A Great Beginning Changes Everything
No matter your focus as a funder – higher education, economic empowerment, or criminal justice – investing in early childhood is the foundation for making a difference.
“Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on — by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime. — President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address”
“There is mounting evidence that early childhood is a crucial period when the brain is most malleable, when interventions are most cost-effective for at-risk kids. — Nicholas Kristof, NEW YORK TIMES”
“Early investment in the lives of disadvantaged children will help reduce inequality, in both the short and the long run. — Dr. James Heckman, Nobel Laureate Economist”
children birth to age 5 in LA County live at or below poverty line