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Promoting Health Equity Through Education Programs and Policies

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Early child development and education are important determinants of health throughout life. The way children grow and learn is shaped by their early experiences. Early learning opportunities create a critical foundation for children's academic success, health, and general well-being. Review the Community Guide logic model Adobe PDF File [PDF - 61 kB].

Task Force Recommendations and Findings

This table lists interventions reviewed by the Community Guide, with a summary of the Task Force finding (definitions of findings). Click on an underlined intervention title for a summary of the review.

Intervention Task Force Finding
Center-Based Early Childhood Education Recommended
March 2015
Full-Day Kindergarten Programs Recommended
December 2011
High School Completion Programs Recommended
December 2013
Out-of-School-Time Academic Programs
Reading-focused Recommended
December 2013
Math-focused Recommended
December 2013
General Recommended
December 2013
Academic Programs with Minimal Academic Content Insufficient Evidence
December 2013
School-Based Health Centers Recommended
March 2015

Presentations and Promotional Materials

One Pagers

Center-Based Early Childhood Education Adobe PDF File [PDF - 396 kB]

School-Based Health Centers Adobe PDF File [PDF - 425 kB]

Promotional Materials

Community Guide News: Community Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Early Childhood Education Programs to Improve Health Outcomes
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Community Guide News: Full-Day Kindergarten Boosts Kids' Health Prospects
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Community Guide News: New Publication: High School Completion Programs Improve Health
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Community Guide News: Task Force Recommends Education Programs to Promote Health Equity
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Community Guide News: Task Force Recommends School-Based Health Centers to Promote Health Equity
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What Works – Fact Sheets

What Works: Health Equity – brochure and insert Adobe PDF File [PDF - Size 1.93 MB]

Archived Reviews

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The findings and conclusions on this page are those of the Community Preventive Services Task Force and do not necessarily represent those of CDC. Task Force evidence-based recommendations are not mandates for compliance or spending. Instead, they provide information and options for decision makers and stakeholders to consider when determining which programs, services, and policies best meet the needs, preferences, available resources, and constraints of their constituents.

Sample Citation

The content of publications of the Guide to Community Preventive Services is in the public domain. Citation as to source, however, is appreciated. Sample citation: Guide to Community Preventive Services. Promoting health equity: education programs and policies. Last updated: MM/DD/YYYY.