Nobel prize winner shows that investment in early education provides the highest returns, both for individuals and society.
The early childhood is the stage where the investment in education has the highest returns, both for individuals and society. Jim Heckman, Economy Nobel Laureate, showed that strong development of cognitive abilities at an early age are fundamental for economic success (1).
The following graph shows how is the return on human capital investment as a function of age. Overall, the highest impact is achieved investing in early education, at preschool, and it decreases towards adulthood
The reason is that, during childhood, the human brain goes through the most significant transformations, where neural complexity grows faster, at 1000 new neural connections per second, and the quality os those early learning experiences had the deepest and meaningful impact on the cognitive abilities development.
Providing children with a rich and stimulating environment during the first 1000 days is crucial to help to protect the brain from degenerative diseases at adult age, and to create the foundations for the development of more complex cognitive abilities, modifying their brain architecture (2).
Several studies made during the last decade across complementary fields of research (neuroscience, education, psychology, and economy), had been increasingly shown that besides an adequate nutrition, to provide a good quality early education is the key to the economic and affective success of individuals at adult age (3), no matters their initial social condition or the challenges faced during their lifetime.
We want to contribute to improving the quality of those early learning experiences, by providing a unique educational tool based on research and advanced technology to stimulate the multiple intelligences of children, combining the benefits of the physical and digital worlds to create an engaging and meaningful learning experience for preschoolers.