Early Childhood Education: Pathways to Better Health

April 2013

This brief presents the multiple pathways through which early childhood education programs can contribute to better health, in both the short and long term.

By Allison Friedman-Krauss and W. Steven Barnett

NIEER Policy Brief (Issue 25, April 2013)

The potential health benefits of early childhood education programs are quite large, especially for children living in poverty.  In this report, authors Allison Friedman-Krauss and Steve Barnett set out the evidence regarding the short and long term health benefits to children from early childhood education programs, identify the features of high-quality programs that can produce these benefits, and offer recommendations to improve the contributions of such programs to health.