Preschool Promise: Local enrollment & tuition assistance details to be announced

Local enrollment & tuition assistance details to be announced (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - It's a plan that seeks to give children in our area access to quality preschool.

Five months after voters approved it, “Preschool Promise” is going into effect.

On Thursday parents can expect to learn more details about the program.

Those behind the Preschool Promise plan believe one of the ways to break the cycle of poverty is through children having access to early childhood education.

That is now going to be a possibility this Fall.

On Thursday afternoon, parents can expect to learn more about how it will all work.

Much of what will be talked about at Thursday's announcement is how parents will get funding and who is eligible.

Middle and lower-middle-income families will get tuition assistance to cover most of the cost of preschool.

Families can use tuition assistance at 3, 4 or 5-star quality rated public, private, head-start or home-based preschools within the boundaries of the Cincinnati Public School district.

By August they want preschool providers to be able to apply for quality improvement grants.

Also, by the fall, the goal is to have tuition credits being applied.

"We know that children who have a preschool experience are going to be more prepared for kindergarten, are more likely to do well in 3rd grade and go on to graduate. So what we learned in November is that the community really wants this for our children,” said Stephanie Byrd, the Interim Director of Cincinnati Preschool Promise.

Parents will be able to attend more information sessions starting in April.

Open houses will also be held at early learning centers around the city.

The announcement is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday at the United Way on Reading Road.

More than 40 percent of children in Cincinnati are not prepared for kindergarten.

That gap is even greater for low-income children.

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