The state should fully fund a high-quality education for all children. Our children – and our economy and our future – require that. The well-being and education of our children should be our state’s highest priority, especially when it comes to the investment of public resources in programs that make a real difference in the lives and futures of children. Significant research shows that 90 percent of human brain development occurs by age 5.
If children are our future, Florida should be investing more in them when it matters the most — during their earliest years. Nothing less than the economic future of our state and the stability, safety and security of the communities in which we live is at stake. Studies show that $1 invested in high-quality early childhood programs can save society at least $4 in costs associated with more prisons, more police and prosecution, more remedial programs, higher health-care obligations.