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Early Childhood Development

Since 2003, the Minneapolis Fed has been a national leader in research and analysis of the return on investment in early childhood education, while also driving innovative public policy and funding.
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The essay “Early Childhood Development: Economic Development with a High Public Return” by then director of Research Art Rolnick and economist Rob Grunewald launched a conversation among researchers, policymakers, and educators about the importance of investing in high-quality early childhood education. Today, Minneapolis Fed staff and experts across the Federal Reserve System contribute, via research, speeches, and community partnerships, to this ongoing conversation about one of the more pressing educational, social, and workforce issues facing the nation’s economy.


The importance of Early Childhood Development
Rob Grunewald summarizes the economic value of public investment in children and families.
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Regional Economic Conditions: Health of the Minnesota child care sector key image
Regional Economic Conditions: Health of the Minnesota child care sector
COVID-19’s disruptions disproportionately hit child care workers, key image
COVID-19’s disruptions disproportionately hit child care workers
Pandemic pushes mothers of young children out of the labor force, key image
Pandemic pushes mothers of young children out of the labor force
Scanning the early childhood development landscape in South Dakota, key image
Scanning the early childhood development landscape in South Dakota
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Community Reinvestment Act and Early Care and Education: Connections and Context for the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Minnesota’s education systems show persistent opportunity gaps by race, key image
Minnesota’s education system shows persistent opportunity gaps by race