Children in New York City are healthier since the start of Pre-K for All
Recently, researchers from NYU, through the National Bureau of Economic Research, documented improved health outcomes for lower-income kids coming through the city’s universal pre-K program. This isn’t a surprise to us. A child’s health is a critical component to ensuring that they can succeed academically, and preventive health services are tied to strong outcomes for our youngest learners. That is why we screen every child in our Early Childhood education program for vision, hearing, and special needs within the first 45 days of school. Identifying the need for a pair of glasses or an undetected case of asthma early on removes barriers so children can successfully develop their social-emotional and motor skills. It not only helps them succeed in our pre-k classrooms, but it sets them up for academic success in kindergarten and every year of school after.