Economic Impact

FFYF and Bipartisan Congressional Women’s Caucus Host Hill Briefing On Early Childhood Education -

This week, the First Five Years Fund, in cooperation with the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, convened a panel of experts to highlight the importance of high-quality early childhood education and development. Brain science confirms that the first five years of life play a critical role across all domains of learning and development. A number of federal programs, combined with efforts on the state and local levels, help children from … Read More

Fed Chair Janet Yellen Says Early Childhood Education Is Key to Ending Generational Cycle of Poverty -

A new study released by the Federal Reserve shows that children who grew up in poverty are two times as likely to struggle financially later in life. Fed Chair Janet Yellen spoke to a conference on community development today, where she says that providing children with the opportunity to learn important skills earlier is essential to ending this generational cycle of poverty. “This research underscores the value of starting young … Read More

Heckman on Quality Early Childhood Education: There Is No “Fadeout,” Only Lasting Benefits -

An abridged version of the following letter to the editor of the Washington Post was published February 24, 2017. The letter can also be found on The Heckman Equation website.    By: James J. Heckman A new study, Persistence and Fadeout in the Impacts of Child and Adolescent Interventions, was featured in a Washington Post analysis on January 17, 2017, making the claim that … Read More

MomsRising Releases Strong Start for Strong Cities Initiative -

Supporting access to affordable, high-quality early learning begins in the heart of our communities. This past week, MomsRising released the Strong Start for Strong Cities, an initiative that supports access to affordable, high-quality early learning opportunities in cities across the country. Together with The National League of Cities and School Readiness Consulting, MomsRising released a guide for how mayors and other municipal leaders can support early learning. The … Read More

At Aspen Forum, Heckman Emphasizes Importance of Quality in Early Childhood Programs -

One week after the inauguration of Donald Trump, policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and philanthropists gathered in Washington, D.C. for the Aspen Institute’s Forum on Children and Families. Among the list of impressive speakers and presenters was Nobel Laureate economist James Heckman from the University of Chicago. Professor Heckman used his time to share compelling data from his groundbreaking new research on the benefits of starting early with comprehensive, high-quality, birth-to-five … Read More