November 19, 2021

Build Back Better Early Childhood Provisions Rest on CEHD Research

The Build Back Better spending package passed by the House of Representatives early Nov. 19 funds free preschool and other provisions that add up to “the largest investment in child care in the nation’s history.” The economic rationale for that investment is based on a body of research from Director James J. Heckman and colleagues, including recent work by coauthors associated with CEHD.
August 18, 2022

CEHD is hiring a Scientific Project Manager

CEHD is hiring a driven, mission-oriented Scientific Project Manager to support its variety of research projects. This is a dynamic, impactful position of high responsibility with a wide-ranging variety of work.
December 7, 2022

UChicago Economics Center Partners with Casa Central to Support Chicago Families

CHICAGO — The University of Chicago’s Center for the Economics of Human Development (CEHD) has selected Casa Central as its community partner in an ambitious home visiting program that will support Chicago families. The program aims to strengthen parents’ capacity to support their child’s early learning and skill development—the foundation for success in life. Together, CEHD and Casa Central are partnering with Irish program Preparing for Life (PFL) to adapt and implement its proven Dublin-based home visiting program in Chicago. The new Chicago Home Visiting Partnership Project will provide comprehensive support—including prenatal education, evidence-based parenting programs and case management—from pregnancy until age five. Casa Central will take the lead in serving families with home visitors trained in the PFL model. PFL will provide ongoing consultation, while CEHD researchers will evaluate outcomes to gain a better understanding of which supports and services most effectively promote healthy child development. CEHD is directed by James J. Heckman, a Nobel prize-winning economist who has studied the impact of early childhood interventions for decades. Casa Central’s commitment to serving Chicago communities and transforming lives dates back to 1954. The organization provides comprehensive, well-regarded community services, including early education and support for families. After a multi-step selection process, Casa Central was selected from a pool of 18 potential partners. “We are delighted to be working with Casa Central. Their mission, vision, and community- and family- centric approach aligns so well with our aims. This new initiative will make a difference in the lives of Chicago children […]