The President’s State of the Union address last night was remarkable for many reasons. One of the most important points, I’d argue the single most important, was the president’s call for ‘national Pre-K’. After the speech, Ezra Klein, a columnist with the Washington Post and an MSNBC analyst, used the work of Nobel Prize Winner and COTC interviewee, James Heckman, to make the case behind the president’s claim that ‘every dollar spent on pre-K saves us seven dollars later’. (See video of Obama’s statement and Kleins’ analysis).
For more on the economic arguments behind the case for investing in children’s school readiness, read our interviews with:
James J. Heckman – Nobel Prize Winner in Economic Sciences 2000; Professor, University of Chicago; Lead Author: The Productivity Argument for Investing in Young Children
Arthur J. Rolnick – Senior Vice President & Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis; Co- Author: The Economics of Early Childhood Development
Eric Hanushek – Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution of Stanford University; Chairman, Executive Committee for the Texas Schools Project; Member, Koret Task Force on K–12 Education
For more on the early childhood development research behind the case for investing in children’s school readiness, check out these COTC chapters on Readiness and Preschools and this index of resources on Child Health and Development.