Getting a good start

The numbers on preschool education


By the numbers If you are old enough, you remember it as nursery school. But it is called preschool now. And we have learned it is much more than a handy place to stash our children. Preschools prepare our children for kindergarten, which prepares them for elementary school, which prepares them for … anyway, it works out well, by the numbers.

4,900,000 Number of American 3- and 4-year-olds enrolled in preschools.

6 Percent of 3- and 4-year-olds enrolled in preschool 40 years ago.

64 Percent of 3- and 4-year olds enrolled in preschool now.

143,000 Dollars of additional lifetime income for adults who attended a quality preschool as children, according to a study.

11,000 Dollars saved per pupil by school districts with preschools because participants are less likely to need remedial or special education.

31 Percent higher, the vocabulary scores of children who earlier attended preschool.

44 Percent higher, the math scores of children who earlier attended preschool.

$22,190 Average pay for preschool teachers (not good enough).

57 Page in this edition of Chicago Parent where you can find out more on current funding and support status of Head Start (could be better).

12 Percent public return on financial investment in preschools, according to study by a high-ranking Federal Reserve Bank official (as good as these things get).

Zay N. Smith


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