University of Wisconsin–Madison

Investing in early childhood development: Reduce deficits, strengthen the economy

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, School District
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Education, Finance & Procurement
Those seeking to reduce deficits and strengthen the economy should make significant investments in early childhood education. Professor Heckman's ground-breaking work with a consortium of economists, psychologists, statisticians and neuroscientists shows that early childhood development directly influences economic, health and social outcomes for individuals and society. Adverse early environments create deficits in skills and abilities that drive down productivity and increase social costs - thereby adding to financial deficits borne by the public.

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