On March 23, Professor Heckman gave the keynote address at the 7th Annual Early Learning Water Cooler Conference in Sacramento. The event, hosted by the Advancement Project and co-sponsored by the California Department of Education, brought together a diverse group of experts, legislators and stakeholders to build consensus around policy solutions that improve early care and education.
Drawing on new and longitudinal research, Professor Heckman made the case for refocusing public policy on cost-efficient evidence-based investments in young children and families to reap significant social and economic benefits, promote growth and opportunity, reduce inequality and disadvantage, and boost global competitiveness.
Other speakers included Carol Larson, President and CEO of the Packard Foundation; CA Senator Holly Mitchell; and Camille Maben, Executive Director of First 5 California – to name a few.
Professor Heckman with Carol Larson and Advancement Project staff.