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Investing in quality learning and care for children strengthens our community now and in the future

The community has a responsibility to make sure that children are provided with the means to develop and learn. Children are our community’s most valuable resource, and as they grow and learn, they join and contribute to the community in vital ways. Investing in children has the highest rate of return and greatest economic impact.

How and Why to get involved

Providers can choose an area of focus and the number of areas to focus on to meet their quality enhancement goals:

  • Invest in early childhood programs
  • Sponsor individual educators and caregivers
  • Participate in Local Child Care Planning Council
  • Consider employer supported child care
  • Advocate with policymakers and other community stakeholders

A Quality Investment

Investing in quality early childhood development improves outcomes in education, health, and productivity. Early childhood education is the most efficient way to build the future for upward mobility and preparing an educated, skilled workforce.

Investment in birth to five early education results up to 13% return on investment per year based on increased school and career achievement as well as reduced costs in remedial education, health and other expenses. Yet almost 75% of young children do not receive early education that would prepare them for their future success.

Butte County has over 9,000 children birth to age five with all parents in the home working. There are currently 4,657 licensed child care slots for children in Butte County. Lack of child care options or unstable care arrangements impact the productivity and reliability of parent employees, and thus business profitability and success.

An investment in quality child care is an investment in the existing and future economy and labor force.

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Invest in educational and developmental resources for disadvantaged families to provide equal access to successful early learning development.


Nurture early development of cognitive and social skills in children from birth to age five.


Sustain early development with effective education through adulthood.


Gain more capable, productive, and valuable workforce that pays dividends to America for generations to come.

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