Education develops individuals throughout their lives, with increased emphasis on early childhood to higher education. Those who attain academic achievement typically achieve 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. Quality early childhood programs are critical to aid parents and caregivers in the development and education of their children.

High School Graduation

Negative health impacts linked to dropping out of high school include limited employment prospects, low wages, and poverty. Limited resources and underperforming schools 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 earnings and stable employment, both of which support your own health and that of your family. Higher education can include two-year college degrees, certificate programs, four-year degrees, graduate programs, and professional programs. Self-reported health is typically better 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 and low literacy skills are linked to lower educational achievement and negative health outcomes.

To learn more, visit the CDC website.