Children with access to quality early learning opportunities are more prepared for kindergarten. They have increased vocabulary, better language, math and social skills, and more positive relationships with classmates. And as they go forward in school and life, they are less likely to need special education services or be held back a grade, and are more likely to graduate and go on to college.

In fact, multiple studies show that quality pre-K programs generate a return on investment of seven (7) to ten (10) dollars for every dollar invested. The benefits to communities include decreased use of welfare and social services, remedial education, and job re-training.

Note: This indicator reflects the number of 3- and 4-year old children who are in high quality early learning settings. We recognize that the goal for this indicator will never be 100 percent, as some children are best served by their parents, families or friends and may not attend preschool.  However, for those children who do attend preschool, our goals should be that they are attending high quality programs.