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.

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