Exploring Early Childhood Care and Education Levers to Improve Population Health: Proceedings of a Workshop


Note: Proceedings contain the opinion of the presenters, but do NOT reflect the conclusions of the Health and Medicine Division or the National Academies. Learn more about the differences between Reports and Proceedings.

Early care and education programs and providers are ideally suited to partnering with public health and health care organizations to help achieve the shared goals of healthy child development. There are many challenges to tackle and opportunities to maximize on the path to collaboration and improved outcomes, including in preparing and supporting an effective workforce, in financing, and ensuring equity.

Experts from the health and the early childhood care and education fields gathered on September 14, 2017, in New York City at a workshop hosted by the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement. The workshop presentations and discussion focused on the evidence base at the intersection of the two key social determinants (or influencing factors) of health; on exploring current and potential effective strategies to work together, and on the policy levers available to improve early childhood development, health, and learning. The workshop rapporteur has prepared this proceedings as a factual summation of the workshop. Workshop speakers made reference to two NASEM reports,Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8 and Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education, released in 2015 and 2018 respectively. Both publications provide in depth examination of and recommendations about the workforce for early childhood care and education and its financing.