Commitment to Action

Healthy & Ready to Learn Initiative

Commitment by

Children's Health Fund

In 2014, Children's Health Fund (CHF) and its partners committed to pilot 'Healthy and Ready to Learn,' a set of coordinated programs that will address multiple health barriers to learning in ten low-income elementary schools. CHF's program will focus on eight prevalent health barriers to learning (asthma, vision, hearing, hunger, anemia, lead, mental & behavioral health, and dental pain) that causally affect academic achievement. The Commitment will help to ensure all children in pilot schools receive screening and follow up care for the eight health barriers and mental health services provided by a licensed clinical social worker. Teachers and parents will receive training and on-going coaching in how to recognize and address health barriers. Finally, a health care coordinator will be provided at each school to facilitate and track all of the program elements. CHF will conduct in-depth evaluation to measure both improved health outcomes and academic performance as a direct result of the commitment, initially impacting 10,000 children, teachers, and parents during the pilot phase.





Healthy & Ready to Learn Initiative



Est. Duration

3 years

Estimated Total Value



Northern America


United States

Commitment by

Children's Health Fund

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

PS 36, 49, 140, Columbia University Program on Child Well-Being and Resilien, Keesal, Young & Logan, Jaguar Land Rover Ltd., National Association of Broadcasters, Share Our Strength, New York City Council of School Supervisors & Administrators, Counseling in Schools, West Harlem Development Corporation, Thea Foundation, Alliance For A Healthier Generation