Shareable Graphics: Gender Differences in the Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program View Share Graphic

These graphics highlight key research takeaways in the Gender Differences in the Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program paper. As with most early childhood studies, they find that quality early childhood education benefits low-income children, but they also find significant differences by gender. Although all children benefit most from high quality care, girls show some…

Shareable Graphics: Lifecycle Benefit an Influential Early Childhood Program View Share Graphic

These shareable graphics highlight key takeaways of Professor Heckman’s latest research, “The Lifecycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program.” The research shows that high-quality birth-to-five programs for disadvantaged children can deliver a 13% per year return on investment—a rate substantially higher than the 7-10% return previously established for preschool programs serving 3- to 4-year-olds.…

The Rate of Return to the HighScope Perry Preschool Program View Academic Paper

This academic paper re-analyzes the effects of the Perry Preschool Program and confirms the 7-10% rate of return previously estimated in “Schools, Skills, and Synapses.” It can be used to justify investment in high-quality preschool programs for disadvantaged children. This paper estimates the rate of return to the HighScope Perry Preschool Program, an early intervention…

Research Summary: The Jamaican Study View Summary

Published in the journal Science on May 30, 2014, a study by Professor Heckman, UC Berkeley economist Paul Gertler, and fellow researchers at the University of Chicago, the University of the West Indies, the World Bank and the University of London finds that a high-quality early childhood intervention boosted the earnings of severely disadvantaged children…

The Heckman Equation Brochure View Summary

A simple introduction to Professor Heckman’s work and the power it has to solve some of the most pressing social and economic problems we face. Use this resource at meetings and events to support your argument for the value of investing in early childhood development. 1. Intelligence and social skills are developed at an early…

Research Summary: Perry Preschool and Character Skill Development View Summary

This two-page research summary provides proof that social and emotional development in early childhood development drives better education, health, social and economic outcomes. Heckman highlights the influence that character skills have on school, career and life success, and provides guidance for how advocates and policymakers can use the research to promote effective social and economic change.…