“The Heckman Equation”: Invest in the Children’s Campus of Kansas City
It is difficult to ask for money and probably even more difficult for charitable foundations, organizations, and individuals to identify which organizations to support. However, the Heckman Equation makes it clear that if we are to change the life trajectory of young children living in poverty, we must invest in quality early education programs. James Heckman, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago won the Nobel Prize in Economics for his “work to understand the great gains to be had by investing in the early and equal development” of young children and their families.
Invest in the early years + Nurture cognitive and social skills in children birth to age 5 + Sustain early development with effective education to adulthood = Gain a capable, productive and valuable workforce that pays dividends to America for generations to come.
The Children’s Campus of Kansas City (CCKC) invests and nurtures young children and their families. It opened in 2010 with three major tenants that committed to work together and create business efficiencies, reduce the duplication of services in the community, and most importantly, to provide comprehensive services under one roof, to young children, birth to 5 years of age, and their families. They also committed to participate in an applied research study that would lead to improved outcomes for children and families. Basically, this means that as the tenants learn what works or doesn’t work, they modify their programs/interventions to support individual child and family needs.
Over 1,000 children and their families receive early education, parenting education, health care, mental health services, and family support services each year through the Children’s Campus of Kansas City.
PLEASE consider making a financial gift or contribution to the Children’s Campus of Kansas City. Three million dollars remains to be paid on the original mortgage of $16 million. Once the mortgage is paid off the tenants will no longer make lease payments. Instead, $480,000 paid annually by the tenants will be redirected into expanded program services.
If you need one more reason to invest in the Children’s Campus, here it is. Independent research studies show that children who receive services through the CCKC are entering school with enhanced language skills, have fewer social and emotional concerns than when they enrolled in the program, and are excited about learning.
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