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Early Learning Left Out: Public Spending on Children’s Education and Development in Illinois

Children are Illinois’ most valuable natural resource. Healthy, well-educated children will grow up to fulfill civic responsibilities and support the state’s economy. Recent research on how children develop has revealed that a huge amount of their learning and brain growth, as much as 85 percent, takes place long before they reach school age. Comprehensive, high-quality investments in education and development in the early years have demonstrated high monetary returns on investment—both to government and society in reduced social costs and increased economic activity, and to the individuals served in improved educational and economic status. Download and read report

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