Pritzker Consortium on Early Childhood Development

The Pritzker Consortium on Early Childhood Development, directed by Professor Heckman, recognized the critically important role that the first five years of life play in determining human potential. The Consortium brought together the world's leading experts to identify when and how child intervention programs can be most influential, and produced a large body of research (see listed below).

The Consortium assembled and rigorously compared data from numerous studies conducted by experts across the globe. It then leveraged the data to provide policymakers, non-profits, and the business community with more comprehensive and accurate research on the value of public investment in early childhood programs. Through this work, the business community is likely to gain new insight into the economic benefit and fiscal responsibility of supporting programs designed to help children five years old and under.

Members & Consultants

Members

Jeanne Brooks-Gunn
Frances Campbell
James Heckman
  • Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, University of Chicago
David Olds
Elizabeth Pungello
Craig Ramey
  • Distinguished Professor of Health Studies at Virginia Tech University and Former Director of the Center for Health and Education at Georgetown University
Sharon Ramey
  • Susan H. Mayer Professor for Child and Family Studies at Virginia Tech University and Former Director of the Center for Health and Education at Georgetown University
Arthur Reynolds
Larry Schweinhart

Consultants

Louise Derman-Sparks
  • Professor Emeritus, Pacific Oaks College, former member of the National Advisory Group, National Association of Family Child Care, original implementer in the Perry Preschool Project
Evelyn Moore
  • Past President of the National Black Child Development Institute, original implementer in the Perry Preschool Project

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