Professor James J. Heckman recently spoke to the Financial Times regarding his findings on early childhood development. He told FT that evidence shows that many early childhood programs “are not as powerful as some people had hoped.”
He offers four tips based on his research for how to successfully intervene in early childhood in order to influence life outcomes. Professor Heckman recommends targeting only the most disadvantaged children, engaging parents more in childrearing, keeping programs simple, and noting that interventions effect girls and boys differently.
“The argument that should be made is (one that links) investment in children to growth in the economy,” he says.