PRE4CLE is involved in ongoing advocacy with local, state, and national policymakers and organizations. Please complete the form below if you are interested in supporting these efforts.
PRE4CLE and partners across the state are engaging in advocacy related to the state budget. To learn more about the issues in the state budget, review PRE4CLE’s budget priorities and Groundwork Ohio’s case for support and their piece about early childhood funding in thirty-eight of Ohio’s counties, including Cuyahoga. This video from WKYC featuring PRE4CLE Executive Director Katie Kelly explains that issue further.
To support PRE4CLE’s budget advocacy efforts, contact your state senator and tell them you support the change to move thirty-eight counties into the correct child care category. To find your senator, visit ohiosenate.gov.
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PRE4CLE is funded by a mix of existing and new public and private funds. For those who want to make a lasting impact on Cleveland’s future, PRE4CLE is a wise and meaningful investment. Indisputable research shows a significant return on investment in high-quality early education in the form of reduced remedial education costs, increased school readiness, and reduced dependence 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.
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Political division and polarization have become more extreme, yet one issue unites American voters across party lines: early childhood education.
According to a national poll from the First Five Years Fund, every single early learning proposal tested—including expanding the federal partnership with states and communities through grants to improve access to preschool, tripling the current child care tax credit, and even providing greater funding for programs like Head Start—received overwhelming voter support regardless of partisan affiliation.
In fact, 79% of voters—including 80% of Trump voters and 79% of Clinton voters—want Congress and the administration to work together to improve the quality of child care and preschool, and make it more affordable for parents.
See the results. Visit www.ffyf.org/2017-poll and get all of the results, along with tools that you can use to share them.
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Child Care NOW is a campaign of child care advocates and allies developed by the National Women’s Law Center focused on raising awareness among policymakers and the public about the child care challenges facing America today, including affordability, quality, and provider compensation. Child Care NOW provides tools and resources to a diverse group of stakeholders to take action to elevate child care as a national priority. Together with a community of leaders and allies, Child Care NOW aims to convince policymakers to make a significant financial investment to expand access to high-quality child care, enabling parents to work and giving children access to the high-quality care they need to succeed.
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.
PRE4CLE is currently advocating for our priorities to be included in the state’s budget. Download 2018-2019 Budget Priorities.
This resource helps policymakers understand the importance of preschool and what PRE4CLE is doing to support preschool in Cleveland. Download PRE4CLE for Policymakers.