Democrats, Republicans and Independents support investments in early childhood programs. 80% of Georgia voters support using portions of lottery funds to provide voluntary Pre-K for 4-year olds.
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
Administered by Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL), Quality Rated is a three-star rating system meant to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality of a child care program. Regardless of their rating, all programs that participate are committed to improving the quality of their program by going above and beyond Georgia’s licensing standards.
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