Learning Opportunity: The Impact of Early Childhood Education on Health and Well-Being: The Latest Research from Policies for Action

On Wednesday, July 12, 2017 the Urban Institute will host the forum The Impact of Early Childhood Education on Health and Well-Being: The Latest Research from Policies for Action with an option for live streaming. The following comes from the event announcement.

The Urban Institute, in collaboration with Policies for Action (P4A), a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, invites you to a forum to share P4A’s latest findings on early education’s lasting impacts on health and well-being and learn from policymakers designing and implementing programs at the city and state levels.

Charged with fostering a healthy, competitive workforce, policymakers are looking for the best way to invest in the youngest members of our communities. Although different combinations of educational, health, and social supports are likely to underpin high-quality early childhood education, focusing on health leads to high returns for children and their families. This forum will spark a positive dialogue on the importance of health in early childhood investments and will identify avenues for cross-disciplinary engagement and research around early childhood education and health.

The forum will feature research from two notable scholars:

  • Sherry Glied, dean and professor of public service at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, will present her work on the improved health outcomes of low-income children newly enrolled in New York City’s universal prekindergarten program, Pre-K for All.
  • Jorge Luis Garcia, senior research assistant in the Center for the Economics of Human Development at the University of Chicago, will present new research spearheaded by Nobel laureate James Heckman on the long-term health and well-being impacts of high-quality, birth-to-age-five child care programs.

Please see the forum announcement for more information.