Investing in quality early childhood education helps disadvantaged young children, and it is among the best ways to fuel economic growth. Study after study has demonstrated that the rate of return is between eight and 16 times the amount invested, through better educational outcomes, improved health, greater economic productivity and reduced crime.

These benefits last a lifetime. Many communities across the nation, and in our region, are already making this investment. Pima County is in now a position to make such an investment: Pima County Preschool Investment Program.

As of 2017, there were approximately 27,000 three- and four-year-olds in Pima County. Half these children live in families

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