As Cleveland’s 3- and 4-year-olds enter preschool this fall, there are more than 700 additional high-quality preschool openings throughout the city since last September according to PRE4CLE, Cleveland’s plan to expand high-quality preschool to all 3- and 4-year-olds.
The 700 additional high-quality openings are the result of an additional 46 preschool sites that received a high-quality rating of 3, 4, or 5 stars in the state’s Step Up to Quality rating system since last September. The sites include 15 Cleveland Metropolitan School District preschools and 31 community-based schools, child care centers, and Head Start settings. In addition to the 46 new high-quality sites, 11 preschools that were already considered high quality took additional steps to further increase their quality and their ratings since September 2016. Many of these programs still have openings available.
“We are thrilled that there are so many new high-quality opportunities as a result of the great partnership between preschool programs and PRE4CLE’s lead organization, Starting Point,” said Katie Kelly, executive director of PRE4CLE. “We are also excited that PRE4CLE continues to make significant strides toward our goal of expanding access to high-quality preschool to all 3- and 4-year-olds in Cleveland.”
Eric Gordon, CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and co-chair of Cleveland Early Childhood Compact, said the preschool expansion matters to the children of Cleveland. “High-quality preschool is a core component of Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools because we know the impact it has on children’s development. By the age of five, 90% of a child’s brain is developed. High-quality preschool programs help build a strong foundation during that critical window,” he said. “We see these results first hand in our classrooms when children who have attended a high-quality preschool enter kindergarten prepared to succeed.”
PRE4CLE offers resources to help Cleveland families identify the right high-quality preschool for their children. To find the right high-quality preschool openings in their area, parents should visit pre4cle.org/enroll or call Starting Point, Northeast Ohio’s childcare referral agency at 216-575-0061.
List of Sites
Cleveland Metropolitan School District Sites Rated Since September 2016:
Highly Rated Community-Based Sites Since September 2016:
Existing High-Quality Providers that Increased Quality since September 2016
3 Stars to 4 Stars
3 Stars to 5 Stars
4 Stars to 5 Stars