Invest in Early Childhood Development: Reduce Deficits, Strengthen the Economy View Summary

In this two-page summary document, Professor Heckman argues that the best way to reduce deficits is to invest in quality early childhood development for disadvantaged children. It creates better education, health, social and economic outcomes that increase revenue and reduce the need for costly social spending. “The highest rate of return in early childhood development…

Prevent the Achievement Gap Watch Video

The basic skills needed for success are formed before children enter school. Investing early helps to prevent the achievement gap, and investing in our most disadvantaged children provides the greatest returns. Professor Heckman advocates for investments in prevention—not remediation.

Rising to Meet the Demand for High-Skilled Labor Watch Video

In today's global economy, the demand for high-skilled labor is high. But as demand has increased, the rate at which America has produced high-skilled labor has decreased. Investing in early childhood education ensures that America can meet the demand.

Personality Creates Productivity and Prosperity Watch Video

Ken McNeely, President of AT&T California, explains the importance of social and emotional skills—particularly in the early years of a child's life. Professor Heckman reinforces his message by showing that cognitive skills are important, but character skills are essential.

Early Childhood Development Means Business Watch Video

Ken McNeely, President of AT&T California, explains the importance of collaboration with the public sector to create change for our society and the next generation. His message is reinforced by Professor Heckman's research and recommendations.