Age 21 Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Title I Chicago Child-Parent Center Program
University of Wisconsin – June 2001
This study conducted a full cost-benefit analysis of the federal Title I Child-Parent Center (CPC) Program in Chicago. The CPC is a school-based preschool and early school-age intervention program for low-income children that emphasizes parent involvement and the development of literacy skills.
Previous studies have shown quality early education programs to be independently associated with higher student achievement and lower dropout rates. Participation in these programs also led to lower incidences of juvenile arrests and reduced need for school remedial services
The University of Wisconsin review concluded that economic and societal benefits of the CPC program far outweighed the costs. For every 1,000 children who have participated in the program, $26 million in public benefit resulted. Given the number of participating children through 2001, these benefits translated to $2.6 billion in public savings.