The PRE4CLE task force in Cleveland has asked the Ohio State Senate Finance Committee to add $6 million to the budget over the next two years to turn half-day preschool into full-day programs as discussed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer article “Cleveland asks state for $6 million more for preschool” on June 11, 2015.
The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is part of the task force. Research from the Center in 2014 indicated that only about 1,200 children in Cleveland are enrolled in quality preschool education. The goal of PRE4CLE is for at least 70 percent of the city’s approximately ten thousand children who are three and four years old to be able to obtain a quality pre-kindergarten education which research has shown improves school readiness scores.
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