Our vision is that every child in
Cleveland will start kindergarten
ready to succeed.

OUR OVERVIEW

PRE4CLE is a plan to ensure all 3- and 4-year-old children in Cleveland have access to a high-quality preschool by:

Increasing the number of high-quality preschools in Cleveland

Helping preschool providers improve their quality rating

Connecting families to quality preschool programs

We are a part of Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools (the Cleveland Plan), a plan that is reinventing public education in the City of Cleveland. High-quality preschool is the first step on the education continuum for transforming Cleveland’s schools, providing a strong foundation for K-12 success, increased high school graduation, and increased higher education participation.

Through connecting families with high-quality, affordable preschool education opportunities, PRE4CLE provides a gateway for Cleveland’s children to start strong and Cleveland communities to prosper.

“The expected outcome is that students enter kindergarten ready, nothing less.”
–Eric Gordon, CEO, CMSD and Co-Chair, Early Childhood Compact

THE PRE4CLE PLAN

The PRE4CLE Plan was created with input from stakeholders from education, early childhood development, civic, philanthropy, business, religious, labor, and community organizations, as well as hundreds of parents, families, and educators. In 2016, PRE4CLE, under the guidance of the Cleveland Early Childhood Compact, has thoroughly reviewed the original PRE4CLE Plan and refreshed its strategies, goals, and benchmarks based on changing dynamics and the work done over the past three years. The Plan is grounded in research and designed to meet the unique needs and leverage the rich opportunities of the Cleveland community.

OUR FOCUS

We focus our efforts in thee areas that can have the most benefit to the preschool children in our city.

INCREASING
ACCESS

We partner with high-quality preschool providers to increase expansion and increase the quality of their programs. PRE4CLE also works with families to help them find the right high-quality preschool for their child.

ADVOCACY
LEADERSHIP

PRE4CLE engages policymakers and community leaders to raise awareness about the importance of high-quality preschool for Cleveland’s children.

BUILDING
COLLABORATION

We unite partners through the The Cleveland Early Childhood Compact, as well as engaging with partners and providers to implement the PRE4CLE Plan.

MAYOR FRANK JACKSON

“It is essential that we start at preschool so that we can move children through the entire spectrum of K-12 and that they can have the kind of education they need to be competitive in today’s environment.”

PRE4CLE REPRESENTS 93% OF HIGH-QUALITY PRESCHOOL PROVIDERS IN CLEVELAND

PRE4CLE partnered with 110 high-quality PRE4CLE Providers.

2,358 HIGH-QUALITY PRESCHOOL SEATS HAVE BEEN ADDED

since 2013 by creating new preschool seats and raising existing seats to quality.

1,420 ADDITIONAL CHILDREN ARE ENROLLED IN HIGH-QUALITY PRESCHOOL

since PRE4CLE began in 2013—a 50% increase.

PRE4CLE HAS RAISED $8.7 MILLION IN PUBLIC FUNDS AND $2.2 MILLION IN PRIVATE PHILANTHROPIC FUNDING

to support the first three years of implementation.

22 OUT OF 33 CLEVELAND NEIGHBORHOODS

have increased the availability of high-quality preschool seats since 2014.

PRE4CLE’S ENROLLMENT CAMPAIGN REACHED 6,000 FAMILIES

through direct engagement, a broad communication campaign, and partnerships with more than 40 community agencies.

PAUL CLARK

“Public-private partnership is a key to our success. As we look to the future for Cleveland’s children, we know it will be brighter if we all invest to make high-quality preschool a reality for all of Cleveland’s children.”

OUR BENCHMARKS

We are committed to a transparent approach and measure our impact through these community and child-level benchmarks set by the Cleveland Early Childhood Compact:

THE EARLIER THE INVESTMENT,
THE GREATER THE RETURN

When PRE4CLE began, only 16% of Cleveland’s children entering kindergarten are fully prepared for success (Ohio’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment results, 2013). Indisputable research shows a significant return on investment (ROI) in high-quality early education in the form of reduced remedial education costs, increased school readiness, and reduced dependents on social supports during adulthood. Children who participate in high-quality preschool programs are far more likely to experience greater educational achievements and strive toward higher career goals, contributing to their community as they grow.

LEADERSHIP

We represent a public-private partnership. The Cleveland Early Childhood Compact is responsible for the governance and oversight of PRE4CLE. Starting Point and the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County are leading the implementation of the PRE4CLE Plan.

CLEVELAND EARLY
CHILDHOOD COMPACT

The Cleveland Early Childhood Compact is a public-private leadership body that leads and oversees the implementation of PRE4CLE. The Compact is co-chaired by Eric Gordon, Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) Chief Executive Officer, and Marcia Egbert, Senior Program Officer for Human Services at The George Gund Foundation.

IMPLEMENTING AGENCIES

The Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County (ESC-CC) and Starting Point are the two lead agencies charged with facilitating the implementation of the PRE4CLE Plan, raising funds from public and private sources to support the plan, providing information and resources to families and the Cleveland community regarding high-quality preschool, and reporting the plan’s success. They report to the Cleveland Early Childhood Compact.

OUR STAFF

PRE4CLE

Katie Kelly

Executive Director

PRE4CLE

216-901-4208

Michelle Connavino

Operations and Outreach Specialist

PRE4CLE

216-901-4214

Michelle Bledsoe

Coordinator

PRE4CLE

216-575-0061 ext. 513

Akanni Thomas

Outreach and Engagement Specialist

PRE4CLE

216-575-0061 ext. 526

Britton Hill

Outreach and Engagement Specialist

PRE4CLE

216-575-0061 ext. 527

Billie Osborne-Fears

Director

Starting Point

216-575-0061 ext. 504

EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE

Cleveland Early Childhood Compact

Marcia Egbert
Co-Chair

Senior Program Officer

The George Gund Foundation

Eric Gordon
Co-Chair

CEO

Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Rebekah Dorman

Director

Invest In Children/Cuyahoga County Office of Early Childhood

Mark Sniderman

Executive in Residence

Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management

Monyka Price

Chief of Education

City of Cleveland

THE MEMBERS

Cleveland Early Childhood Compact

Michelle Rzucidlo-Rupright

Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Cleveland Teachers Union Secretary

Teacher

Susan Wagner

Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Flexible Content Expert

Magda Gómez

Hispanic Roundtable Representative
Cuyahoga Community College

Manager, Enrollment Communications

Shadonna Griffin

Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland

Parent Representative

Michelle Pierre-Farid

Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Chief Academic Officer

Linda Williams, Ph.D.

WVIZ ideastream

Senior Director - Educational Services

Elizabeth Newman

The Centers for Families and Children

President and CEO

Jennifer Dodd

Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County

Director of Operations and Development

Nicole Vitale

Office of Early Childhood Education
CMSD

Curriculum and Instruction Manager

Marianne Wolf

Preschool Department
CMSD

Manager of Special Education

Kristen Baird Adams

PNC Bank
Cleveland Regional Office

SeniorVP and Managing Director

Karen Mintzer

Help Me Grow

Director

Qianna Tidmore

Office of Early Childhood Education
CMSD

Curriculum and Instruction Manager

Kathleen Hallissey

The Cleveland Foundation

Director, Community-Responsive Grantmaking

Ann Mullin

The George Gund Foundation

Senior Program Officer

Tiana Tufts

Parent Representative

Ann Bowdish

Greater Cleveland Congregations

Early Childhood Expert

Piet van Lier

Cleveland Transformation Alliance

Executive Director

Felton Thomas

Cleveland Public Library

Director

Evelyn Burnett

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Vice President of Economic Opportunity

David Quolke

Cleveland Teachers Union

President

Bob Mengerink

Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County

Superintendent

Khalilah Worley

Greater Cleveland Congregation

Organizer

Linda Schlein

Greater Cleveland Congregations

Sajit Zachariah, Ph.D

College of Education and Human Services
Cleveland State University

Dean

Dr. Jacklyn A. Chisholm

Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland

President and Chief Executive Officer

PRE4CLE RESOURCES

PRE4CLE IN THE NEWS

  • Cleveland gains "high quality" preschool seats, still has many fewer seats than kids

    cleveland.com | September 12, 2017

    Cleveland’s children have about 700 more opportunities to attend “high quality” preschool than a year ago, the city’s preschool expansion partnership reports, as more and more preschools earn quality ratings from the state.

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  • There's a compelling reason to spend more on quality preschool in Cuyahoga County - it works: Brent Larkin

    cleveland.com | September 7, 2017

    If Greater Cleveland’s leaders can find $70 million in tax revenue to remodel an arena, they can find enough to save the lives of at-risk children.

    The controversial renovation plan for Quicken Loans Arena poses the biggest test yet of this community’s priorities. With the people in power having made the arena makeover one of their highest priorities, we’ll soon find out if they are prepared to make the most important investment any community can make in its future…

    And of all the worthy ventures underway to address these problems, one stands above all others in its potential to offer game-changing rewards. Without that investment, most or all the other child-related ventures will underachieve.

    That’s why a permanent funding stream for quality preschool should be the No. 1 priority for Cuyahoga County’s public-private partnership.

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  • Cleveland PRE4CLE program aims to get more kids into affordable, high-quality preschool

    News 5 Cleveland | June 26, 2017

    CLEVELAND – Preschool enrollment is underway in Cleveland, and if you think you can’t afford a “high quality” early start, think again. There are options you may not know about.

    View on News 5 Cleveland Website

  • Quality Pre-K Report

    Sound of Ideas | June 13, 2017

    New enrollment numbers from the nonprofit PRE4CLE show a community-wide push has resulted in a 50 percent increase in Cleveland kids attending high quality preschools. But it’s still not enough, representing just over a third of Cleveland students, advocates say. To level the playing field with more advantaged suburban students, access must  continue to expand.

    Guests:
    • Katie Kelly, Executive Director, PRE4CLE
    • Marcia Egbert, Senior Program Officer for Health and Human Services, The George Gund Foundation; PRE4CLE Co-Chair
    • Michelle Bledsoe, Coordinator, PRE4CLE
    • Dr. Thea Wilson, Ed. D.; VP Children and Families; The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland

    Listen and View on Sound of Ideas Website

  • High Quality Pre-School

    Ideas | June 12, 2017

    This morning’s release of the annual report of the PRE4CLE plan shows what the organization calls “significant strides” in the effort to expand high-quality preschool to all Cleveland three and four year olds. Katie Kelly joins us to discuss some of the highlights. (Beginning at 14:58)

    View on Ideas Website

  • Cleveland places 50% more kids in strong preschools, but falls short of goals

    The Plain Dealer | June 12, 2017

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – More kids are going to “high quality” preschools in Cleveland than a few years ago, but not as many as leaders had hoped, the city’s preschool expansion partnership reports.

    In its annual report released today, the PRE4CLE partnership said that 1,420 more Cleveland students are attending highly rated preschools today than in 2013.

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  • High-quality preschool seats on the rise, says PRE4CLE annual report

    Crain’s Cleveland Business | June 12, 2017

    The number of high-quality preschool seats in Cleveland has grown significantly since 2013, following the creation of PRE4CLE, according to the organization’s 2016 annual report, released Monday, June 12.

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  • How to make Cleveland ‘great again’: The city has a plan. Will it work?

    Hechinger Report | July 20, 2016

    Cleveland Metropolitan School District has a countdown clock to Election Day on its website. When city residents head to the polls that day, they’ll be doing more than picking a president. They’ll be voting on whether the city should keep working on its ambitious overhaul of the school system.

    Read more…

  • PBS NewsHour Hosts Early-Childhood Panel in Cleveland

    Education Week | July 20, 2016

    There’s been little discussion about early-childhood education so far on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week, but the PBS NewsHour filled the gap with a panel discussion Wednesday.

    Read more…

  • PRE4CLE makes strides toward goal, looks at the work ahead

    Freshwater Cleveland | January 4, 2016

    PRE4CLE, a public-private partnership that aims to provide more high-quality preschool seats for Cleveland children, is more than halfway to its initial goal.

    In December the group published its first annual report, announcing that high-quality preschool enrollment grew by 10 percent in the initiative’s inaugural year of implementation.

    Read more…

  • Seats at High Quality Cleveland Preschools Expand By More Than 1200

    ideastream Friday, December 18

    It’s been one year since Cuyahoga County, Cleveland public schools, and several area foundations teamed up in an effort to enroll all of Cleveland’s preschool-aged kids in high quality programs.  Ideastream’s Annie Wu reports on PRE4CLE’s first annual report.

    About 67 percent of three and four year old Cleveland kids are not in high quality preschools.  Some of them aren’t in any preschool program at all.  According to a new report released this week from the public-private partnership PRE4CLE, the Jefferson, Clark-Fulton and Mount Pleasant neighborhoods have some of the lowest enrollment figures in the city.  PRE4CLE Executive Director Katie Kelly says part of her group’s challenge is helping to expand preschool options that prepare children for kindergarten and meet the needs of parents in those neighborhoods. Read more…

  • Cleveland puts more kids in strong preschools, thousands still shut out

    The Plain Dealer | December 20, 2015

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – Preschool classes were added to Riverside elementary school just in time for Karyn Saunders.

    The single mother in the West Park neighborhood was facing bills for having two young children in a private child care home last school year. Then she learned that her oldest, then 4, could go to free, district preschool, right in her neighborhood. Read more…

  • Cleveland Preschool Quality-Improvement Effort Reports Early Gains

    Education Week December 17, 2015

    Cleveland, one of the more recent cities to get into the prekinderten game, released its first report on its new quality improvement program on Dec. 15. And though the report is not an effectiveness study, it does indicate that Cleveland’s model—called Pre4Cle—is another one that’s worth watching.

    Unlike some city programs, Pre4Cle works directly with existing preschools and it is not focused on free tuition for every child. The organization’s staff (it’s a public-private partnership) has raised money to increase enrollment through tuition assistance for families and business-side investments for partners. Read more…

  • Cleveland has added 1,200 more "quality" preschool seats for kids, PRE4CLE reports

    The Plain Dealer | December 15, 2015

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – The city is well on its way to achieving its short-term goal of having 2,000 more kids enrolled in highly-rated pre-school classes by next year.

    But it’s still a long way from its ultimate goal of making strong preschools available for all families that want it.

    The PRE4CLE partnership between theCleveland school district and more than 30 community organizations released an update Tuesday on its plan to greatly improve preschool opportunities for Cleveland’s three- and four-year-olds. Read more…

  • Cleveland Partnership Aims to More Than Double the Children in Preschool Within Two Years

    The Plain Dealer | March 11, 2014

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland school district, Cuyahoga County and more than 30 area agencies have joined in a partnership to more than double the number of Cleveland children attending a quality preschool within the next two years. Read more…

  • Cleveland School District Adds 260 Preschool Seats

    ideastream | August 23, 2014

    The Cleveland Metropolitan School District has added 260 preschool seats this year as part of PRE4CLE—a new program aimed at helping Cleveland families find high-quality preschool services from both public schools and private providers. ideastream’s David C. Barnett reports. Read more…

  • PRE4CLE Expanding Access to High-Quality Preschool Programs in Cleveland

    The Plain Dealer | November 17, 2014

    Investing in pre-kindergarten education pays off for everyone.

    Cleveland’s PRE4CLE pre-K expansion initiative was lauded recently as a national model by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and by Roberto J. Rodríguez, deputy assistant for education to President Barack Obama as a member of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Read more…

  • Quality Preschools Add Seats in Buckeye, Glenville, and Union-Miles with PRE4CLE Boost

    The Plain Dealer | July 24, 2015

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – Three preschools in high-need neighborhoods will receive a boost with startup needs like desks, computers, books and teacher training from PRE4CLE, the city’s preschool expansion partnership. Read more…

  • PRE4CLE salutes more "early adopters"

    CMSD News Bureau | November 5, 2015

    PRE4CLE honored 16 more preschool centers Thursday for joining its campaign to make high-quality preschool more accessible to District families.
    The network, a partnership between CMSD and private preschool providers, held its second Early Adopters Induction Ceremony at Marigold Catering on Lakeside Avenue.PRE4CLE was formed last year and now serves 4,107 children at 106 sites. More than half of those sites are at CMSD schools.

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  • PRE4CLE issues grants for four new classrooms

    Freshwater Cleveland | August 24, 2015

    PRE4CLE, an extension of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District that aims to expand high-quality preschool options across the city, has awarded three grants totaling $120,000 to start four new classrooms, each of which will house 20 preschoolers.

    The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland will open two of the new classrooms at the Oakwood Child Development Center, 9250 Miles Park Avenue. Another will be the first preschool classroom at The Citizens Academy, 10118 Hampden Avenue, which is operated by The Centers for Families and Children. The fourth will be at the Buckeye-Shaker Fundamentals Academy, 12500 Buckeye Road, under the umbrella of the Fundamentals Early Childhood Development Academy.

    Read more…

  • PRE4CLE adds 80 preschool seats

    CMSD News Bureau | July 22, 2015

    The PRE4CLE network has awarded grants that will be used to add 80 high-quality preschool seats in parts of the city where demand is greatest.

    PRE4CLE, a partnership between CMSD and private providers, strives to make high-quality preschool available to as many of Cleveland’s children as possible. High quality is defined as receiving three stars on the state’s five-star system.
    PRE4CLE grants totaling $120,000, or $30,000 each for four classrooms, will increase access in the Union-Miles, Buckeye-Shaker and Glenville neighborhoods. The money, which came from the Cuyahoga County Invest in Children program, will pay for start-up costs such as salaries and equipment.
  • PRE4CLE aims to close preschool gap

    Freshwater Cleveland | July 2, 2015

    Whatever you do, don’t tell private, early educators like Stephanie Moore that they are only babysitters.

    “It’s like a slap in the face,” said Moore, director of the St. Augustine Manor Child Enrichment Center near Detroit Avenue and West 80th Street. “Not only is this a daycare center, but we’re at the same level as a preschool in a local school district.”

    Whether a child goes to such a center, attends highly-rated Cleveland Metropolitan School District preschool classes at schools like Adlai E. Stevenson or Memorial, or is enrolled in a Head Start program isn’t quite as important as the quality of the education provided. Increasing preschool access to all three- and four-year-olds in the city is now a shared goal that unites politicians, educators, corporations and nonprofits under one banner: PRE4CLE.

    Read more…

  • St. Augustine Child Enrichment Center and PRE4CLE building a foundation for success

    Cleveland.com Blog | May 18, 2015

    The St. Augustine Child Enrichment Center was honored by PRE4CLE for being one of the first 90 providers in Cleveland to be part of the effort to provide high-quality preschool to all of Cleveland’s three and four-year-old children.

    The St. Augustine Child Enrichment Center is happy to announce that we were chosen as a PRE4CLE early adopter!

    Read more…

  • What makes a good preschool? State inspectors and other experts tell parents what to look for

    The Plain Dealer | January 9, 2015

    Looking for a day care center or preschool for your child?

    Good luck sorting them out.

    Ohio has more than 8,000 child care centers or homes that take care of – and sometimes teach – children. And that’s just licensed homes. It doesn’t include all the neighbors or grandmothers watching fewer than six kids at a time.

    Read more…

  • State ratings point to preschools that are really schools, not just child care

    The Plain Dealer | January 9, 2015

    What’s the difference between a day care center and a preschool?

    State law doesn’t make a distinction. And you can’t always believe what a center puts in its name and advertisements.

    So Ohio is trying to give parents guidance through it’s Step Up To Quality preschool rating system, which rates childcare centers from one to five stars based on how well they try to educate children.

    Read more…

  • Ohio loses out on $20 million preschool grant, but Cleveland's plan gains $900,000 in local grants

    The Plain Dealer | December 11, 2014

    Cleveland lost out on $6 million to boost its preschool plans when federal officials selected other states, but not Ohio, in awarding $250 million in preschool development grants Wednesday.

    PRE4CLE, the partnership between theCleveland school district and more than 30 community organizations, will instead use $900,000 in new local grants over the next three years to add more high-quality preschool seats for children in the city.

    Read more…

  • PRE4CLE plan receives $900,000 in commitments from three foundations

    Crain’s Cleveland Business | December 10, 2014

    The Cleveland Foundation, George Gund Foundation and PNC Foundation during a Wednesday, Dec. 10, gathering in Washington, D.C., announced $900,000 in financial commitments to support high-quality preschool programs in Cleveland.

    Read more…

  • Preschool means schools don't have to spend 13 years catching kids up, Cleveland schools chief Eric Gordon tells White House Summit on Early Education

    The Plain Dealer | December 10, 2014

    Cleveland schools chief Eric Gordon told educators in Washington, D.C., this morning that the entirecommunity’s efforts to add more preschool is key to bringing better education to all Cleveland children.

    Gordon appeared at the first panel this morning at the White House Summit on Early Education, a national event to promote President Obama’s push for more preschool nationwide.

    “It’s only going to keep moving if we start at the beginning,” he said on the panel moderated by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

    Read more…

  • HUD Secretary Says Cleveland Preschools “Get It.”

    ideastream | October 28, 2014

    As children played, read books, or assembled puzzles at a pre-school in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood, HUD secretary Julian Castro praised the way many area organizations are working together to provide educational pre-school.

    “Cleveland gets it. And I’m encouraged to see the work that is happening here to ensure that these young people get a good education and also to work with the housing authority so that we lift up families that are willing to work hard for it.”

    Read more…

  • HUD Secretary Julian Castro says "Cleveland gets it" about the need for preschool

    The Plain Dealer | October 28, 2014

    Cleveland’s attempts to increase preschool access are a model for other cities to follow, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro said in a quick visit to the city this morning.

    Castro, the former San Antonio mayor who led a major preschool expansion in that city, came to Cleveland to promote President Obama’s goal of providing “universal Pre-K” – preschool for every child, regardless of family income, just like another grade at school.

    Castro visited the Bingham Early Learning Center, a preschool located in public housing at 2421 Central Avenue, and spoke briefly, along with Mayor Frank Jackson and Cleveland school district Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon.

    Read more…

  • PRE4CLE campaign adds 235 more preschool seats in Cleveland, hires a director

    The Plain Dealer | August 22, 2014

    The citywide drive to place more children in quality preschools has made a few tangible gains since spring – adding a director, picking two lead agencies to guide some efforts and offering preschool to 235 more children.

    Leaders of PRE4CLE, a partnership that includes the Cleveland school district, Cuyahoga County and more than 30 non-profit agencies, updated its progress today as preschool students started their school year in district preschools.

    Katie Kelly, the former head of the childhood advocacy groupgroundWork, started as director of PRE4CLE this month, working out of the Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center.

    Read more…

  • More than 280 "high quality" preschool seats remain open for Cleveland 4-year-olds

    The Plain Dealer | July 27, 2014

    More than 280 “high quality” preschool seats — some free and some with financial aid available — are still available for Cleveland four-year-olds this fall.

    PRE4CLE, a program/partnership between the Cleveland school district, Cuyahoga County and 30 area agencies, identified the available seats and want parents to enroll their children.

    Read more…

  • Preschool is better for kids and the regional economy, PRE4CLE panel tells The City Club

    The Plain Dealer | March 25, 2014

    Making preschool more available and affordable to Cleveland children is both better for the children and for the region’s economy, supporters of the PRE4CLE program, told the lunchtime audience at The City Club today.

    For an hour, the main organizers of PRE4CLE laid out their plans to expand preschool opportunities in the city and gave their reasons – both emotional and objective – for wanting it to happen.

    Read more…

  • Cleveland Mayor, Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO, Cuyahoga County Executive Announce Plans to Expand Pre-K in City of Cleveland

    GlobeNewswire | March 20, 2014

    The Cleveland Pre-K Task Force announced PRE4CLE, a plan to expand access to high-quality pre-K programs to children in the City of Cleveland, Ohio. PRE4CLE 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 pre-K seats 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.

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  • Preschool expansion supporters to discuss their plans Tuesday at the City Club

    The Plain Dealer | March 20, 2014

    The task force seeking to provide more and better preschool for Cleveland children will discuss their plans Tuesday at the City Club.

    Supporters of the plan called PRE4CLE, including Marcia Egbert of the George Gund Foundation and Eric Gordon, the chief executive officer of the Cleveland schools, have been meeting with community organizations since the plan was announced March 11 to promote it.

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  • Preschool moves to the head of the class in Cleveland: editorial

    The Plain Dealer | March 13, 2014

    An exciting partnership between the Cleveland schools and more than 30 local agencies to expand high-quality preschools may be the key to turning around the Cleveland public schools.

    Now, Pre4Cle (preschool for Cleveland) program, which hopes to enroll 2,000 pre-K students in the next two years, needs the help of the most important partners of all: parents who make choosing top preschools and K-12 schools a priority. They can begin by contacting Starting Point at 216-575-0061.

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  • Cleveland Schools Aim to Boost Enrollment in High-Quality Preschools

    ideastream | March 11, 2014

    The plan is called PRE4CLE, and the goal is to enroll 2,000 more four-year-olds into preschool programs considered high quality.

    The plan increases preschool class sizes, while adding teaching assistants to keep the student-to-teacher ratio down. It also includes teacher training to bump up the number of programs considered high quality.

    Marcia Egbert with the Gund Foundation said two things standing in the way of enrolling in preschool now are distance and price.

    Read more…

  • Cleveland Expands Efforts To Help 4-Year-Olds Access to Preschool

    State Impact Ohio | March 11, 2014

    Cleveland is one of a handful of cities around the state trying to expand early childhood education for kids under five.

    Last fall, city leaders teamed up with Cuyahoga County officials and two dozen local agencies to brainstorm ways to make high quality programs available for all kids in the area.

    Now they say they have a strategy.

    Read more…

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MATERIALS AND INFORMATION

  • The PRE4CLE Plan 2016

    Since PRE4CLE developed its original Plan, there have been both policy and funding shifts in the early childhood landscape in Cleveland and at the state and national levels. Along with those external factors, several of the initial benchmarks set for PRE4CLE expired at the end of 2016.

    PRE4CLE, under the guidance of its governing body, the Early Childhood Compact, has thoroughly reviewed the original PRE4CLE Plan and refreshed its strategies, goals, and benchmarks based on these dynamics and the work done during the past three years.

    In this document, we highlight the major changes that are reflected throughout the updated Plan, share our new benchmarks, and provide detailed goals and strategies for all of PRE4CLE’s Ten Plan Elements.

    View the original PRE4CLE Plan.

      Download 2016 PRE4CLE Plan.

  • 2016 Annual Report

    PRE4CLE made significant strides in the past two years to increase the availability of high-quality preschool in Cleveland neighborhoods and the number of children enrolled in those preschool seats. This second annual report outlines these accomplishments.

      Download 2016 PRE4CLE Annual Report.

  • PRE4CLE Brochure

    This brochure serves as a general overview of PRE4CLE. If you are interested in having someone from PRE4CLE present to a group, please fill out the volunteer form or email info@pre4cle.org. Download PRE4CLE Brochure_Web.

  • 2015 Annual Report

    PRE4CLE officially began its work in March of 2014, guided by The Cleveland Early Childhood Compact, a public-private leadership body. This first annual report of PRE4CLE reflects accomplishments between March of 2014 and June 2015.

    Download Printer-Friendly Version or Download PRE4CLE Annual Report_Spreads.

  • Media Kit

    If you are a member of the press and would like to speak with us, please contact:

    Katie Kelly
    Executive Director, PRE4CLE
    kkelly@pre4cle.org | 216-901-4208

      Download Media Kit Update 2016.

  • FAQs

    Have questions about PRE4CLE? View some of the most commonly asked questions here.

  • Enrollment Toolkit

    Download our enrollment toolkit to find a checklist of required documents and helpful resources to make enrolling your child in a high-quality preschool as easy as possible.

    Find a list of high-quality preschools with open seats here.

      Download Enrollment Toolkit.

  • Parent Information Card

    This resource was developed to serve as a checklist for preschool quality and for parents to join our mailing list. Download Parent Card.

  • High-Quality Preschool Video

    PRE4CLE connects parents and families with high-quality preschools right in their neighborhood. Know what to look for when finding the right preschool program for your little scholar by watching this video highlighting the six elements of a high-quality preschool.

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