More than 15 years ago, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis published Early Childhood Development: Economic Development with a High Public Return by then-Director of Research Art Rolnick and Economist Rob Grunewald. The paper placed a spotlight on the economic return from investing in young children and families. Since its publication, advocates, policymakers, and philanthropists have used the paper, along with newer evidence, to make a case for increased investments in young children. Many communities have increased their resources devoted to home visiting, early learning, and health programs. Despite this progress, millions of families lack access to critical resources, such as a high-quality learning environment, for their children.
On October 23–24, 2018, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners gathered at the Minneapolis Fed for the Innovation in Early Childhood Development and K-12 Education Conference. Presenters applied research to pressing policy and practice questions. The articles linked below highlight key topics and takeaways about early childhood issues featured on the first day of the conference.