This event brought Nobel Laureate economist Professor James Heckman and noted venture capitalist and philanthropist Mr. J.B. Pritzker to San Diego to discuss the economic case for investing in early education. The event was presented in partnership with the San Diego Grantmakers and hosted by the AVID Center.

Click here to download the full event report. You can also see videos from the event here and here.

Professor James Heckman

Dr. Heckman is a Nobel Laureate economist whose illustrious career has seen him repeatedly leverage rigorous research for social good. After winning the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2000, he turned his attention to early education. His research yielded staggering evidence of the merits of investing early: according to his study, each dollar invested in early education returns $7 to the economy. Since 1973, he has served as a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, where he directs the Economics Research Center, the Center for the Economics of Human Development, and the Center for Social Program Evaluation at the Harris School of Public Policy. He is a professor of law at the University of Chicago School of Law, senior research fellow at the American Bar Foundation, and research fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Mr. J.B. Pritzker

J.B. Pritzker is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. He is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Pritzker Group, a private investment firm with offices in Chicago and Los Angeles. He is also a renowned philanthropist and one of the nation’s leading supporters of expanding high-quality early learning (birth – 5) for disadvantaged children. As a principal backer of the First Five Years fund, Mr. Pritzker is a longstanding champion for early education. He also helped establish the Pritzker Consortium on Early Childhood Development at the University of Chicago, led by Dr. Heckman. He is the creator of the Pritzker Family Foundation’s Children’s Initiative.


Achieving Kindergarten Readiness for All Our Children: A Funder’s Guide to Early Childhood Development from Birth to Five (Bridgespan Report)

Event PowerPoint

“Good Schools For All” Podcast, Episode 1 (featuring an interview with J.B. Pritzker)

Event Photos

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