Nevada ranks 50th in the nation in education: 70% of children are not attending preschool, 75% of fourth graders are not proficient in reading, 71% of eight graders are not proficient in math, and 42% of high school students are not graduating on time.
Only 25% of young people ages 17 to 24 would qualify to serve in the U.S. military. The rest could not meet the physical, behavioral or educational standards for service—standards that are similar to those many industries use in hiring.
At-risk children who do not receive a high quality early childhood education are: 25% more likely to drop out of school, 40% more likely to become a teen parent, 50% more likely to be placed in special education, 60% more likely to never attend college, and 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime.
According to James Heckman, the Henry Schultz distinguished service professor of economics at the University of Chicago and a winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, the investments made at birth to age five yield the highest return.