The 2013 Data Book
features a pull-out “info-graphic” called “The Big Payoff: Why We Should Be (But Aren’t) Investing the Most in WV’s Youngest Kids.”
The info-graphic outlines, for first time, the dire shortage of high-quality childcare programs for the state’s youngest children.
The info-graphic also features a chart from Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman, who has proven that investments in our youngest children have the highest returns of any age group. According to KIDS COUNT, fewer than 1,700 children under six who need childcare are in care that meets the highest quality standard: nationalstate should be investing more in its youngest children. national data for why the accreditation. Furthermore, the state ranks 45th out of the 50 states in the number of three- and four-year olds enrolled in pre-school, and only one in five West Virginia three-year-olds is enrolled in a pre-school program. The shortage of high-quality childcare programs and low pre-school participation rates stand in sharp contrast to the findings of a 2005 Marshall University study showing the state could earn a $5.20 return for every dollar it invests in high-quality early child development programs.
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