The Link Between Early Childhood Education And Crime And Violence Reduction

Fact Sheet | July 1, 2002

Executive Summary

Quality Childcare Cuts Crime

Powerful evidence from one study after another proves that high quality care in the first years of life can greatly reduce the risk that today’s babies and toddlers will become tomorrow’s violent teens and adults.

New research on Chicago’s government-funded Child-Parent Centers tracked 3 and 4 year olds enrolled in the program for 15 years.

Children who did not participate in the preschool program were 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime by age 18.

This confirms similar results from the High/Scope Perry preschool program. A 22-year study of this program showed that leaving at-risk children out of this program multiplied by five times the risk that they would become chronic lawbreakers as adults.


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