The Center on Children and Families (CCF) at the Brookings Institute recently published a new brief, How Much Could We Improve Children’s Life Chances by Intervening Early and Often? (July 2014), by Isabel V. Sawhill and Quentin Karpilow. The brief finds that well-evaluated targeted interventions can close over 70% of the gap between more and less advantaged children and can greatly improve social mobility and enhance the lifetime incomes of less advantaged children. The brief also suggests that the programs would have a positive ratio of benefits to costs for the American taxpayers. The biggest challenge is taking these programs to scale without compromising their effectiveness.
Read the brief here.