Children grow and learn better when they are born healthy and practice healthy habits throughout childhood, including proper nutrition and exercise, and have access to high quality learning opportunities. Healthy and well-nourished children are more able to develop their minds and bodies as they should, and they are far more capable of concentrating, learning and thriving throughout their school years.

In contrast, children born from unhealthy pregnancies, who don’t have access to quality health care and opportunities to learn and develop are much more likely to suffer developmental setbacks that will put them behind their peers even before they reach kindergarten. These setbacks also occur when children are raised in highly stressed home environments that do not offer adequate health care services or guidance on proper diet and exercise.

The educational consequences include falling even further behind because they miss too much school, or struggling to concentrate in class because they feel sick or hungry, are unable to see properly for lack of vision screening, or are hurting from unchecked ear infections or dental problems.

From life’s first starting line of birth, young people who are immersed in healthy environments that allow them and their parents to stay focused on meeting developmental milestones and make healthful life choices are far more likely to stay healthy and grow to their full potential.

Resources

May 03, 2017

Source: Civic EnterprisesEveryone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins UniversityAmerica's Promise AllianceAlliance for Excellent Education
April 17, 2017

How can we take what’s been learned and accelerate progress for young people in America, especially for those young people who are most vulnerable? How can we create the conditions for success for more young people, more quickly? To answer these questions, America’s Promise reviewed research about…

Source: America's Promise Alliance
December 17, 2015

Health risks can be difficult barriers to thriving for young people to navigate.

Center for Promise Squared
September 06, 2015

This report examines, from the perspective of young people themselves, the roles that relationships with adults and peers play in decisions about staying in, leaving and returning to high school.

Source: Center for Promise
July 07, 2015

How Four Communities Are Working to Improve Education for Their Students America's Promise

Source: America's Promise Alliance
May 12, 2015

Written annually by Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, and released in partnership with America's Promise Alliance

Source: Civic EnterprisesEveryone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins UniversityAmerica's Promise AllianceAlliance for Excellent Education