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

The Urban Institute, in collaboration with Policies for Action (P4A), a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, hosted 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 sparked 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 featured 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. 


Speakers Included

  • Laudan Aron, Senior Fellow, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, Urban Institute
  • Lisa Dubay, Senior Fellow, Health Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Danielle Ewen, Senior Policy Adviser, EducationCounsel
  • Gayle Manchin, Cabinet Secretary, West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts
  • Tonja Rucker, Program Director, Early Childhood Success, National League of Cities
  • Margery Austin Turner, Senior Vice President for Program Planning and Management, Urban Institute
  • Albert Wat, Senior Policy Director, Alliance for Early Success 
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We are pleased to welcome the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and Raise DC to share their Our Children, Our Community, Our Change initiative during the reception.

Support for this event is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Policies for Action research program. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to
For all inquiries, please contact [email protected].


Date & Time Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Urban Institute 2100 M Street NW
5th floor
Washington , DC , 20037
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