Lifelong Gains

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

New Alabama First Class Pre-K Results Show Strong Return on Investment -

For years, the state of Alabama has been a strong champion of early childhood education, and has received high praise for its First Class Pre-K program. Now, new data details the deep impact of the state’s program, showing a strong return on investment. The Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education’s new data shows the state’s pre-k program is not only closing school readiness gaps, but that low-income students are … Read More

NGA Highlights ECE in Annual Winter Meeting -

The National Governors Association (NGA) met this past weekend in Washington, D.C. for their annual Winter Meeting. One particular issue that took center stage, was early childhood education. NGA members including Governors Bentley (R-AL) and Inslee (D-WA), touted the importance of investing in the early years. “Governors believe that early childhood education is the foundation of a successful life and, increasingly, a strong economy,” said Governor Bentley. “That is why … Read More

New Research Highlights Latino Families are Resilient Despite Limited Resources -

The National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families’ latest research highlights young Latino children and families are resilient despite limited resources. Despite many having low levels of income and education, Latino parents have stable relationships and home environments as well job security – often predictive of future, positive, child well-being. The Center’s research show this is not only true for Latinos in general, but Latino immigrant families. Their latest … 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