Nobel laureate promotes early childhood education

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Mon, 01/16/2006 - 21:10.

Nobel laureate James Heckman wrote an important opinion column for the Wall Street Journal. In it, he emphasizes the importance of investing in early child care for disadvantaged families as an economic development strategy. He notes:

It is a rare public policy initiative that promotes fairness and social justice and, at the same time, promotes productivity in the economy and in society at large. Investing in disadvantaged young children is such a policy.

You can read the column here. You can review a summmary of the research findings from the web site of the National Council of State Legislatures here.

The Cuyahoga County Blue Ribbon Task Force recommended a strong commitment to Invest in Children as part of the County's economic development strategy. You can download a copy of the Blue Ribbon task Force report from the County's web site here.

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