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Lifelong Learning is about providing a good education for all. An education that ensures young people, regardless of background or ability, are set up for success, and have the opportunities to reach their full potential. An education that launches them into meaningful careers in which they can continue learning and growing.
Lifelong Learning is one of seven interrelated “vital conditions” that comprise the Vital Conditions for Community Health and Well-being framework. The framework helps us understand the systems that produce equitable well-being for all, and opportunities to shift those systems and drive improvement. Learn more about the Vital Conditions framework >>
From birth, we are developing and learning. Supportive learning environments from early childhood set children on a path that maximizes their capacity to learn, and positively shapes their social and behavioral development. Exposure to high quality education that is supportive and adaptive to students’ needs is requisite for all students to reach important educational milestones, and achieve their full potential. A solid preK-12 education launches young people into productive futures wherein they may pursue higher education, trades, ongoing and community-based education and advance their lives and livelihoods through the power of learning.
Education is an engine of social mobility with implications for health and well-being that extend across the life-course. Higher income, better health, and increased opportunity track with higher levels of education. Conversely, disparities in access to education and educational attainment persist, and are perpetuated across generations.
There are myriad opportunities to improve conditions for Lifelong Learning in communities. Some of the most significant opportunities pertain to:
- Advancing learning opportunities in early childhood;
- Connecting young people with opportunities for their futures; and
- Investing in quality public education for all.
This page directs you to topical content on Community Commons to help drive system improvements to Lifelong Learning in your community.