Democrats, Republicans and Independents support investments in early childhood programs. 87% of Georgia voters support using portions of lottery funds to provide voluntary Pre-K for 4 year olds.

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RESEARCH

New research finds that comprehensive, 0-5 early childhood programs result in a return on investment of 13% annually. The savings come from improving outcomes in education, health, social behaviors and employment, all of which save taxpayers money and prepare the country for a more competitive workforce.1

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QUALITY RATING AND IMPROVEMENT SYSTEM

Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) has instituted the Quality Rated Child Care program, a tiered assessment and improvement system. A quality rating clearly communicates whether child care providers exceed minimum state requirements by assigning providers a one, two or three star rating, similar to hotels and restaurants.

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1Garcia, Jorge Luis, James J. Heckman, Duncan Ermini Leaf, Maria Jose Prados. “The Life-Cycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program” Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group (12/2016) PDF. Download PDF