Friday, February 17, 2017

New Report Focuses on Investing in Children

As many as one in three children in NH face risks in early childhood that may compromise their development and readiness to succeed in school, resulting in poorer academic performance and lower graduation rates, according to a new RAND Corporation report prepared for the Endowment for Health.

The report looks at the state’s current early childhood investments—from birth to kindergarten—and compares the costs and benefits of increased funding for low-income children in specific evidence-based programs. For example, every dollar invested in a program in which nurses visit low-income, first-time mothers at their homes would produce benefits per child that exceed the cost of the program, specifically $4 to $6 for every dollar invested.

Learn more in this BusinessNH briefing.