- Comprehensive, aligned and supported early learning and development standards
- Lead teacher has a bachelor’s degree
- Lead teacher has specialized training in pre-K
- Assistant teacher has a child development associate degree or equivalent
- At least 15 hours a year of teacher in-service professional development for lead and assistant teachers; coaching; professional development plan
- Maximum class size of 20 children
- Staff-child ratio 1: 10 or better
- Vision, hearing, and health screening and referral
- Supports for implementation
- System of continuous quality improvement
Medals were given to cities that reached certain benchmarks by CityHealth, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. Thirty-four of the 40 cities won either a gold, silver or bronze medal. (You can look below at the list of cities and check out how well the pre-K programs did on each benchmark or click here.)
A dozen cities earned a gold medal, which required programs to meet eight of the 10 high-quality benchmarks and enroll at least 30 percent of a city’s 4-year-old children in a locally or state-funded pre-K program. They are Albuquerque, Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Nashville, New York, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and San Francisco.
Cities receiving a silver medal — which required programs meet eight quality benchmarks but did not enroll at least 30 percent of a their city’s 4-year-olds — are Austin; Kansas City, Mo.; Portland, Ore.; Seattle and Virginia Beach.
Cities earning a bronze medal — which required programs meet at least half of the 10 benchmarks and the 30 percent enrollment threshold — are Baltimore; Denver; El Paso; Fort Worth; Fresno, Calif.; Houston; Jacksonville, Fla.; Long Beach, Calif.; Los Angeles; Louisville; Memphis; Milwaukee; Sacramento; San Diego; San Jose, and Washington.
Cities failing to quality for a medal are Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; Las Vegas; Mesa, Ariz.; Philadelphia; Phoenix, and Tucson.