Early Childhood Education Has a High Rate of Return

A video excerpt of a 2010 speech Professor Heckman gave to business leaders and policymakers in Chicago. He states that quality early childhood education programs for disadvantaged children have high rates of return and warrant public investment. His presentation is followed by testimonials from business leaders and policymakers who talk about the value they see in early childhood education.

Quality birth-to-five early childhood education delivers the greatest return on investment by producing:

  • Early childhood education for disadvantaged children delivers a 13% annual return on investment, significantly higher than the 7-10% return delivered by preschool alone.
  • Lasting boosts in cognition and socio-emotional skills.
  • Integrating early health and nutrition with early learning, providing reliable child care and having a developmentally focused program delivered by nurturing teachers and skilled

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Financial Stability

Stabilizing Financial Security for Women

“To shepherd our collective efforts and move the needle to improve the economic well-being of single low-income women, we must understand how asset in-equality is compounded by structural barriers to wealth building for women, including accessing income, tax benefits, social services programs, and financial products and services.”

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Women, Race, & Wealth

“Wealth is the key to ensuring economic security and it is what enables families to build a better future. Wealth – what you own minus what you owe – acts as the fence between temporary setback and economic catastrophe; it allows us to live and retire with dignity and security. Without savings or wealth of some form, economic stability is built on a house of cards that quickly crumbles when income is cut or disrupted through job loss, reduced work hours or reduced wages, or if families suffer from an unexpected health emergency. Wealth is also tied to the well-being of the next generation, as it provides parents with the ability to help pay for their children’s college education, and can also be passed down from generation to generation. In fact, the intergenerational transfer and impact of wealth is one of the reasons why racial wealth inequities have become entrenched.”

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low-income children access to
Early Childhood Education
classes and quality afterschool and summer programs
low/uninsured families with access to
Medical Screenings and Health Exams
as well as prescription assistance and other therapy needs
children, adults, and families with
Meals and Bags of Groceries
over 46,000 eligible children, adults and families
low-income pregnant girls and women
Pregnancy Related Care Needs
including prenatal care, resource assistance, and parenting classes
families and individuals with
Family and Domestic Violence Care
including access to shelters, resource counseling, and case management