Source: EdSurge

As venture capitalists and private-equity firms continue to invest billions of dollars in education, they’re increasingly directing their funds to early childhood development, a long-neglected subset of the education population. Since 2016, government spending on early childhood programs has increased 17 percent and private capital has risen 12 percent, according to a panel of impact investors at SXSW EDU. On a larger scale, federal funding has grown 62 percent in the last decade…and state funding for preschools alone has increased 47 percent in the last five years.