The Center’s director James J. Heckman published a letter in the Washington Post Thursday in response to a new study that claims “that the cognitive gains of early-childhood education programs fade over time.” The study, Heckman writes, “ignores an overwhelming body of recent evidence documenting that so-called fadeout doesn’t exist.”
In an op-ed for The Hill, Prof. James Heckman and J.B. Pritzker write about the importance of combining early childhood education with greater access to preschool in order to promote social mobility across generations. Heckman and Pritzker urge the new administration to make child care more affordable by subsidizing quality early childhood education from birth to age three and then expanding access to quality preschool starting at age four.
James Heckman recently presented research on early childhood programs at The Aspen Forum on Children and Families in Washington, D.C. Professor Heckman shared findings on ABC/CARE, which were published last month as a working paper, “The Life-cycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program.”