On December 10, 2014, President Obama called together state and local policymakers, mayors, school superintendents, corporate and community leaders, and advocates for the White House Summit on Early Education, highlighting collective leadership in support of early education for America’s children.  Participants discussed effective strategies and programs that support and bring high-quality early childhood education to scale.   HCEO Director James J. Heckman presented his case for high-quality early childhood programs that support both children and their families in the crucially important early years of life.