Investing in the Early Years

Feb 14, 2017

Researchers in psychology, neuroscience, and economics find that a child's earliest experiences, even before kindergarten, can have far-reaching effects, according to a new report called "Making the Case for Investment in NH's Children," which will be released on Thursday, February 16th. We look at what communities around New Hampshire are doing to address these critical years, and what it costs to ensure long-term benefits -- for children and society. 


  • Jackie Cowell - Executive Director of Early Learning NH, a statewide organization that advocates for child care programs and the families they serve.  
  • Lynn Karoly - Senior economist at Rand Corporation. She studies early care and education programs and author of a new report: "Making the Case for Investment in NH's Children," which will be presented to business and political leaders on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Bedford Village Inn.
  • Tom Raffio - former chair of the State Board of Education and President and CEO of North East Delta Dental. 
  • Marty Ilg - Executive Director of Lakes Region Child Care Services, which includes childcare centers in Laconia, Belmont, and Plymouth, as well as before and after school programs. 
  • Katie Scherwin - Chief Operating Officer of W.S. Badger Company, based in Gilsum.