The events brought together the White House and Ohio leaders in philanthropy, business, and the public sector to discuss the importance of investing in early education initiatives, like PRE4CLE, that ensure all children and families have the opportunity to succeed in school and life.
Cleveland is one of a several cities to be visited by members of President Obama’s Cabinet and was selected because of the community’s investment in expanding high-quality early childhood education through PRE4CLE.
The Secretary’s visit is in advance of a White House Summit in December to launch a new campaign that celebrates progress on early education across the country, highlights broad support and commitments to expand access to high-quality preschool and early education by local government officials, business leaders and philanthropists.
During his visit, Secretary Castro visited Bingham Early Learning Center in Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood, a HUD Choice Neighborhood. The visit allows Mr. Castro to see Cleveland’s commitment to expanding high-quality early childhood education opportunities for all of Cleveland’s preschool-aged children.
Editor’s Note: PRE4CLE is a plan to expand access to high-quality preschool programs to children in the City of Cleveland and is a major next step in implementing Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools. Starting in the 2014-2015 school year, PRE4CLE will increase the number of high quality preschool spaces available for four year olds in the City of Cleveland whose families want them to attend high-quality preschool. The plan will be rolled out to three year olds at a later date.