ECE: A Huge Return on Investment

Did you know that investments in early childhood yield much higher returns than investments made in programs targeting older individuals? Spending public resources on high-quality early education programs yields greater returns than does spending on programs focusing on later life (e.g., class-size reduction, job training, tuition subsidies, and convict rehabilitation programs). (Source: Heckman, J. J. (2006). Skill Formation and the Economics of Investing in Disadvantaged Children. Science, 312(5782), 1900-1902.)

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