Can high quality early childhood education lower levels of obesity and hypertension in adults in their 30s? Can comprehensive kindergarten readiness programs like the kind provided by Orange Children & Parents Together lessen symptoms that lead to coronary heart disease in adults? According to acclaimed Nobel Laureate in Economics, Jack Heckman, the answer is a resounding YES! In analyzing a 40 year longitudinal study on the outcomes of early childhood education, Heckman and his team found impressive results in the adults who participated in quality early childhood education programs, like OCPT. The social, emotional, and cognitive development activities inherent in the curriculum at Orange Children & Parents Together, coupled with our programs in health, fitness, and family support services, all contribute to the positive outcomes that Heckman denotes in his findings. At Orange Children & Parents Together, our focus begins with kindergarten readiness, and as shown in the Heckman findings, the results and benefits are experienced well into adulthood and on a community-wide level. Enjoy more in depth analysis of Heckman’s research by clicking here for more information.