Back-to-School for Our Youngest Learners – How Pre-K Roots Our Kids in a Healthy Start

By Mark Del Monte, CEO/Executive Vice President of the American Academy of Pediatrics

The start of Pre-Kindergarten is a milestone. For the child, it is their first experience entering school, and  for their caregivers it is an emotional moment seeing their child grow up and go to “big kids” school, and for communities it brings new opportunities to support the education and health of its youngest residents.

Researchers have long shown that children benefit enormously from high quality Pre-K. Kids enter school better prepared, ready to learn, and are less likely to repeat a grade later on. Pre-K also accounts for increased high school graduation rates and increased years of education completed.

City Health through Pre-K – Learning from Our Peers and Building Relationships Across Sectors is Key to the Success of Our Cities’ Young Children

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.