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High-quality early-education programs help children develop.

Almost 4 out of 5 young homeless children (ages 5 years or younger) in New York City aren’t enrolled in public preschool.

Only 7% of all young homeless children were served by Head Start in the 2011-12 school year.

Just 14% of all young homeless children were in a pre-K program during the 200-11 school year.

Sources: James Heckman, “Skill Formation and the Economics of Investing in Disadvantage Children,” Science 312, no. 5782 (2006); New York City Administration for Children’s Services; New York City Department of Homeless Services; New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students; New York City Department of Education.

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