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Source: The Guide to Community Preventive Services

Last Reviewed: March 2015

The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends center-based early childhood education programs (ECE) to improve educational outcomes that are associated with long-term health and sufficient evidence of effectiveness in improving social- and health-related outcomes. When provided to low-income or racial and ethnic minority communities, ECE programs are likely to reduce educational achievement gaps, improve the health of these student populations, and promote health equity. ECE programs aim to improve the cognitive or social development of children age 3 or 4 years. Programs must include an educational component that addresses 1 or more of the following: literacy, numeracy, cognitive development, socio-emotional development, and motor skills. Programs may offer additional components including recreation, meals, health care, parental supports, and social services. Programs may enroll children before they are 3 years of age.

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Guide to Community Preventive Services. (2010). Health equity: center-based early childhood education. Retrieved from https://www.thecommunityguide.org/content/health-equity-center-based-early-childhood-education