Need proof that Birth to 5 services make a difference in families’ lives? How about a 13% per child, per year return on investment!
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KIPS TIPS May 2017

Greetings ! 
Here are links to research and resources to help you broadcast the values of Birth to 5 services to your funders and your community. The Heckman team gives us all the tools we need to make the case for high quality comprehensive services.
Wishing you all a nurturing summer with your families!
Marilee & Phil
The KIPS People ~ Comfort Consults


Need proof that Birth to 5 services make a difference in children’s and families’ lives?  How about a 13% per child, per year return on investment!  This ROI is based on the positive long-term outcomes in education, health, social behaviors and employment achieved by high quality Birth to 5 programs.

F_Heckman_ECEMotiff_Sharegraphic_2016-3-copy.jpgJames Heckman, energetic champion of early childhood investment, lays out a hefty argument to convince taxpayers, community boards, private and public funders of the high value of comprehensive early childhood services.  Heckman, Nobel Prize Winner and Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, offers solid evidence for investing in early intervention in his latest report, The Lifecycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood ProgramThis report goes far beyond previous reports advocating preschool programs by citing long-term benefits of Birth to 5 programs for children 30 years later.  (Learn more in our KIPS blog - Investing in Early Years & Parenting Are Keys to Lifelong Success.)

“We already know money invested in high-quality, comprehensive programs pays off.  Now we know it pays off more when we invest in disadvantaged children from birth – not just preschool. High-quality, birth-to-five programs can deliver a 13% ROI which is substantially higher than the 7-10% return previously established for preschool programs serving 3- to 4-year-olds.” [ email 5/9/2017, New Resource: 5 outcomes of quality birth-to-five early childhood education]

To help spread the word, the Heckman team has developed handouts and sharable graphics for all of us to broadcast the amazing long-term benefits of comprehensive Birth to 5 services. Resources of your choice are available on the website. You can back up your argument with findings from research summaries, FAQs, cost-benefit analyses, and academic papers. You can also download zip files of topical Toolkits on 1) health benefits, 2) the myth of educational fadeout and 3) lifecycle benefits of comprehensive early childhood programs.

When touting early childhood programs, be sure to highlight your local KIPS  parenting outcomes.  Your KIPS data and success stories will document the valuable intermediate outcomes you are achieving to build long-term benefits for your children and families.  For examples, take a look at how two Arizona PAT programs have used KIPS to highlight success with their families. 

Thanks for all you do to build nurturing parenting that matters to children!


Welcome New KIPSters! 

Allegheny Highlands PAT, Parsons, WV

ARC of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, FL

Burlington United Methodist Family Services, Martinsburg, WV

Children's Home Society WV, Parkersburg, WV

Children's Hospital Wisconsin Community Services, Rhinelander, WI

Cornerstone Family Interventions, Madison, WV

Fort Bend County Behavioral Health Services, Richmond, TX

Greenbrier/Pocohantas PAT, Marlinton, WV

Marshall Co. Family Resource Network, Moundsville, WV

Mountain State Healthy Families, Huntington, WV

New River MIHOW, Fayetteville, WV

Newcastle Parent Infant Partnership, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota, Bismark, ND


RESA8 Early Head Start, Martinsburg, WV

SOLAR, BSMHFT, West Midlands, United Kingdom

Upper Kanawha Valley PAT, East Bank, WV

Wetzel Co. Center Children and Families, New Martinsville, WV


Where Can I Find KIPS Online Training and Supports?

KIPS online training and support systems use three separate web addresses. It's a good idea to bookmark each in your browser, so you can get to them when you need them.

Here are the links:

KIPS eLearning:

KIPS Annual Check Up:

KIPS Library:

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Marilee Comfort & Phil Gordon

The KIPS People - Comfort Consults

POB 82, Cheyney, PA


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