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CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions.

By supporting long-term interdisciplinary collaboration, CIFAR provides researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. Our time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, accelerates discovery and yields breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. Through knowledge mobilization, we are catalysts for change in industry, government and society. CIFAR’s community of fellows includes 19 Nobel laureates and more than 400 researchers from 22 countries. In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the world's first national AI strategy.

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An economic perspective on investment in early childhood education

by CIFAR
Feb 6 / 14
Craig Alexander reviews an analysis from a TD Economics report on the benefits of investing in early childhood education.

He outlines the gains for children, parents, the economy and society and reviews the cost-benefit estimates, demonstrating that Canada under-invests in this area relative to other advanced economies. He discusses how stronger skills development can help address many public policy priorities.

A presentation by the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist for TD Bank Group at CIFAR's From Cell to Society symposium on Feb. 6, 2014.