Education is the most important investment a community can make and is a key social determinant of health. Early childhood education programs foster socio-emotional, cognitive, and motor skill development for children. Some programs also include physical activity, nutritious meals, parental support, health care screenings and social services. In addition to improved cognitive development, evidence shows early childhood education programs are associated with reductions in obesity and BMI, child abuse and neglect, youth violence and emergency department visits.
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