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PRE4CLE partners with Cleveland preschool programs to help them provide high-quality programs that prepare Cleveland’s children for success in both kindergarten and life.

We connect preschool programs to technical and financial assistance, helping them to:

  • Implement a research-based curriculum
  • Expand their programs
  • Purchase new classroom tools
  • Offer professional development to their teachers and staff
  • Provide marketing assistance to spread the word in the community about their programs.

QUALIFICATIONS

To be a PRE4CLE Provider, your program needs to be located in the city of Cleveland and:

PROVIDER ADVISORY COMMITTEE

More than 98 preschool programs have already committed to being part of PRE4CLE. These programs serve more than 4,800 children in 248 high-quality preschool classrooms across the city. They are private providers, Head Start programs and Cleveland Metropolitan School District preschool classrooms.

These preschool programs form the Provider Advisory Committee for PRE4CLE and help implement the plan, including quality improvement in preschool classrooms, family engagement, and recruitment strategies to attract families to high-quality programs, and ensure children make the most of their preschool experience.

STEP UP TO QUALITY

Step Up To Quality is a five-star quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Step Up to Quality recognizes and promotes early learning programs that meet quality standards that go beyond what is required for licensing. The program standards are based on national research identifying standards that lead to improved outcomes for children.

Programs in Step Up to Quality serving publicly-funded children in ODJFS-licensed settings also receive additional financial support through increased child care reimbursement.

STEP UP TO QUALITY
PROGRAM STANDARDS
  1. Learning and Development
  2. Administrative and Leadership Practices
  3. Staff Qualifications and Professional Development
  4. Family and Community Partnerships.
PRE4CLE CONNECTS

We connect providers to resources to improve their performance in the four areas, so programs can obtain or improve their Step Up to Quality ratings.

To learn more about SUTQ, contact the SUTQ Coordinator at Starting Point at 216.575.0061. Starting Point can provide training and technical assistance to acquire, maintain, increase, and renew your star rating.

PROVIDER RESOURCES

PRE4CLE is focused on connecting preschool providers with the resources and tools they need to meet high-quality standards. Please use the resources and contact us to get started on your journey to quality.

PROVIDERS

  • PRE4CLE Provider Newsletter

    Stay connected with PRE4CLE. Sign up for the email newsletter for providers.

  • Professional Development Resources

    Through our partner – Starting Point – providers can participate in professional development to help teachers and staff increase their knowledge and proficiency in working with children. Starting Point offers:

    Workshops and training classes on hundreds of topics

    A Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) Preparation Training program

    Ohio approved training

    On-site technical support to reinforce learning

  • Step Up to Quality

    Step Up To Quality is a five-star quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Step Up to Quality recognizes and promotes early learning programs that meet quality standards that go beyond what is required for licensing. The program standards are based on national research identifying standards that lead to improved outcomes for children.

    Programs in Step Up to Quality serving publicly-funded children in ODJFS-licensed settings also receive additional financial support through increased child care reimbursement and quality achievement awards.

    The Step Up To Quality Program Standards include four areas: Learning and Development, Administrative and Leadership Practices, Staff Qualifications and Professional Development, and Family and Community Partnerships.

    PRE4CLE connect providers to resources to improve their performance in the four areas, so programs can obtain or improve their Step Up to Quality ratings.

    To learn more about SUTQ, contact the SUTQ Coordinator, Karla Martin at Starting Point at (216) 575-0061. Starting Point can provide training and technical assistance to acquire, maintain, increase, and renew your star-rating.

TEACHERS

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children

    The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.

  • Teacher Education Resources

    Teachers who hold degrees are an integral part of high-quality preschool programs. The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® OHIO scholarship provides support to teachers as they work to earn their Associate or Bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education.

    T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® OHIO is a compensation and retention program for child care professionals. Active in 23 states, T.E.A.C.H is designed to address education, compensation and turnover issues that affect the early childhood field. Assistance is available for the cost of tuition, books, and related education expenses. Please follow the link for a video about T.E.A.C.H. (“Who’s at School Today?”)

    Professionals and programs participate in T.E.A.C.H. OHIO by partnering in the professional’s goal, fiscal responsibility, and retention. The Program commits to provide higher pay each year to their employees that earn credentials or college credit toward early childhood education degrees. Professionals commit to stay working at their programs while in school and for a period of time afterward.

    Scholarships are available for early childhood professionals who want to earn a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, Associate degree in early childhood education or child development. Bachelor Degree opportunities are available on a very limited basis by region of the state and number offered.

    T.E.A.C.H. scholarships require the participation of a sponsoring program (unless you are a Type B professional). Information is available for those interested in becoming a sponsor.

    For more information about T.E.A.C.H. you can contact Starting Point at (216) 575-0061 or contact the T.E.A.C.H. office directly at 1-877-547-6978 ext. 304 or email teach@occrra.org.

    Starting Point hosts T.E.A.C.H. information sessions on a periodic basis which are published in the Starting Point Quarterly Training Calendar.

  • PNC Grow Up Great

    Through PNC Grow Up Great, PNC has been a consistent voice for the importance of quality early childhood education — awarding grants, championing the cause, supporting the creation of educational resources, and volunteering. Visit the PNC Grow Up Great Lesson Center for ideas for your classroom.

  • ideastream

    ideastream is a non-profit organization that applies the power of media to education, culture and citizenship. It includes WVIZ/PBS, 90.3 WCPN, WCLV 104.9, educational and public service cable channels, broadband interactive video distance learning, the Internet and other interactive media. ideastream offers professional development programs to educators in Cleveland through its education department.

  • Talk, Read, Sing

    A language rich environment is one in which children are surrounded by talking, singing, and reading and have many opportunities throughout their day, across all activities, to communicate with others and engage in back-and-forth conversations. Research shows that some young children are exposed to more language in their homes, early learning programs, and school settings, than other children. This difference in the number of words and back-and-forth conversations to which children are exposed is called the “word gap”. This document includes tips that you can use to help bridge the word gap by enriching the language environment of all young children in your care, including children who do not speak yet, children with disabilities or delays, and children who are learning more than one language.

    Learn more at talkingisteaching.org.

      Download Talk, Read, Sing.

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