Does Preschool Education Really Pay?

When do the Payoffs Start and How Big is the Return?

On June 22nd, 2011, an Economic Forum on Early Learning took place in Toronto. Economist Dr. Pierre Fortin of the University of Québec at Montréal discussed his new work that reveals the benefits of Quebec’s full-time, publicly-supported learning and care program begin immediately and the payoffs are more far-reaching than speculated. 

Award-winning economist Robert Fairholm of the Centre for Spatial Economics spoke about how almost all Canadian governments make the wrong decision when allocating their economic stimulus dollars. At a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Lars Osberg, McCulloch Professor of Economics at Dalhousie University, these researchers presented their findings and provided some new ways of thinking and talking about the public's interest in early childhood.

The event was hosted by the Funders Working Group, a group of charitable foundations that is supporting the distribution of the Early Years Study 3, by the Hon. Margaret Norrie McCain, Dr. Fraser Mustard and Kerry McCuaig.


Economic Impacts of Early Learning and Care (183.7 KB)

by Robert Fairholm

Economic Consequences of Quebec’s Educational Childcare Policy (57.6 KB)

by Pierre Fortin

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