Education develops an individual throughout their life, with increased emphasis on early childhood to higher education. Those who attain academic achievement have higher employment and overall more positive health outcomes.

Early Childhood Education and Development

Long-term social, cognitive, emotional and physical development is determined in early childhood. Early education sets children up for the educational experiences they’ll have for the rest of their lives. Early childhood programs are critical to aid parents and caregivers in the development and education of children.

High School Graduation

Negative health impacts are linked to dropping out of high school like limited employment prospects, low wages and poverty. Limited resources and underperforming schools both contribute to lower academic achievement for students. Programs that encourage high school completion can improve graduation rates in high-risk communities.

Enrollment in Higher Education

Higher education is a key factor in securing higher-earning, stable employment in order to support the health of yourself and your family. This can include a two-year college, certificate program, four-year college, graduate programs and professional programs. Self-reported health is higher in those who have pursued higher education than those who have not.

Language and Literacy

Literacy includes listening and speaking skills, writing and reading skills, understanding and working with numbers and cultural and conceptual knowledge. Limited language skills and low literacy skills are linked with lower educational achievement and negative health outcomes.

To learn more, visit the CDC website.