Preschool Promise launches website as part of feedback gathering initiative

CINCINNATI — It just got easier for parents eyeing Cincinnati preschools to provide input and submit questions about the emerging Cincinnati Preschool Promise program.

As part of its efforts to guarantee 2 years of quality preschool education for every Cincinnati child, the independently-driven Cincinnati Preschool Promise program launched Ask Preschool Promise, a website dedicated to taking digitally submitted questions and feedback as the program sets to launch.

The website joins other community-input efforts, including community forums, house parties, one-on-one meetings, and discussions with parents, preschool providers and community leaders, over the last 2 years.

Bishop Michael Dantley, co-chair of the Preschool Promise Steering Committee, said the website and the program's other feedback gathering initiatives is all about transparency.

“The Preschool Promise is a once in a generation opportunity to give every child a fair chance,” Dantley said in a statement Wednesday. “While the steering committee is putting together its recommendation, we want to get as much feedback as possible.

“This is a community-driven initiative, and every voice is valued,” Dantley said.

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Still in the planning stages, Preschool Promise proposes ensuring a preschool education to every Cincinnati child through a 5-10 year funding model that would provide tuition credits for prospective students provided on an income-based sliding scale, as well as provide technical assistance to boost preschools to become quality-rated, according to the Ask Preschool Promise website.

In addition to using the website, parents are encouraged to attend one of several events and meet-ups scheduled for the coming months. See a full calendar of those events here. Town hall meetings and other events are free and open to the public.

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