James J. Heckman is the Henry Schultz distinguished service professor of economics at the University of Chicago. He is the lead author of “The Productivity Argument for Investing in Young Children” and a study on the Perry Preschool Program.
Bright Beginnings leads the design, delivery, and evaluation of innovative programs to promote the healthy development of all children in the first three years of life. Our programs are offered at no charge to all parents and caregivers throughout Colorado.
Want to help parents and caregivers to improve their children’s chance of a bright future? We believe in a neighbors-helping-neighbors approach and so rely heavily on volunteers to deliver our programs. Help your neighbors and community by presenting our research and evidence-based programs to local parents and caregivers! By partnering with Bright Beginnings, individuals and organizations are making a difference in the lives of more than 20,000 children annually, helping to maximize their early development and learn skills critical for school readiness.
“I am glad to hear about the expansion of Bright Beginnings. It truly changes lives. You can use my words and I hope it encourages other parents to participate. We haven’t been perfect parents by any means, so the program seems pretty effective. We didn’t have money for organized activities or educational toys, but learned how to interact with what we had. This levels the playing field for low income families and it can work for everyone. That is one of the reasons I love what you’re doing… We were fortunate to be in Denver when our newborn baby arrived without instructions. Bright Beginnings had some excellent instructions that we really needed. Thanks again! Lori.”