Accelerate Innovation and Collaboration

Pritzker Children’s Initiative supports research on the impact of key interventions that influence the developmental outcomes of at-risk children.

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University of Chicago

The Nobel Prize-winning University of Chicago Economics Professor James Heckman’s research focuses on the economic impact of investing in early learning and development. PCI supports the University’s Center for the Economics of Human Development for ongoing research by Professor Heckman as well as the dissemination of The Heckman Equation and related resources for advocates, investors and practitioners.


Harvard University

Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child is led by the reknowned pediatrician and brain scientist Dr. Jack Shonkoff. The Center’s goal is to work toward meaningful policy and practice change that impacts the learning capacity, health, and economic and social mobility of young children facing adversity. PCI supports the work of the Center’s the Frontiers of Innovation project centered on mobilizing science to stimulate fresh thinking about how best to address the needs of children who face the cumulative burdens of poverty, maltreatment, violence, family mental illness, and discrimination.


Erikson Institute

In the U.S., millions of young children, ages birth through five, are in home-based child care settings with child care providers or with family, friend and neighbor caregivers. PCI is supporting a three-year, multi-phase initiative which will allow the Erikson Institute to survey existing provider networks and identify and disseminate effective, evidenced-based models of support for home-based child care using these networks.  



Georgetown Center for Children and Families

The Center is one of the nation’s leading independent, nonpartisan policy and research organizations working to expand high-quality, affordable health coverage for America’s children and families. Working with researchers at the University of North Carolina’s Sheps Center for Health Services Research, PCI supports the center’s examination of Medicaid’s reach in rural areas and how it has changed over time.