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The newest research from Professor Heckman and colleagues finds 13% ROI for comprehensive, high-quality, birth-to-five early education. This research analyzes a wide variety of life outcomes, such as health, crime, income, IQ, schooling, and the increase in a mother’s income after returning to work due to childcare. ABC/CARE collected data on the participants throughout childhood and well into adulthood, allowing for an in-depth analysis of long-term effects in multiple dimensions of human development. This new ROI, representing high-quality, comprehensive programs from birth to five, is substantially higher than the 7-10% return previously established for preschool programs serving 3- to 4-year-olds.
This toolkit provides background information and supporting materials related to the new research. Materials include the academic paper, an executive summary, and FAQ.
You may also download individual resources below.
Academic paper. The academic paper provides in-depth explanations behind the health benefits and the 13% ROI that high-quality, comprehensive, early childhood programs provide.
Summary one-pager. The summary of Professor Heckman’s academic paper provides the key points and takeaways from the research, as well as high-level explanations of the data.
FAQ. Frequently asked questions regarding the research, ranging from an explanation about how the 13% ROI was determined to clarifications around experiment criticisms.
Share graphic. “Comprehensive, quality early learning results in better outcomes for females: more years of education, higher graduation rates, high adult employment/income, high parental income”
Share graphic. “Quality childcare helps grow their income and children grow smarter”
Share graphic. “ABC/Care shows permanent gains in IQ—driving a wide range of better outcomes”
Share graphic. “High-quality birth-to-five programs for disadvantaged children can deliver a 13% return on investment”
Share graphic. “Comprehensive, quality early learning results in better outcomes for males: more education, better health, high employment/income”
Share graphic. “Comprehensive, quality early learning results in better health outcomes for males: lower blood pressure, lower adult hypertension, lower drug use”
Share graphic. “Highlights of the five outcomes associated with high-quality, birth-to-five early childhood education in infographic form.”
- ABC/Care Cost-Benefit Analysis Briefing Presentation. This webinar explains Professor Heckman’s research from the ABC/CARE cost-benefit analysis with specific emphasis on health, early learning outcomes, and quality standards for early learning programs.