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National praise, and a nudge to expand, for Seattle preschool program

From Seattle Times—A well-respected national organization recently gave Seattle’s preschool program a much deserved pat on the back.

The Seattle program has the highest quality among Pre-K programs in 40 large U.S. cities, according to a new report from the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University in partnership with nonprofit policy advocacy group CityHealth.

Report aims to 'untangle' conflicting research on early learning programs

From Education Dive—It’s easy for educators following research on early-childhood education to get confused. District and school leaders that want to add or expand on-site preschool programs may especially be wondering how to best design a program when one study points to the lasting benefits of preschool and another seems to contradict it.

Seattle Preschool Program Awarded Silver Medal For Second Straight Year

From Seattle Medium—For the second year in a row, the Seattle Preschool Program was awarded high honors by a national assessment of preschool programs.  This national report assessed how the largest U.S. cities address health and well-being issues awarded honors for high-quality preschool programs, out of 40 programs across the country, only 5 programs receiving higher honors than the Seattle Preschool Program.

How Do Houston and Other Large Cities Fare When It Comes to Pre-K?

From Urban Edge—Of the 40 largest cities in the country, only five offered pre-kindergarten programs that met high-quality and accessibility standards, according to the latest annual report from CityHealth, a project of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, and the National Institute for Early Education Research. While cities have been stepping up to create local funding for pre-K, the report found that few of those cities meet the benchmarks that make a program high-quality. And just 60 percent, including Houston, enrolled at least 30 percent of the city's 4-year-olds in the city's pre-K program. 

'Pre-K 4 SA' Gets High Marks in Study of Urban Early Childhood Programs

From WOAI—The non profit institution CityHealth, which is part of the Beaumont and Kaiser Permanente Foundations, along with the National Institute for Early Education Research has studied early childhood education programs in forty major American cities, and says San Antonio's sales tax funded Pre-K 4 SA program is among the five most successful in the nation, with a 'Gold' rating, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

New pre-K report gives Memphis bronze medal, Nashville gold

From Chalkbeat Tennessee—A new report on quality and access to early education programs across the country gives Memphis a bronze medal, mainly for providing prekindergarten for at least 30 percent of the city’s 4-year-olds, and Nashville a gold medal for meeting both quality and accessibility standards.

New York City gets a gold medal for pre-K quality and access, new report finds

From Chalkbeat New York—New York City’s pre-K program earns high marks when it comes to quality and access, according to a new report that ranks early childhood education in major cities across the country.

That’s according to CityHealth, a policy advocacy group, and the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, an authority on pre-K research.

A silver medal for Detroit pre-K. Now where are the kids?

From Chalkbeat Detroit—Detroit has earned a silver rating, the second-highest possible, in a national ranking of urban preschool programs published Wednesday. But the report by the advocacy group CityHealth also says that too few eligible 4-year-olds are enrolled.

CityHealth, a foundation-funded organization that rates America’s largest urban centers based on their public policies, looked at how big cities stack up in offering preschool programs in a report published Wednesday.

Charlotte beats most cities on this first step toward educational equity, experts say

From the Charlotte Observer—If high-quality public prekindergarten is truly the best investment to prepare all children for academic success, Charlotte is positioning itself well, according to a new national study of pre-K in America’s 40 largest cities.

Charlotte was one of five awarded gold-medal status by the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education’s National Institute for Early Educational Research and CityHealth, an organization that provides research-based policy ratings on a range of urban issues.

Many Large City Pre-K Programs Fail to Meet Quality Benchmarks, Study Finds

From Education Week—More large cities are taking the lead when it comes to providing pre-K programs, but a new study finds that less than half of the 40 largest cities in the country meet a research organization's quality benchmarks for these programs. And, only 60 percent offer a pre-K program that reaches more than 30 percent of the 4-year-old population.

How Cities Can Affect Health: "Policy Surveillance" Can Help Show Which Government Policies Actually Work

Government can have an impact on health – if governments actually implement the policies that evidence has shown can work.

Shelley Hearne, president of CityHealth, laid out for National Press Foundation fellows what those policies are and which cities are following them. CityHealth examines the nation’s largest 40 cities for the policies that can make real impacts on people’s everyday quality of life and health. The measures are backed by experts and have a track record of bipartisan support.

Seidman: Creating a healthy community takes a level playing field

For anyone with a more quotidian understanding of “public health,” as the policies and laws designed to monitor and regulate people’s behavioral choices, the conference themes — homelessness, affordable housing, education, economic opportunity, climate change — might have seemed broad or off-topic. But in fact this “bigger picture” is what communities should be looking at to improve health outcomes, said Shelley Hearne, president of City Health, which helps cities create evidence-based solutions to “bigger” problems like these.

The Community Guide: CityHealth Gives Local Communities Evidence-Based Tools to Improve Health

Creating and implementing public health policy can be a daunting task for local communities. Using evidence-based interventions recommended by the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF), CityHealth provided cities with blueprints for healthier populations. “Having a healthy population is one of the best drivers of a strong, vital economy,” said Shelley Hearne, DrPH, CityHealth’s principal investigator. “What we did with CityHealth is conceptually focus on cities. Cities are the centers of innovation. They’re trying new approaches, new strategies, and in addition to a focus on populations and a willingness for cooperation, there may be less partisanship than at a state or federal level.”

Culture of Health Blog: A Journey From Philanthropy to Public Health and Back Again

Building on the partnership theme, Kaiser Permanente recently joined with the de Beaumont Foundation as a national partner in CityHealth. “Kaiser Permanente covers more than 12 million lives,” Brian said, “and they’ve become a partner in CityHealth. That’s a drop-the-mic moment. It shows increasing recognition that healthcare alone can’t make us healthy. That other community-based strategies are needed.”