Perry Preschool: Intergenerational Effects Toolkit

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Professor Heckman’s recent research looks at the life outcomes of Perry Preschool participants at midlife, as well as outcomes of their children. After putting the data through a series of rigorous tests, Heckman finds that those children who participated in the Perry Preschool program had significant gains in personal and family life outcomes that provided their children with positive multi-generation effects on education, health, employment and civic life. Early childhood education resulted in stronger families and significantly contributed to upward mobility in the next generation—an indication that early childhood education can be an effective way to break the cycle of poverty.

This toolkit provides background information and supporting materials related to the new research. Materials include the full academic papers (The Perry Preschoolers at Late Midlife: A Study in Design-Specific Inference and Intergenerational and Intragenerational Externalities of the Perry Preschool Project), a research summary and sample social media posts.

You may also download individual resources below.

Academic papers. Download the companion research papers from Professor Heckman and his co-author Ganesh Karapakula for the in-depth findings on the outcomes of Perry participants and their children.

Summary one-pager. This summary of the research provides key data points, takeaways and the applications for policymaking.

2021 Summary one-pager. Follow-up research on Perry Preschool participants at age 54, summarized.

Share graphics. Share key data points and high-level findings from the latest Perry Preschool research with your networks, paired with sample social copy.

FAQ. Frequently asked questions regarding the research, ranging from how this research differs from Professor Heckman’s previous studies to more in-depth information about how children were chosen to participate.

Webinar – May 13, 2019. View a presentation of the Perry Preschool: Intergenerational Effects webinar and download the presentation slides.