Data from the highly regarded Abecedarian Project, led by Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, indicates that those who were engaged in high quality early childhood programs in the 70’s are still benefitting from those experiences as adults. Although the research continues to show the benefits of high quality early care and education opportunities for all young children, high quality experiences are especially beneficial for children in low-income families.
Providing high quality care involves much more than the classroom materials and resources. Attracting, hiring and retaining high quality professional staff is the single largest expense for child care programs. Programs struggle to keep rates affordable for families and yet offer staff competitive compensation, benefits, and continued education and training. Many programs seek additional support and financial resources to offset some of the costs to provide high quality programming for children and families and yet be able to retain qualified staff.