02/05/2011 02:43 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

National Institutes Of Health Study: Early Childhood Education Benefits Kids, Taxpayers

Investing in early childhood education can yield impressive economic benefits -- both for children and taxpayers, according to a National Institutes of Health study that followed participants until age 26.

Each dollar spent on Chicago-based, federally funded Child-Parent Centers generates $4 to $11 in return, both because children finished high school or college, earning more than their peers, and also because participants were less likely to be held back, arrested, depressed, involved with drugs or sick, the study says.

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