Early childhood development is economic development

By Peter Kent

Rob Grunewald, noted economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, is a passionate advocate of quality early childcare and education initiatives. “Early childhood development is economic development because it improves the quality of the future workforce and creates tremendous cost savings for society,” Grunewald said.

He spoke to Upstate business and community leaders in May, at the request of Janet Marsh, research associate in Clemson’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life. Marsh’s research has shown that children who attend early childhood development programs tend to have higher school readiness scores than those who do not. Further, children who attend high-quality programs tend to be better prepared for school than those who attend programs of lesser quality.

“It is important that high-quality childcare be available to both single-parent and two-parent families so our state’s children are prepared to succeed in school and in life,” Marsh said.

For information: Janet Marsh, 864-656-0229, jmarsh@clemson.edu