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Promoting Health Equity through Education Programs and Policies

Wednesday, November 4, 2015  
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The Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) released the following findings on: Promoting Health Equity through Education Programs and Policies: Early Childhood Education Programs.

Why is this important?

Children in low-income and racial and ethnic minority families often experience delays in language and other development by the age of three. Compensating for these delays before children begin regular schooling can be critical to providing them with opportunities for educational attainment associated with lifelong employment and income, ultimately reducing the achievement gap and advancing health equity. Center-based early childhood education (ECE) programs are designed to prepare children for school. In 2010, less than half of children in families in the lowest income quartile were enrolled in ECE programs, and the quality of these programs was lower than programs attended by higher income children (Duncan & Magnuson 2013).

Who should know about these Task Force findings?

Those seeking to promote health equity among low-income and minority children using evidence-based programs and policies may be interested in this recommendation, such as educational program decision makers and funders, policy makers and public health professionals.

What materials are available to help share this information with others?

  • News Story - Use this ready-to-go story for newsletters and websites, or simply link to it from the following introduction:
  •  Tweets – retweets and sample messages

The Community Preventive Services Task Force is now on Twitter @CPSTF. Follow us and retweet messages about these health equity findings.

If you prefer to send out a separate tweet, following are samples to consider.

  1. Early childhood education programs can improve health for low-income kids. #TheCommunityGuide
  2. How can we improve educational & health outcomes in low-income communities? #TheCommunityGuide
  3. Promote health equity in low-income communities w/early childhood education programs. #TheCommunityGuide
  4. What is the latest recommendation from #TheCommunityGuide for promoting health equity in kids?
  • Community Guide Flyer – Use this as a handout, web link, attachment, or as a source of wording for materials you develop.
  • Content syndication—Post automatically updated Community Guide content on your website, such as a list of all Task Force findings on this topic.
  • One Pager – Using this informational handout summarizing The Community Guide review on center-based early childhood education to improve health equity.
  • What Works Fact Sheet – Use this informational handout summarizing Community Guide recommendations on promoting health equity.
  • Descriptions of the Task Force, The Community Guide, and Liaisons - Feel free to use language provided in the next section in your promotional materials.

What are the Task Force, Community Guide, and Liaisons?

  • The Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) is an independent, nonfederal, uncompensated panel of public health and prevention experts. The Task Force works to improve the health of all Americans by providing evidence-based recommendations about community preventive programs, services and policies to improve health. Its members represent a broad range of research, practice and policy expertise in community prevention services, public health, health promotion, and disease prevention.
  • The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) is a website that is a collection of all the evidence-based findings and recommendations of the Community Preventive Services Task Force.
  • Liaisons to the Task Force— many of the nation’s leading health practice and research agencies and organizations hold official Liaison status with the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force). They participate in Task Force meetings; serve on systematic review teams; represent the views, concerns and needs of their organizations and constituents; and disseminate findings to their members and constituents.


-The Community Guide Branch

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