New Report: A Commitment to Pre-K Is A Commitment to National Security

The retired admirals and generals of Mission: Readiness released a new report showing that the Administration’s state-federal early education proposal could lead to two million more high school graduates nationwide and $150 billion in net economic benefits to society over 10 years.  Recognizing that 75 percent of all young Americans are unable to join the military, in large part because they do not have a high school diploma or cannot score highly enough on the military’s entrance exam to be allowed to serve, the retired military leaders called the early learning proposal a national security imperative.

The Mission: Readiness members released the national report, A Commitment to Pre-Kindergarten is a Commitment to National Security, in Washington, DC and state reports at high-quality pre-K centers in Bangor, ME; Dayton, OH; Richmond, VA; Savannah, GA; Louisville, KY; Des Moines, IA; Las Vegas, NV; and San Diego, CA.




National report
Press release

Projected state-by-state graduation rate increases, net economic benefits and research methodology
Map: Changes in graduation rates if Pre-K is brought to scale for low-income children


Maps and graphics from report:

Map: Inadequate Education Prevents Young Americans From Serving (Graduation and ASVAB rates)
Map: Support for Pre-K Transcends Politics
Graphic: Strong New Results from New Jersey
Graphic: State Early Education Improves Educational Outcomes
Graphic: DoD montage

State reports:

California report     Press release
Georgia report       Press release
Iowa report           Press release
Kentucky report    Press release
Maine report         Press release
Nevada report       Press release
Ohio report           Press release
Virginia report       Press release

Learn how quality pre-K benefits children, society and national security

Mission: Readiness is the nonpartisan national security organization of 350 retired admirals and generals calling for smart investments in America’s children to address the fact that military service is out of reach for an estimated 75 percent of all young Americans between the ages of 17 and 24, primarily because they are too poorly educated, are overweight, or have serious criminal records.