A smart investment for a smarter Australia: Economic analysis of universal early childhood education in the year before school in Australia

A smart investment for a smarter Australia: Economic analysis of universal early childhood education in the year before school in Australia

25 June 2019

This report presents study findings on the economic benefits of early childhood education in Australia.

This report has been prepared by PriceWaterhouseCoopers and published by The Front Project.

The report presents findings from a study on the economic benefits of quality preschool education. It assessed the short-, medium- and long-term economic benefits for children, their parents, governments and employers.

Among its key findings, the report found that:

  • expenditure on early childhood education provides a significant return on investment
  • each $1 spent generates benefits of $2 to the children, their families, government and business
  • the largest driver of these benefits is the impact on children's cognitive abilities.

Access the report via The Front Project website.

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