Percent of Children (age 3-4) Enrolled in a Pre-Kindergarten Program
High quality early child care and education contributes strongly to promoting the well-being of young children and putting them on a positive life trajectory. Additionally, there is a robust body of evidence that demonstrates that high quality early care and education yields a high return on investment, reducing the costs of social programs and spurring employment, higher wages, and home ownership. Unfortunately, far too many children in the St. Louis region lack access to high quality, affordable early care and education programs. Furthermore, there are concerning racial disparities in the number of children accessing these critical early childhood programs.
United States Census Bureau. American Community Survey. ACS School Enrollment. ACS 5-Year Estimates Data Profiles: 2020. Table: S1401. Accessed at https://data.census.gov/.
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