Health Philanthropy Commission: Early Childhood Investment Key to Healthier America


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to health issues, advocated for investment in early childhood development. The Commission to Build a Healthier America, convened by the foundation, recommended the following:

  • quality standards for kindergarten
  • guaranteed education for children of low income families.
  • support for parents to provide healthy environments for children
  • investment in research and innovation

Spending on high-quality early education programs, the commission said, must take priority in this time of financial unrest.

“It is imperative that the country, for both fiscal and moral reasons, put our youngest children first and invest in initiatives that we know will lead to a healthier, stronger America tomorrow,” the [commission’s] report said.

Read the full report.

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne is a writer for Edtech Times who is most interested in technology's role in culture. When she is not combing the web for the latest in educational technology, she is reading classic literature or watching the game on TV. You may know her from Gradeable,, Emerson College, Busa Wine & Spirits, UMass Dartmouth, or Burlington High School.