Early Childhood Education

The demand for high quality, research-based early education programs is steadily growing.

Early childhood is the single most important phase of development: 90 percent of a child’s brain growth occurs between birth and the age of three.

Early childhood education that focuses on brain development research not only gives children a head start, it also paves a solid foundation for their well-being, school readiness, and later success in life. Adults who benefit from early childhood education programs are 2.5 times more likely to continue on to higher education and enjoy higher median income than those who were not afforded the same opportunity.

Investing in early childhood education also benefits our communities. On average, society sees a return of $7 for every $1 invested in early childhood education programs.

In 2010, more than 60 percent of 3- to 5-year-olds were enrolled in preprimary education, and 58 percent of those attended full-day programs. In 2013, EPR Properties made our first investment in early childhood education centers with Children’s Learning Adventure.

With curriculum-based, child-centered infant, preschool, and afterschool programs for children up to the age of 12, Children’s Learning Adventure creates dynamic learning experiences within its expansive outdoor playgrounds and specialized classrooms, including miniature shops for children to learn while playing in real-world scenarios, a cutting-edge science center with a planetarium, a multimedia room with a mock TV studio, an expansive library that encourages reading discovery, and a garden and an art studio to expand children’s creativity.

A logical extension of our education platform, our investment into Children’s Learning Adventure is our first step into this burgeoning, competitive market. With enhanced amenities and demographically driven real estate, this early education property allows us to increase our diversity and geographical reach with assets that are highly prized by triple net investors.

“Fast Facts: Preprimary Education Enrollment.” Fast Facts. U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Statistics, n.d. Web. 01 Sept. 2013. <http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=516>.

Rokosa, Jennifer. “Fighting the War on Poverty with Early Childhood Education.” American Progress. Center for American Progress, 20 Oct. 2011. Web. 01 Sept. 2013. <http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/poverty/news/2011/10/20/10547/fighting-the-war-on-poverty-with-early-childhood-education/>.

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Early Childhood Education *

53

Early Childhood Education Centers

100%

Leased

8

Operators

* As of March 31, 2017