City, school leaders announce initiative for high-quality preschool education in Cincinnati
Sarah Beth Hensley, WCPO Digital
6:58 AM, Apr 23, 2013
11:11 AM, Apr 23, 2013
CINCINNATI - City and school leaders announced a new initiative on Tuesday to provide high-quality preschool for every child in the Queen City.
On Tuesday, local leaders announced their pledge to create what's called a "Cincinnati Preschool Promise." The pledge, which people can sign online, is an agreement to finance quality preschool for Cincinnati children. The pledge asks supporters to "work with others to identify the best possible [preschool] program, and to help secure the resources necessary to get it done."
"Our children come to us with different sets of experiences, vocabularies, different resources, different home lives and we know in our hearts and with common sense that the earlier we provide them with high quality developmental experiences, the better," said President of the Cincinnati Board of Education Eileen Cooper Reed.
Organizers say early childhood education is extremely important the city, region and country.
"Local data from Cincinnati Public School preschool and quality-rated child care centers consistently show positive effects on kindergarten readiness and third-grade reading, both significant predictors of future success in school and in life," it says on the the Cincinnati Preschool Promise website. "For these reasons, business and community leaders around Greater Cincinnati, along with Ohio Governor John Kasich and President Barack Obama, are coming together to support quality early childhood education."