Apr 29, 2015

   

Last week at the Education Writers Association’s 68th National Seminar in Chicago, Professor Heckman outlined a path forward for boosting social, health and economic outcomes and creating a more equitable society through investments in early childhood development. 

 

"Progress is slow and investment too small given the evidence and the significant opportunity to do better. Today, I want to review the strong evidence supporting these initiatives to address how we can make a fairer, more productive society."

 

Read his remarks here.

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Investing in quality early childhood development for disadvantaged children from birth through age 5 will help prevent achievement deficits and produce better education, health, social and economic outcomes. Such investments will reduce the need for costly remediation and social spending while increasing the value, productivity and earning potential of individuals. In fact, every dollar invested in quality early childhood development for disadvantaged children produces a 7 percent to 10 percent return, per child, per year.
- Professor James Heckman