News and Announcements

October 4, 2017

Professor Heckman Gives Lecture on Early Childhood Education in Brazil

CEHD Director James J. Heckman recently gave a lecture on ways to promote economic and social opportunity in Brazil. The event, “The challenges of early childhood: Why investing in children from zero to 6 years will change Brazil,” was organized by Exame and VEJA magazines and supported by the Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation, Femsa Foundation, and United Way Brazil.
July 24, 2017

New Research: An Analysis of the Memphis Nurse-Family Partnership Program, by James J. Heckman et al.

In a new working paper James J. Heckman and co-authors analyze a randomized control trial of the widely-known Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program that took place in Memphis in 1990. The program provided home visits with nurses to disadvantaged, first-time mothers from pregnancy until two years after birth. NFP aimed to improve the long-term success of disadvantaged children “by promoting healthy maternal behaviors and by fostering parenting skills.” This paper evaluates the impact through age 12.
July 17, 2017

Heckman Discusses Investing in Early Childhood Education at Aspen Ideas

Professor James Heckman shared recent research on investing in early childhood education at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. Heckman, who spoke on the Aspen, CO panel alongside entrepreneur Jackie Bezos, discussed ideas for applying his research to social policy. “What I want to argue today is that successful programs, successful interventions…promote social mobility,” he said. He noted that a major obstacle for lifting families out of poverty is the diminished social mobility of low-income children. “We need to think about the family and supporting the family.” Professor Heckman provided evidence from his work showing that childcare and child development are integrally related, noting that low quality childcare can have harmful effects. You can listen to the panel, titled “The ROI That Matters: Investing in Kids and Families to Build a New Economy” below. Play “The ROI That Matters: Investing in Kids and Families to Build a New Economy”      
May 23, 2017

Gender Differences in the Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program

All childcare programs are not alike. New research by Center director James J. Heckman and co-authors provides evidence that low-quality childcare can actually have harmful effects on child development, particularly for boys. “Gender Differences in the Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program,” by Professor Heckman, Jorge Luis García, and Anna Ziff, also helps elucidate recent claims about the harm caused by childcare programs.
April 21, 2017

The Center’s Early Childhood Research Featured in the New York Times

“The Life-cycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program,” a recent working paper by Center Director James Heckman, Jorge Luis García, and co-authors, was featured this week in a New York Times article on the importance of high-quality early childhood education. The article notes the multi-generational benefits of early childhood investment.
April 12, 2017

HCEO Announces Winner of Dissertation Prize

The Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group is pleased to announce the winner of its first-ever dissertation prize, Eric Chyn. He submitted the dissertation “Moved to Opportunity: The Long-Run Effect of Public Housing Demolition on Labor Market Outcomes of Children.”
March 2, 2017

Research Network Pilot Grant Applications Are Now Open

We are pleased to announce that the Center’s Research Network On The Determinants Of Life Course Capabilities and Outcomes initiative is now accepting applications for its Pilot Grant Program.
February 24, 2017

James J. Heckman Responds to New Study on Fadeout

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.”
February 9, 2017

James Heckman and J.B. Pritzker on Combining Quality Child Care with Preschool

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.
January 30, 2017

Heckman Presents Findings at The Aspen Forum on Children and Families in Washington, D.C.

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.”