Head Start’s Return On Investment

Child Development Services

January 5, 2011

Head Start generates a Return On Investment (ROI) that could make hedge fund managers envious.

For every $1 invested in Head Start, America reaps a ROI ranging from $7 to $9.1 James Heckman, a Nobel Laureate in Economics at the University of Chicago, recommended to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Reform, “Early Head Start and Head Start are programs on which to build and improve-not to cut.”2 Investing in early childhood education programs, such as Head Start, yields a higher rate of return to society than spending money on secondary education and job training
programs.

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