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Investing in Young Children Pays Dividends: The Economic Case for Early Care and Education
Thursday June 27th, 2007
The JEC will discuss how investments in early childhood programs can improve child outcomes, ease the burden on public resources, enable higher labor force participation, and lead to higher future productivity and economic growth. The committee will hear testimony from expert witnesses including a Nobel Prize winning economist, the Governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius, and a child care expert from Pennsylvania concerning the inadequacy of current investments in child care and early education and how the federal government can help states develop and expand high quality early childhood development and education programs.
Opening Statements: Senator Schumer's Opening Statement
  Senator Casey's Opening Statement
  Representative Maloney's Opening Statement
Witnesses: Dr. James Heckman, Nobel Prize-winning professor of economics from the University of Chicago
  Kathleen Sebelius, Governor of Kansas
  Harriet Dichter, Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning
  Douglas Besharov, Director of American Enterprise Institute’s Social and Individual Responsibility Project
Charts and Data: Dr. Heckman's Return to Investment Chart
  State-by-State Data
Location:   216 Hart Senate Office Building
Time:      11:00 a.m

Nobel Prize-Winning Economist, Kansas Governor, Early Learning Expert to Tout Economic Benefits of Quality Child Care and Early Education

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