Taxpayers save $100,000 for every Detroit child given tools to succeed in school

First-of-its-kind study helps policy makers, non-profits, business leaders measure a per child return on investment in early childhood programs.

Making sure even just one more Detroit child reaches kindergarten ready to learn saves Michigan’s taxpayers almost $100,000 according to a study, that for the first time, quantifies the per child economic value of preparing Michigan children for long term educational success, starting at birth.

The "Detroit’s One-Child School Readiness Dividend" study was commissioned by Max M. and Majorie S. Fisher Foundation, endorsed by more than 20 other organizations and conducted by St Paul, MN based Wilder Research.  

Statistics and savings for investment in very young children in Detroit and in Michigan overall are available in the full report.

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