Childhood Poverty: The Preschool Promise
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Keeping promises. That's what the organizer of a local preschool campaign wants to do, now that he's on Cincinnati City Council.
The program has had successes and challenges alike in the six months since enrollment began.
Thanks to the Cincinnati “Preschool Promise,” more kids are getting an educational edge.
The voter-approved property tax hike pays part of the preschool tuition for low and lower-middle-class families.
3-year-olds and 4-year-olds get an average assistance of $4,800.
Attendance started in the fall and now, six months later, there are about 1100 children in more than 80 participating preschools:
Money from the Preschool Promise has let the Water Lily Learning Center double the number of preschool children, double the number of preschool instructors, and add programs to help the kids.
The whole idea? Get kids ready for kindergarten, and then for life.
“We've also been able to add enrichment programs so our preschoolers have Spanish once a week and soccer once a week,” said Garri Davis of the Water Lily Learning Center. “So they do have access to things they may not have had access to if they stayed at home or went to another school setting, and the parents do appreciate that.”
Councilmember Greg Landsman told his major projects committee that Preschool Promise needs to focus on what's working, increase enrollment and tighten up administrative expenses and to squeeze every penny, as one board member said, into tuition assistance so that every dollar is going to children and families.
Preschool Promise is not a city agency, but Landsman says the city might be able to help with transportation and housing programs so Cincinnatians want to become preschool teachers, particularly in low-income areas.
If you'd like to learn more about the Preschool Promise and see if your child is eligible, you can follow this link.