The Pre-K Matters Demonstration Project

The Academy’s Pre-K Matters project brings teachers, children, parents, and caregivers together in an educational process to create of culture of health at school and at home to increase school readiness, academic performance, educate children about healthy nutrition and physical activity; and ensure they have access to recreational facilities and healthy foods.

Pre-K Matters targets parents and children in public schools in East Harlem—the Academy’s home and a community where more than 70 percent of children are born into poverty. The project uses innovative tools such as mobile technology and parental homework to work with parents and teachers. It also builds on the lessons learned from the Academy’s six-year, East Harlem-based, Healthy Eating, Active Living: A Schools and Community Initiative. Since 1979, the Academy has designed and delivered a wide array of successful, comprehensive health education programs for public school teachers, administrators, school staff and nurses, parents, and students in New York City and around the country.