No Fadeout. Lasting Effects. Watch Video

Our video highlights the benefits to children who receive high quality early childhood education, and refutes critics’ claims that gains fadeout. The vast body of research shows that high quality early childhood education has lasting effects for disadvantaged children. Children arrive at school ready to learn and build upon early skills development.

No Fadeout. Lasting Effects. Watch Video

This video explains the concept of fade up, not fadeout. It illustrates the misconceptions of basing lifelong achievement on third-grade test scores, and how success in life stems from more than cognitive factors.

Fadeout Toolkit View Toolkit

Clicking the “Download” button will send a zip file to your computer’s Downloads folder. Fadeout is a myth. Quality early childhood education provides persistent boosts in socio-emotional skills even if cognitive skills taper in the short-run. Gains in socio-emotional skills ultimately create better education, health and economic achievement. It’s time to focus on developing the whole child…

13% ROI Research Toolkit View Toolkit

Clicking the “Download” button will send a zip file to your computer’s Downloads folder. 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…

Getting our heads around Head Start View Statement

There has been much talk about Head Start and its effectiveness after President Obama recently proposed a comprehensive national plan for early childhood development. Opponents of the plan claim the National Head Start Impact Study (NHSIS), released in December 2012, shows that government investment in early childhood development is ineffective—a generalized conclusion that is neither…

Early Childhood Education: Research Summary View Summary

This two-page summary document is for those who need to prove that government investment in early childhood education for disadvantaged children pays off for individuals and society. Early Childhood Education is a comprehensive investment of government-subsidized early childhood development programs—including Head Start. Heckman and co-authors Sneha Elango, Jorge Luis García and Andrés Hojman find that…

Early Childhood Education: Making Sense of All the Research. View Statement

Tulsa, Tennessee, Quebec—we’ve seen a number of new studies on the effectiveness of early childhood education. Some say it works, others say it doesn’t. Professor Heckman and his co-authors Sneha Elango, Jorge Luis Garcia and Andres Hojman provide clarity in Early Childhood Education, a new working paper that makes sense of a number of seemly…

Quality Early Childhood Education: Enduring Benefits. View Statement

This article first appeared in The Hechinger Report on October 15, 2015. Disadvantaged children who receive quality early childhood development have much better education, employment, social and health outcomes as adults, the vast majority of research shows. Unfortunately, this good news is getting lost in the current obsession over third-grade test scores. This is the…

Vanderbilt Pre-K Study: You get what you pay for View Statement

Vanderbilt University’s study of Tennessee’s Voluntary Preschool Program evaluates a low quality early childhood program using a flawed methodology. Randomization was corrupted by noncompliance with the intended experimental protocol. The press release accompanying the report exaggerates the importance of the findings and the quality of the evidence. Many students assigned to treatment refused to cooperate and the  investigators…