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

US 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, DC, March 4, 2014. The White House projected a steady fall in the US deficit over the next decade while the economy grows moderately, as it released its budget for the 2015 fiscal year on Tuesday. The budget foresees the American economy growing by 3.1 percent this year and by 3.4 percent the next, with inflation remaining under control, rising to only 2.0 percent in 2015.AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US 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, DC, March 4, 2014. The White House projected a steady fall in the US deficit over the next decade while the economy grows moderately, as it released its budget for the 2015 fiscal year on Tuesday. The budget foresees the American economy growing by 3.1 percent this year and by 3.4 percent the next, with inflation remaining under control, rising to only 2.0 percent in 2015.AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/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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