A STRONGER ECONOMY
Social and emotional learning in the early years aids in future employment and economic benefits for society.
From the early years
to the earning years.
Beyond the positive impacts to brain development, success in school and society as a whole, social and emotional development in the early years has been directly tied to important economic impacts as well – from greater income for SEL-equipped individuals (and higher tax revenue as a result), to various economic benefits for us all.
Since an emphasis on SEL can prevent costly health, policing, employment and other deficits from emerging in the first place, all evidence points to the importance of starting as early as possible. The research is clear: SEL benefits children from all walks of life equally, the returns are significant, and the cost of doing nothing is far too great.
“Quality early learning and development programs can foster valuable skills, strengthen our workforce, grow our economy and reduce social spending.”
– Professor James J. Heckman, Nobel Laureate in Economics
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Success in the Workforce
The Economic Benefits of SEL
The Cost of Doing Nothing
SEL Benefits Everyone
Since development gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged children happen well before kindergarten, an emphasis on social and emotional learning is far more effective in the early years than later on, and also far less costly. Regardless of gender, ethnicity, income or ability, research has proven that SEL benefits all children equally. In fact, studies have shown that a strong foundation of social-emotional skills in young children might just be society’s “great equalizer” – providing young children from all backgrounds with the tools they need to lead happy, healthy, productive lives.