Cuyahoga County and Private Funders Commit $22 Million to High-Quality Preschool Expansion

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish announcing the early childhood investment at the 2016 State of the County address. Photo Credit: Donn R. Nottage/The City Club of Cleveland

In November, Cuyahoga County Council passed its biennial budget, which included a $10 million investment in Cuyahoga County’s Universal Pre-K (UPK) program, a move championed by County Executive Armond Budish and approved by Cuyahoga County Council. This public investment was matched by Cuyahoga County’s private businesses and philanthropic leaders, resulting in an additional $12 million. These public and private dollars will be used to expand Cuyahoga County’s Universal Pre-K program to serve an additional 2,000 children, doubling the number of children currently served in the program.  It is expected that approximately half of the expansion will serve children in the City of Cleveland. PRE4CLE applauds our community’s commitment to early learning and especially thank Executive Budish, Cuyahoga County Council, and PNC Regional President Paul Clark, who led the private fundraising effort.


August 1, 2016


Michelle Connavino

Michelle Connavino

Michelle Connavino is the Operations & Outreach Specialist for PRE4CLE, Cleveland’s plan to expand access to high-quality preschool.

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