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Why invest in early childhood?
Developed by University of Chicago professor, James Heckman, the Heckman Equation helps us to understand the need to invest in
quality early learning for children in their first years of life:
Invest + Develop + Sustain = Gain
Investing in resources for disadvantaged families which nurtures the development of cognitive and social skills, sustained through
education into adulthood leads to a gain for the overall economy of a productive and valuable workforce.
The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University provides astounding evidence of the importance of investing in early childhood through five numbers to remember:
700 new neural connections are formed in the first few years of life.
18 months is the age at which disparities in vocabulary begin to appear.
90 to 100% chance of developmental delays when children experience 6 or more risk factors.
3:1 odds of adult heart disease after 7-8 adverse childhood experiences.
$4 to $9 returns for every dollar invested in early childhood.
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