So all young people can thrive

What is a Healthy School?

A healthy school is one where young people feel safe, supported, and empowered. It’s a place where every person cultivates the social, emotional, physical, and mental health of staff and students. Fostering health in this way makes it possible for young people to learn and positions them to thrive. Here’s what a healthy school looks like when we all do our part.
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Every young person is empowered.
As those who are most impacted by what happens in schools, young people are active participants in making schools supportive spaces.
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Every adult in the school has a role.
All adults in the school building put young people’s physical, social, emotional, and academic development at the center of their work.
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The broader community is involved.
Schools cannot do this work alone. A healthy school depends on a broader web of support from families, nonprofits, businesses, and the wider community.

About the Campaign

All young people deserve to be in a school that advances their education and promotes their social, emotional, physical, and mental health. Not meeting the social and emotional needs of youth is emerging as an identifiable barrier to academic success. Schools in partnership with families and business, among others, are a critical part of the solution.

Healthy schools are only possible when everyone in the community works together.

Our goal is to make healthy schools the norm and not the exception. To raise awareness and spark action, Every School Healthy will engage partner organizations and individuals to tell the stories of schools and communities working to create healthy schools. The campaign will highlight collaborative successes and solutions, in addition to amplifying the voices of young people working within their schools and communities to transform them into spaces where youth can truly thrive. Through these efforts, the campaign will provide proof points and motivation to inspire more people to take action to create healthy schools in their community.

Communities across the country are already leading on-the-ground efforts to make schools places where youth can thrive. Every School Healthy is funding acceleration work in six communities already engaged in cross-sector efforts to create healthy schools. Each acceleration site represents what is possible when organizations and schools come together to collaborate on addressing challenges standing in the way of creating healthier schools.

America’s Promise Alliance is leading the Every School Healthy campaign in partnership with ChildObesity180, Communities In Schools, FoodCorps, National Association of Community Health Centers, and Turnaround for Children.

The Every School Healthy campaign is a part of Together for Healthy and Successful Schools, a collaborative initiative working to advance the vision that all schools support education and health. Together for Healthy and Successful Schools is comprised of America’s Promise Alliance, Child Trends, and Health Equity Works at Washington University in St. Louis, and it is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Community Partners

Every School Healthy is investing $1.8 million in six communities in five states that are spearheading efforts to create healthy schools. Each community represents what is possible when communities, organizations, and schools come together to act on a commitment to create healthy schools.


Latest News

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Embracing the Whole School, Whole Community, and Whole Child:
On January 31, 2019, Child Trends released an impressive policy analysis examining the representation and coverage of the WSCC framework in state statutes and regulations. The report offers an extensive look at how the framework manifests nationally and includes detailed analyses for every state.
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Curriculum for change: Addressing students’ social and emotional needs
A new report released today, From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope, helps answer the question: “How do we as a country shift from focusing purely on academics to fostering young people’s social and emotional growth, too?”
St. Louis: A hub for building healthier schools for learning
How do you build systems that naturally incorporate physical and emotional wellness into learning? What types of conversations motivate people in different roles in a school community to understand that health is an important part of educational success?
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Embracing a Different Approach: How Some St. Louis School Districts are Connecting Health, Education
A recent situation involving a first-grade student in the University City School District prompted teachers and administrators to consider an unconventional approach. Rather than immediately focus on any instruction or behavior in the classroom, the district sought to provide the student and his family with basic needs – a trip to the doctor, food and toiletry items.
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America’s Promise Alliance Launches ‘Every School Healthy’ Campaign to Fuel Movement to Create Healthy Schools Across the Country
America’s Promise Alliance, the nation's largest network dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth, today announced the launch of the ‘Every School Healthy’ campaign to create healthy and safe schools where all young people can thrive.
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New Report Identifies Policy Opportunities to Build Healthier Schools
One major challenge to achieving a higher baseline of student health across U.S. schools? According to advocates, it’s that federal and state policymakers respond to particular moments of public crisis by passing narrow and targeted measures rather than considering the whole child.

Latest Resources

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Using Policy to Create Healthy Schools: Resources to Support Policymakers and Advocates
This resource provides state-by-state and issue-specific analyses of how state laws address the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model.
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Recess Checkup
It can be tough to know the impact your play space has on your school’s culture and students’ experience throughout the school day.  And while there are a lot of solutions worth trying, it can be diff
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Recess Lab
With more than 20 years of experience working with elementary schools, Playworks launched Recess lab to support principals, teachers and other school staff to rediscover the power of play.

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America’s Promise Alliance is leading the Every School Healthy campaign in partnership with: