Investing in Pre-K: Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why should Montana invest in pre-K?

 

What does quality pre-K really mean? 

Investing in Pre-K: Economic Returns for the State

With an investment in quality pre-K programs, Montana would experience long-term economic returns. Investing in pre-K will:

  • Prepare children to succeed in kindergarten;
  • Support families and parents’ ability to stay in the workforce;
  • Reduce special education costs;
  • Increase earnings of participants; and
  • Reduce criminal justice system


How are pre-K programs delivered to participating children?  

 

How does pre-K impact a child participant?   

 

 

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Do the positive effects of pre-K last?

 

How does investing in pre-K help families?

$7,922, roughly 11 percent of the average Montana family’s yearly income and 37% of the average income for a single parent.[15] The cost of child care for a four-year-old now exceeds the annual cost of tuition at a Montana university.

How does investing in pre-K help businesses?

 

How does investing in pre-K help the state economy?

What preschool programs are currently available in Montana?

 

How will this impact existing private child care providers?

 

How will this impact Head Start programs?

 

Where does the 7-to-1 benefit-cost ratio come from and what does it mean?

 

Do the economic benefits of pre-K exist for both targeted and universal programs?

 

 

How do states ensure public funds are invested in quality programs?

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