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Preschool Promise Cites Success, ‘Much More Work Still to Do’

CINCINNATI, OH, SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 – Students enrolled in the local Preschool Promise effort made “significant gains in school readiness” in 2017-18, but the program is still struggling to attract more families and close racial achievement gaps, a preliminary 2017-18 recap of work in Dayton and Kettering shows.

Twenty-six of the 73 participating schools and centers improved their “star rating” in Ohio’s Step Up to Quality system last year, and student scores on the Bracken evaluation increased noticeably from fall 2017 to spring 2018. Read more.

As 4-Year-Old Preschool Programs Become the Norm, Denver Looks to Reach 3-Year-Olds Next

DENVER, CO, SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 – The Denver Preschool Program, most well-known for providing millions of dollars to help the families of 4-year-olds pay for preschool, is expanding its scope.

Starting this month, the nonprofit will put a share of its funding from a citywide sales tax toward improving preschool classrooms for 3-year-olds — something it has long done in 4-year-old classrooms. Those improvements could take the form of teacher training or coaching, teacher scholarships for educational programs, or new blocks and playground equipment. Read more.

More Preschool Kids in Cleveland are Ready for Kindergarten than in Previous Years, Study Says

CLEVELAND, OH, SEPTEMBER 3, 2018 – Inside the Salvation Army at the corner of West 44th Street and Clark Avenue, a classroom of four-year-olds are hard at work.  On one half of the room a group is reading with their teacher developing emotional skills, and on the other half, a group is making apple pie. The teacher on that side is incorporating math and social skills. Read more. 

Two Years Ago, Cincinnati Voted to Fund a $15 Million Pre-K Program for Struggling Families. Now More Than 1,300 Kids Have Gotten a Leg Up on Kindergarten

CINCINNATI, OH, JULY 31, 2018 –  They’re not called formative years for nothing.

Children who are not ready for kindergarten are less likely to be reading at grade level by third grade and face more devastating pitfalls later, such as dropping out of high school and ending up in the prison system, says Shiloh Turner, executive director of Cincinnati Preschool Promise. Read more. 

Brevard Children’s Services Council Seeks Tax to Help Fund Programs

FL, July 13, 2018 – On an average day at La Petite Academy in Rockledge, about a hundred children are inside, playing and learning. At small wooden tables, kids stack rainbow-colored blocks, smush squishy, purple Play-Doh into shapes, and practice drawing letters in shaving cream smeared across the table. Read more. 

Early Childhood Tax Proposal Heads to Ballot in Kent County

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, JUNE 28, 2018 – The Kent County Board of Commissioners approved a ballot proposal that, if approved by voters this fall, would raise around $5.4 million a year for early childhood programs.

The 0.25-mill question on the Nov. 6 ballot was approved 13-5 by commissioners at their Thursday, June 28 meeting. Read more. 

Ohio Governor Race: DeWine Says He Wants to Make These Changes to Ohio’s Early Childhood Programs

OH, JUNE 30, 2018 – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine wants to increase investments in early childhood development and education across the state, saying his proposed policy changes could give 20,000 additional Ohio children access to publicly funded early childhood programs.

In a meeting with child care experts in Dayton on Friday, the Republican gubernatorial candidate heard policy suggestions and talked about his proposals, which he hopes will increase access to early childhood healthcare and education across the state. Read more.

Editorial: Preschool Program Off to Promising Start

CINCINNATI, OH, MAY 29, 2018 – To really understand the intent behind the Preschool Promise initiative, you have to take the long view.

Cincinnati taxpayers understood that in 2016 when they voted to make high-quality preschool available to every child in the city. That was a big investment and a huge leap of faith. Since that vote, there has been a lot of hard work by Cincinnati Public Schools and Preschool Promise that you can see, and some that you can’t see. Read more. 

Deep Dive: Another Seattle Tax is Headed for the November Ballot

SEATTLE, WA, JUNE 14, 2018 –

One possible factor that led to the Seattle City Council’s repeal of the head tax has to do with a proposal on this November’s ballot. It’s called the Families, Education and Preschool Promise and Mayor Jenny Durkan describes it as the most important investment Seattle can make in its future.

Many speculated Durkan was worried it wouldn’t pass if voters were still reeling from the head tax. If the mayor’s proposal is approved, the measure would increase property taxes on a median home by roughly $250 or 20 dollars per month. But the mayor contends the investment will pay off. Read more.