My TEDx talk on why early childhood programs are key to local economic development

My recent TEDx talk is now posted on YouTube.  In 15 minutes, this talk summarizes my argument for why early childhood programs can build stronger local economies.  It summarizes some of the key points from my book Investing in Kids.

The argument is that there is strong research evidence that high quality early childhood programs will help former participants have better skills as adults.  A sufficient number of former participants will remain as adults in the same local community, which gives large-scale early childhood programs the potential of significantly increasing local labor force quality.  Better local labor force quality will increase job growth and wages for everyone in the local community.

TEDx talks are independently organized forums that follow the TED model of succinct, informative talks for a broad audience on a variety of topics. This particular TEDx event was organized by Dennis Sullivan and Doris Bergen of Miami University of Ohio. It included a variety of talks on early childhood programs, all of which can be found linked at the event’s webpage.

About timbartik

Tim Bartik is a senior economist at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, a non-profit and non-partisan research organization in Kalamazoo, Michigan. His research specializes in state and local economic development policies and local labor markets.
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