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Here's Why More Preschool Options Would Make The World A Better Place

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U.S. President Barack Obama is helped up from the floor by children as he tours a pre-K classroom at Powell Elementary School prior to speaking on the Fiscal Year 2015 budget in Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014. | SAUL LOEB via Getty Images

Stats like these make it hard to argue against expanding access to early childhood education.

An infographic released recently by Rasmussen College, a for-profit institution with campuses around the country, shows exactly why families need to have more access to high-quality preschool options.

The infographic spells out the positive chain of events that occurs when more kids go to preschool: More education tends to lead to more high school graduates; and when the high school graduation rate is improved by just 1 percent, there are thousands of fewer assaults, burglaries and thefts each year, according to Rasmussen's data.

Yet, as the infographic also shows, the percentage of 4-year-olds enrolled in early childhood education programs has barely budged over the past few years. While some state governors have started doing their part to improve enrollment rates, a federal bill written last year by several congressmen looking to expand preschool enrollment has gone nowhere.

Take a look at the infographic below:

Infographic by Column Five for Rasmussen College.

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