Why Early Learning Matters In Louisiana 


Reduced Crime

Investing early in children’s lives is a sound strategy for building stronger, safer communities. High quality early childhood programs have a positive impact on children’s behavioral health and social competence, and research has shown that high-quality early care and education programs reduce the likelihood of arrest later in life.


Moreover, the costs of high-quality early childhood services pale in comparison to the high economic and social costs incurred by the criminal justice system and correctional services. In addition to costs on the criminal justice system, arrests lead to decreased productivity, earnings, and tax revenues.  High-quality early childhood programs can yield significant savings to our state that far outweigh the price of investment.


Additional Resources:

Early Education Cuts Crime and Saves Money

The Link between Early Childhood Education and Crime and Violence Reduction

School-Based Early Childhood Education and Age-28 Well-Being: Effects by Timing, Dosage, and Subgroups