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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. 

New Podcast on Louisiana’s School Readiness Tax Credit

June 11, 2018 – The Committee for Economic Development (CED) shares its latest audio podcast about the importance of the early learning workforce and the story of how Louisiana addressed this challenge in their state. Hear from special guests Melanie Bronfin of the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children, Louise Stoney, national early care and education finance expert and Sonjia Joseph of Clara’s Little Lamb Preschool Academy. Listen here. For more information, see the case study in this toolkit.

First Year Results for Cincinnati’s Preschool Promise

In 2016, Cincinnati voters overwhelmingly approved a property tax increase to fund the $15 million-a-year Preschool Promise. In its first school year, the program provided tuition scholarships to 1,337 preschoolers, brought 82 preschools into the program and supported 22 preschools on quality improvement needed to be eligible to participate in the program. Read more here.

Memphis Council Commits to Finding Pre-K Solution

MEMPHIS, TN, DECEMBER 5, 2017 –  Sitting at the Memphis City Council committee table Tuesday, Mayor Jim Strickland reiterated what he’d said for years: universal prekindergarten can be a “gamechanger.”

With Strickland on board, the council’s executive committee voted Tuesday to recommend approval of the resolution committing to finding the funding to provide citywide needs-based Pre-K. But the resolution didn’t answer the thorny question of how the city sustainably funds the program, a question that could be settled next meeting. Read more.