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Groundbreaking Study Shows Comprehensive Birth-to-Five Programs Yield 13% ROI

Posted December 12, 2016 in News

New research from Nobel Laureate economist James J. Heckman and colleagues finds that comprehensive, birth-to-age-five early childhood programs can produce higher economic returns than those previously established for preschool programs serving 3- to 4-year-olds.

Professor James Heckman and colleagues from the University of Chicago and the University of Southern California’s Schaeffer Center released The Lifecycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program. The groundbreaking study shows that high quality birth-to-five programs for disadvantaged children can deliver a 13% per child, per year return on investment through better outcomes in education, health, social behaviors and employment, reducing taxpayer costs down the line and preparing the country’s workforce for a competitive future. The research is based on North Carolina’s Abecedarian Project.

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For the first time, health benefits have been calculated to determine the economic value of better health outcomes. The result? Even higher returns than originally estimated in Prof. Heckman’s analysis of the Perry preschool program.
For the 1st time, health benefits were calculated to determine the economic value of better health outcomes. The result? Even higher ROI.

There is no fadeout. ABC/CARE shows permanent gains not only in social emotional skills, but also IQ.
There is no fadeout. ABC/CARE shows permanent gains not only in social emotional skills, but also IQ.
Females in the ABC/CARE program had significantly better life outcomes than those who didn’t receive center-based care, or who received lower quality care.
Females in the ABC/CARE prgm had sig. better life outcomes vs those who didn’t receive center-based care, or who received lower quality care

Males in the ABC/CARE program had significantly better life outcomes than those who didn’t receive center-based care, or who received lower quality care.
Males in the ABC/CARE prgm had sig. better life outcomes than those who didn’t receive center-based care, or who received lower quality care.
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Quality childcare matters. Results from Prof. Heckman’s recent ABC/CARE analysis demonstrate significant benefits to children and their families.
Quality childcare matters. Results from Prof. Heckman’s recent ABC/CARE analysis show significant benefits to children & their families.

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