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Research and Reports
The Lifelong Impact of Preschool
Florida ranks 37th in resource allocation to its voter mandated Pre-K program. The program meets only 3 out of 10 national benchmarks that evaluate overall program quality and access. Watch this important report by CNN to find out how improving Florida’s Pre-K program makes good economic sense. Watch the Video
More Evidence For Why U.S. Is Dropping in Global Rankings
According to new analysis of 2013 federal data by Southern Education Foundation, the nation’s oldest education philanthropy, this is the first time in at least 50 years that a majority of U.S. public school students are living in poverty. An average of 51% of U.S. students in PreK – 12th grade now reside in low income families. The results are even more troubling considering that the U.S. economy is reported to be improving. The reports reflects that 59% of Florida’s public school children are living in poverty. Read the full report. Read the article
Yale Study Shows Economic Rewards of Medicaid for Children
A new novel study from Yale looked at the long-term impacts of Medicaid for children once they become adults. Using newly available tax records measured over decades, they found people who had been eligible for Medicaid as children, as a group, earned higher wages and paid higher federal taxes than their peers who weren’t eligible for the federal-state health insurance program. And the more years they were eligible for the program, the larger the difference in their earnings. Read the article
Florida Drops to 28th in National Rankings of Public School Systems
Florida ranked as high as fifth and no lower than 11th in overall ranking in previous years of states and the District of Columbia according to Education Week in its “Quality Counts” report. The significant drop from past years is a result of the improved methods for ranking based on measureable outcomes versus policy and administrative requirements. Read the article
United Way ALICE Report
A new United Way of Florida Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) Report finds a startling 45 percent – or 3.2 million – of all households in this state cannot afford basic housing, child care, food, healthcare, and transportation. Despite working, often at more than one job, these individuals and families earn too little for a sustainable lifestyle.
The Correlation between Social and Economic Progress
Learn more about the very real correlation between economic opportunities and the social well-being of children by watching these videos.
Wealth Inequality in America — Learn the reality of how America’s wealth is distributed versus how we think it is distributed.
Social Progress Index 2014 Results — Learn why measuring GDP alone cannot create long-term prosperity and well-being.
The Raising of America — This video preview of a new PBS series, scheduled to air in 2015, gives an overview of what stands in the way of our country’s progress and what we can do about it.
From Pre-K to Prosperity
The number of adults and children relying on assistive social services such as welfare and Medicaid is climbing at an alarming rate. To address this negative trend the authors of a newly released report, “Pre-K to Prosperity,” inform readers about how the investment in high-quality early learning programs is not only a cost effective solution, but is also cost-efficient. Pre-K is the economically proven investment that provides children with critical thinking, oral, and written comprehension abilities that can reverse their future need for welfare and Medicaid assistance. High-quality Pre-K programs give children abilities and skills that are fundamental to their future learning success and is the foundation for growing a world-class workforce and prosperous economy. Read the article
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