On Thursday, March 7, we were joined by Seattle’s Director of Early Learning, Monica Liang-Aguirre, and the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), for a webinar to discuss high-quality pre-kindergarten (pre-K) and policies that support it.
During this webinar, Liang-Aguirre shared insights on how and why Seattle pursued their recent expansion of their pre-K program. We also discussed our new report with NIEER, Pre-K in American Cities. The report finds a growing number of cities, including Seattle, are creating new, local funding streams to establish and sustain pre-K programs. It also finds many programs fail to meet minimum quality benchmarks that extensive research has shown deliver lasting benefits, while other cities do provide high-quality programs but reach too few children.
This is the second webinar in CityHealth’s quarterly Policymaker Webinar Series. This series serves as a platform for local leaders to tell their story of pursuing policy change to improve city residents’ health and quality of life.