San Antonio

How does your city stack up when it comes to pre-K quality?

From The Hechinger Report—Nationwide, the number of cities offering public pre-K for young children is expanding, but many of the programs they offer lack the quality that leads to long-term benefits for kids, according to the recently released report by CityHealth, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, in partnership with the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). That means cities could be missing opportunities to ensure that children are healthy and making cognitive and social-emotional gains.

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.

WTTW Chicago Tonight: Chicago Ranked As One of the Healthiest Cities in the US

Kristen Thometz | February 17, 2017

The Windy City is the gold standard for health and well-being, according to an assessment of city policies aimed at improving residents’ health.

A new initiative by the de Beaumont Foundation, aptly named CityHealth, assessed the country’s top 40 cities on nine policies it identified as key to improving health and well-being.

"We want every person, in every city, to live the healthiest possible life and we've identified ways that cities can make significant improvements," Ed Hunter, president and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation, said in a statement. "Good health extends into every aspect of our lives – from paid sick days to early education, from safe streets to safe food."

Cities were assessed on policies categorized by de Beaumont as such:

  • Paid sick leave
  • High-quality, universal pre-kindergarten
  • Affordable housing/inclusionary zoning
  • Complete streets
  • Alcohol sales control
  • Tobacco 21
  • Clean indoor air
  • Food safety and restaurant inspection
  • Healthy food procurement

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San Antonio Express News: San Antonio recognized for smoking ban, pre-K access, safe streets, but falls short in other ways

By Brittney Martin, Staff Writer

February 15, 2017 

Among the nation’s 40 most populous cities, San Antonio was found lacking when it comes to healthy community policies, according to a national ranking project.

CityHealth, a project of the de Beaumont Foundation, identified nine evidence-based and “politically achievable” policies that could be implemented in each of the 40 largest cities to improve health and strengthen communities. San Antonio was recognized Wednesday for having three of the nine policies. This is the first year CityHealth performed its assessment and issued gold, silver and bronze medal distinctions.

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