On Friday, August 14th, Paolo DeMaria, the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Ohio Department of Education, visited Cleveland to speak at the City Club. During his remarks, he commented on the importance of early childhood education, saying “It’s amazing what children are able to learn before they start school. It’s almost inconceivable how much learning can take place in those early years.”
DeMaria went on to praise PRE4CLE by saying, “I commend and applaud individual communities like Cleveland that are going beyond what the state is doing by using local resources. PRE4CLE is helping so many children and making a real difference in kindergarten readiness. Your children will be all the better for these efforts and investments.” He shared his excitement about spending time later in the day at a PRE4CLE Provider site and we were excited to welcome him to Market Square Horizon Education Center.
During his visit, Superintendent DeMaria was joined by State School Board member Meryl Johnson and together they toured classrooms, spoke with students, teachers, and staff, and had the opportunity to learn more about PRE4CLE from our staff and community partners from Starting Point, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, The Centers for Families and Children, Cuyahoga County Educational Services Center, Horizon Education Centers, and the Cleveland Transformation Alliance.
After the visit, DeMaria tweeted:
— Paolo DeMaria (@OHEducationSupt) July 14, 2017
PRE4CLE looks forward to working more with Superintendent DeMaria, the Department of Education, and the school board as we continue our work to expand access to high-quality preschool in Cleveland.