From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:
Every child in America should have the opportunity to develop socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively to the best of his or her ability. A critical part of building a Culture of Health is supporting the building blocks for a healthy start in life—social-emotional learning and healthy weight—that give kids everywhere the opportunity to live the healthiest life they can.
Early childhood lays the foundation for children’s success in school and later life. A 20-year retrospective study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, suggests that kindergarten students who are more inclined to exhibit “social competence” traits—such sharing, cooperating, or helping other kids—may be more likely to attain higher education and well-paying jobs. Children who exhibit strong social competence in kindergarten are 54 percent more likely to earn a high school diploma and children who are overweight or obese as preschoolers are five times more likely to become obese adults.
Read the full post from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.