Achieving Kindergarten Readiness for All Our Children: A Funder's Guide to Early Childhood Development from Birth to Five

10/20/2015

Summary

Remarkably, one in four American children come from low-income families and enter kindergarten not ready to learn. As a result, these children fall behind from the very start. Achieving Kindergarten Readiness for All Our Children aims to change that. This guide offers numerous specific, evidence-based public investment opportunities private donors and government can pursue immediately to make an impact.

Highlights

J.B. and M.K. Pritzker discuss the importance of early childhood education for at-risk children in this Foreword.

Download a list of 13 investment opportunities philanthropists can make today to support early childhood education for at-risk children.

Download the fact sheet on Achieving Kindergarten Readiness for All Our Children.

Download a press release about the guide.

Read "The Early Childhood Challenge for Philanthropists" on Stanford Social Innovation Review.

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When every child has the opportunity to meet his or her full potential, we strengthen families, our communities, and the nation’s economic future. Remarkably, one in four American children come from low-income families and enter kindergarten not ready to learn and, as a result, fall behind from the very start. Our nation pays a heavy price through larger taxpayer burdens in remedial and special education, more costly health interventions, and increased criminal justice expenditures. Research shows that for a fraction of those costs, preventive investments in high-quality early childhood programs can avoid the high price of remediation and bring enormous benefits to the economy. Further, early intervention strengthens families and accelerates a child’s ability to learn, thus increasing the effectiveness of K–12 education.

America vastly underinvests in early childhood programs that work, especially in the critical period from pregnancy to age three. This guide offers numerous specific, evidence-based public investment opportunities private donors and government can pursue immediately to make an impact. We cannot afford to wait. Philanthropy, business, and government must work together to expand early childhood opportunities so that all children arrive at school ready to learn and with an equal chance to achieve success throughout their lives.

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Table of Contents

Foreword from J.B. and M.K. Pritzker

Highlighted Support for Early Childhood Investments

Summary of Philanthropic Opportunities

Part I: What does the research tell us about the importance of early childhood development? What do we know about what works?

Part II: What outcomes matter most for very young children?

Part III: What are the immediate barriers to achieving better outcomes for low-income children?

Part IV: What are the most effective investments philanthropy can make?

Postscript

Acknowledgments

Additional Commentary

Appendix A: List of Interviewees

Appendix B: Sources

Appendix C: ECLS-B Technical Appendix 

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