In this 10-page excerpt from “Big Ideas for Children: Investing in Our Nation’s Future,” Professor Heckman discusses his early findings on the need for early childhood education and the economic benefits of providing it.
Recent research by Cunha and Heckman (2007a) shows that in American society, about half the inequality in the present value of lifetime earnings is due to factors determined by age 18.Public investments in Early Childhood Care and Education have grown and continue to grow considerably, in part based on rigorous research establishing the importance of investing in the first 5 years of life.A large body of evidence on early childhood interventions has found short- and medium-term effects that extend beyond narrowly academic or cognitive outcomes to improvements in pro-social and anti-social behaviours, skills such as self-regulation, commitment to schooling, risky adolescent behaviours, aggression, delinquency, crime, employment and earnings, and both mental and physical health.According to Piaget, a superior learning environment was that in which children “build understanding through direct experiences with people and objects in the world around them” (Henninger, 67). B.: Consequences of three preschool curriculum models through age 15.This curriculum gives children the opportunity to learn through “active, hands-on learning experiences” (Henninger, 68) and helps them to understand the different relationships between things such as cause-and-effect, common characteristics, and “spatiotemporal relationships” (up/down, inside/outside, etc.) (Henninger 68-69). Read more Explore Terry Leibowitz's board "High Scope" on Pinterest, the world's catalog of ideas.