(Plain Press, December 2014) U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro and Roberto J. Rodríguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education, came to Cleveland on October 28th to applaud PRE4CLE’s efforts to enroll more children in high-quality preschool and to preview a new national campaign that will focus on early education. Their visit comes shortly after the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a grant application to states for a substantial federal investment in high-quality early childhood education. The State of Ohio submitted an application for a $80 million federal investment across the state under this grant earlier this month, and specifically named Cleveland, and PRE4CLE, as one of the communities that is ready to expand high quality early education to its’ children.
PRE4CLE is a plan to expand access to high-quality preschool programs to children in the City of Cleveland and is a major next step in implementing Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools. Starting in the 2014-2015 school year, PRE4CLE will increase the number of high quality preschool spaces available for four year olds in the City of Cleveland. The plan will be rolled out to three year olds at a later date. For more information, visit http://www.clevelandmetroschools.org/pre4cle.
PRE4CLE hosted the roundtable discussion that brought together Ohio leaders in philanthropy, business and the public sector to discuss the importance of investing in early education initiatives, like PRE4CLE, that ensure all children and families have the opportunity to succeed in school and life.