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Early Learning

Why it Matters

The basic architecture of the human brain is constructed through an ongoing process that begins before birth and continues into adulthood. When you are building a house, you go step by step, beginning with a strong foundation. Just like a house, a strong foundation in children’s early years increases the probability of positive outcomes. A weak foundation increases the odds of later difficulties.

Since we understand this brain science, we know that the early years are pivotal for setting children up for future success. It is better to get it right when children are young than to try to repair a weak foundation later in life.

The Children’s Movement of Florida advocates for state funds to be invested in early learning initiatives that help lay a strong foundation for children so that their brains can develop seamlessly.

And the science is behind us. Expanding early learning initiatives would provide benefits to society of roughly $8.60 for every $1 spent, about half of which comes from increased earnings for children when they grow up, according to a recent analysis by the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

ROI on pre-k investment is 1$ invested for $8.60 return

Our Principles for Early Learning in Florida

2021 bills passed related to early learning:

Bill sourcing courtesy of the Florida Children’s Council.

Click below to read about why we support HB 419/SB 1282.

Florida programs we support that contribute to early learning:


For more visit our Partner Content page.

  1. The Lifecycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program – The Heckman Equation. Research summary that discusses the social, economic, health, and educational benefits of Early Childhood Programs.
  2. The State of Preschool 2019 – Florida’s State Preschool Yearbook – National Institute for Early Education Research. Gives a brief overview about the current state of Florida’s VPK program along with its strengths and weaknesses.
  3. The Current State of Scientific Knowledge on Pre-Kindergarten Effects – Brookings Institution. A study that discusses the current state of Early Childhood programs across the county and the importance of high quality programs.
  4. The Effects of Florida’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program – University of Virginia EdPolicyWorks. Discusses the history of the Florida’s VPK program along with some analysis.
  5. Graduates of Early Childhood Program Show Greater Educational Gains as Adults – National Institutes of Health. This news release from the NIH talks about how the benefits of an Early Childhood program go beyond giving a child a head start in their elementary school years.

Disclaimer: These links to third-party websites are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only. They do not constitute an endorsement or approval by The Children’s Movement of Florida or its affiliate organizations and partners.