Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Invest in Families First

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Invest in Families First

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The Oct. 16 commentary"Early Childhood: The Best Investment" by Pittsburgh Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak and congressional candidate Erin McClelland enforces the Heckman Equation of Nobel laureate James Heckman that early education will pay great dividends to society. Very true, but Professor Heckman adds:"The most successful programs would mirror what's going on in the most successful families."

There is also much irrefutable data that identifies most successful families as stable, two-parent households that function well. The suggested early education puts the cart before the horse -lots of investment into education of children with no solid foundation that results from good parenting.Data also indicates about half of all children are not born into a family at all. …

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