There are more than 9,000 preschool-aged children living in Cincinnati and nearly half of them are at or below the poverty level. In 2016, voters passed a levy to help make quality preschool more affordable for families and to make more classroom seats available for children. Cincinnati Public Schools signed an agreement with the United Way of Greater Cincinnati and the non-profit organization Cincinnati Preschool Promise to allocate $15 million a year from the levy toward expanding access to quality preschool.
Preschool Promise is now entering its second year. Joining Cincinnati Edition to examine its progress are Cincinnati Preschool Promise Executive Director Shiloh Turner; Cincinnati Public Schools Board President Carolyn Jones; University of Cincinnati Education, Criminal Justice, Human Services and Information Technology Academic Researcher Leslie Jenna Kochanowski; and Arlitt Center Early Childhood Teacher Education Specialist Jennifer Horwitz.
Tune in to Cincinnati Edition July 30 at 1 p.m. to hear this segment.