The number of highly rated preschools has increased 32 percent
and now totals 173. PRE4CLE’s goal was to achieve a 20
percent increase by next June.
4,903 children are enrolled in high-quality preschool,
representing two-thirds of those who attend preschool.
43 percent of preschool-age children attend high-quality
preschool. That is slightly below the goal of 45 percent set for
June of this year.
The period from birth to 5 years old is a critical time for
brain formation. High-quality preschool can aid development of
not only early literacy and math skills, but also skills such as
communication and teamwork.
The report shows that as of last fall, 65 percent of students in
PRE4CLE sites had reached or were approaching
kindergarten readiness and that nearly 50 percent were on track
in language and literacy. The numbers were slightly higher for
children who regularly attended preschool.
“Every parent wants their child to be successful, and one of the
best ways to ensure success is being ready for kindergarten, so
that your child is not catching up for his or her whole career,”
CMSD Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon said.
“Early childhood education is the single best way to make sure
your child is ready.”
helps preschools earn designation as high quality, which it
defines as having received three to the maximum five stars on
Up to Quality rating
The nonprofit also markets and advocates for high-quality
preschool. Since its founding, PRE4CLE has led efforts
that have netted more than $57 million in new state funding for
child-care programs in Cuyahoga County.
first five years concentrated on building a solid foundation,
Executive Director Katie Kelly said.
“We've reached a great point,” she said. “We still have a long
way to go, but we are building that strong foundation.”
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