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.

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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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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.

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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