CityHealth and the National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER) recently convened Pre-Kindergarten policy leaders from cities across the country to exchange ideas and best practices on how to establish high quality, accessible early childhood education programs in localities. This blog presents a read-out of that session.
By Tim Burgess, Former Mayor of Seattle and City Councilmember
I have spent much of my political career working to expand access to high-quality, affordable Pre-K for Seattle’s young children, and I am proud of the Seattle Preschool Program that came out of that work. I also recognize that our work is far from over, as thousands of children – many of them low-income or children of color – enter kindergarten unprepared to succeed. When the opportunity arose to participate in the CityHealth through Pre-K Summit, and spend 2 ½ days in Detroit learning about evidence-based strategies to develop a quality Pre-K program and engage with early childhood leaders from around the country - I jumped at the chance to do so.