Perry Preschool Propaganda Project Reality Check: Daycare: The More You Spend, The More You Save!!!???

Spending billions will add $2 TRILLION!

Daycare lobby economists, often from the corporate sector, come to this fantastical “costs/benefit” conclusion largely based on the 1962 Perry Preschool Project.

That’s the study that found every $1 “invested” saves $7. It involved 58 intellectually challenged, underprivileged African-American 3- to 4-year-olds with young at-home mums on welfare…but they didn’t even count the costs of welfare, and they did count large hypothetical payouts to victims of crime (Heckman’s “new economics”?). Unlike real daycare/preschools, there were weekly home-visits, parent group meetings, and 3 hours per day of classes with a 1:5 teacher:child ratio.

Then this so-called “data” is regurgitated by the OECD and in Canada by daycare lobbyists such as Fraser Mustard, Charles Pascal, Clyde Hertzman, Hillel Goelman, Michael Krashinsky, Gordon Cleveland…