Half of Washington’s children enter kindergarten unprepared.
Children who do not have access to high quality early learning experiences are:
- 25% more likely to drop out of school
- 40% more likely to become a teen parent
- 50% more likely to be placed in special education
- 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime
Our children deserve better — and we cannot afford not to solve this problem.
Early Learning is a Great Investment
The research proves it and so do our graduates.
For every $1 invested in pre-kindergarten, there is a return of investment of around $7. Investing in early learning now means we won’t be paying nearly so much down the road for “safety net” and correctional services. Beyond budgets, DLEC kids deserve a chance at a quality education and opportunity to be successful. Children from low-income families deserve to grow up in the same high-quality learning environments you would choose for your own children. A Rice University study found that a child from a high-income family will experience 30 million more words within the first four years of life than a child from a low-income family. DLEC helps close the “opportunity gap” so that kids can enter kindergarten ready to be successful and their families have the tools to support them.