Newly Released Report “Raising Smart, Healthy Kids in Every State” is a Must Read!

September 26, 2013 – Partners from multiple early childhood and public health groups from the metropolitan New York area stood together to announce the release of a report Raising Smart, Healthy Kids in Every State – released today.

“Quality early education lays the foundation for lifelong health and learning,” said Liz Isakson, MD, Co-director of Docs for Tots. “That is why this proposed legislation is so important – leveraging a tobacco tax to pay for an investment in our country’s future health and success is smart policy.” The President’s proposal would address two major challenges facing America’s children: Too few have access to high-quality preschool programs, while too many still smoke.

Nationwide, the President’s proposal would ensure that two million children in low- and moderate-income families have access to high-quality preschool and prevent 1.7 million kids from becoming addicted smokers.

National organizations releasing the report are the National Women’s Law Center, Save the Children, MomsRising, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and American Academy of Pediatrics.

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