KEEPING THE PROMISE 2020 - 2021 ANNUAL REPORT
A Message from the Board Chairs
Cincinnati Preschool Promise Board of Managers
Dear Cincinnati Community:
Cincinnati Preschool Promise is more important than ever for the challenges we faced last year during a global pandemic. In a world of restrictions, vaccinations, masking, and social distancing, we found a way to assist in delivering high-quality education to our preschoolers.
Bianca Edwards Bishop Ennis Tait
Despite the impact of COVID-19, we were able to enroll 1,360 children.
There was a greater dependence upon technology and a heavier
reliance on each other as we sought innovative ways to address challenges unlike any we have experienced before. Our parents and Providers stepped up to ensure safe learning environments for our preschoolers. The Cincinnati community renewed a school levy during the pandemic that enabled us to continue serving our youngest learners.
Deborah Allsop Gary Lindgren H. James Williams, PhD Laura Sanregret
We adapted the support we offer our preschoolers to meet the new challenges in education. And, in an ever-changing environment, Cincinnati Preschool Promise has never lost sight of the long-term gains of guaranteeing our preschoolers’ access to high-quality preschool education. Thank you to the City of Cincinnati taxpayers for your continued investment in Cincinnati Preschool Promise and Cincinnati Public Schools. We appreciate the trust our families have in us in serving them and their children. And, finally, we acknowledge the staff,
Marcia Futel Micah Kamrass O’dell M. Owens, MD , MPH Sallie Westheimer Terri England Vanessa Y. White, PhD
Board, and stakeholders of both organizations who make our nonprofit and school system what it is today and their support and encouragement to succeed in the future.
Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education
Ben Lindy Carolyn Jones Eve Bolton Melanie Bates Mike Moroski
O’dell M. Owens
Cincinnati Public Schools, Board Chair
Cincinnati Preschool Promise, Board Chair
M D, M P H
Pamela Bowers Ryan Messer
Mission The mission of Cincinnati Preschool is to ensure equitable access to high-quality preschool so that every Cincinnati child is prepared for kindergarten.
Vision Our region values preschool as an integral part of a child’s education and as an important support for working families. The community acknowledges that the best outcomes are possible with continuous access to high-quality education, beginning with preschool, and ongoing engagement throughout a child’s educational experience. This is especially true for children with the greatest need. Kindergarten readiness, and third grade reading are short-term benefits of increased participation in preschool. The longer-term benefits, from middle school through high school, will produce a more qualified workforce and community in which all residents have an opportunity to thrive.
Our Story Cincinnati Preschool Promise is possible thanks to a significant investment from taxpayers. In 2016, and again in 2020, a 5-year Cincinnati Public Schools levy was approved with overwhelming support. The levy allocated $33 million per year to strengthen K-12 education and $15 million per year to expand access to quality preschool.
Cincinnati Preschool Promise has been an absolute lifesaver for my family! I am a single mom with three kids and was eligible to receive the full tuition funds for my youngest two children. They have been able to attend an incredible 5-star rated preschool (Kennedy Heights Montessori). This school has been an absolute treasure with dedicated, smart, professional, and loving teachers and staff members, with a consistent structure and supportive Montessori environment. I could never have afforded my children this opportunity without CPP’s financial support. My middle child is a voracious reader and has already tested as Gifted at his Cincinnati Public School (CPS). I believe that his preschool experiences set him up for this level of success. I also appreciate how my children have been introduced to the Montessori approach, which continues at their CPS Montessori School. I will always be grateful for this amazing resource!”
— Briana Ellis, CPP Parent
Our ABCs of Impact
ACCESS to affordable quality preschool for Cincinnati children and families. 2020-2021 Preschool Students Served - CPP
Preschool Students Served - CPS
BUILD partnerships with Providers to increase high-quality programs.
The Ohio Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Revised (KRA-R), used to measure school readiness based on Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards, was not uniformly administered to all first-time kindergarteners this
2020-2021 High-Quality Seats Created
year because of Covid-19. Though data is not available on language and literacy, math or overall kindergarten readiness based on KRA-R performance, other assessments were used to measure progress of students who received Tuition
CONTRIBUTE to an equitable early childhood community to sustain high-quality programs.
Assistance. Kindergartners who received tuition assistance from CPP as preschoolers were more frequently at or above benchmark on the Acadience Reading Assessment compared to Non-CPP kindergarteners by 9.5 percentage points among
2020-2021 Teacher Promise Grant Recipients
Staff Support Fund Sites
Black/African-American students, 8.2 percentage points among Hispanic students, and 15.1 percentage points among Multi-Racial/Other students.
See INNOVATIONS in Community Research and Program Evaluation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital- CPP Year 4 Evaluation
New & Expanded Initiatives Coffee & Conversation Enjoy a virtual cup of coffee and join an energetic group of Community Preschool Providers. This is a time to discuss emerging issues in early childhood education, network in a Provider-only space, and share best practices with members of the CPP network. From vaccination protocols to new tumbling techniques, no topic is off limits in these sessions.
Ready Rosie This Provider requested early education digital tool that helps schools and communities across the nation deepen and scale their family engagement efforts. Ready Rosie has been recognized by The National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement as a research-based parenting curriculum with documented positive outcomes for both schools and families.
Provider Council The Council convenes community preschool Providers who have a direct voice in influencing CPP decisions and priorities by lending their expertise to drive CPP’s mission. Representatives from family child care, single, and multi-site programs are members of the Council.
Preschool Chats These virtual sessions serve as an open forum to engage and share information with parents and others in the Cincinnati
ABC Mouse This award-winning digital learning program covers reading, math,
community. Current national and local issues concerning early
art, music and more. Created by teachers and education experts,
childhood education are discussed.
experts, games, puzzles, and other fun activities help kids practice
Promise Ambassadors Volunteers enable us to stay true to our mission of helping our youngest learners become ready for kindergarten. From
letters, numbers, and more. It has over 10,000+ exciting learning activities all expertly designed to help prepare young learners for kindergarten and beyond.
administrative work to parades, we have several ways for you to
Books Alive! For Kids®
get involved and connect your network to CPP.
This locally based, Emmy Award-winning literacy program aims to
reduce childhood illiteracy, teach resilience, and stimulate a love for learning by engaging early readers through sight, sound and touch.
This is an opportunity for community members to share the joy of reading by selecting your favorite book, reading it aloud, and recording for inclusion in the CPP YouTube library of stories.
Smart Start This collaboration between CPP and the African American Chamber and its members gives young learners a ‘smart start’ by providing educational materials for students to use outside of their preschool classrooms.
Pitch Night CPP’s open submission opportunity for individuals, nonprofits, and businesses to pitch creative ideas that bring new initiatives to CPP focused on innovation in early childhood education. Any concept, strategy or partnership that supports CPP’s mission of ensuring
“CPP has been a great partner with our preschool program. At Bobren’s Tiny Tots, we take pride in offering high-quality education to our families. This year, we’ve offered a graduation ceremony with catered food and provided back-to-school supplies for the families and community. This event was made possible by having CPP as a partner with our with enrolled families. Thank you again for your support in helping us continue providing educational experiences for our “tiny tots!”
— Brenda Booker, Bobren’s Tiny Tots Co.
equitable access to high-quality preschools is welcome.
Tuition Assistance: ACCESS to affordable quality preschool The Difference Access Makes
The Tuition Assistance Program
No child’s preschool education journey should end before it begins
The 2020-2021 school year posed continued challenges with
because of financial obstacles. By the age of five, children’s brains
temporary reductions in class size and classroom closures to
are already 90 percent developed. This means strong, early learning
accommodate health and safety requirements due to COVID-19.
experiences can build a strong foundation for their futures. Research
Nevertheless, we continued to support families so they would have
shows children who attend high-quality preschool are more likely to
access to a high-quality preschool education. Collectively, 158 high-
enter kindergarten prepared to learn, graduate from high school, and
quality preschools, CPP and CPS provided Tuition Assistance to 1,361
thrive in college and life.
preschoolers. The average investment was $6,600 per child. Tuition Assistance was also offered for an Extended Learning Session (ELS)
The Tuition Assistance program enables us to extend access beyond
from June to August to maximize the opportunities for classroom
financial support from other federal, state, local, and private funding
instruction and mitigate Covid-19–related interruptions in learning.
sources. That’s because sometimes those funding sources just aren’t
In 2020, CPP provided Tuition Assistance for 360 preschoolers at 47
enough. As the “last dollar in,” our Tuition Assistance program helps
community Provider sites during the Extended Learning Session.
close the funding gap with supplemental or full financial support for families who, without our last dollar in, would not be able to send their
Since 2017, when the Tuition Assistance program began, more than
children to preschool. Without CPP many children would be left behind
6,141 preschool students were provided access to a high-quality
without access to a high-quality preschool.
Our Tuition Assistance program also helps Community Providers
Family Eligibility for Tuition Assistance
maintain or increase their high-quality ratings, maximize access
Families can apply for Tuition Assistance at any time and applications
to high-quality preschool, and fill their classrooms to fulfill their
are processed within 5 days. Eligible families are encouraged to
business potential. CPP’s Year 4 Evaluation Report and wage studies
enroll throughout the academic year from August to May. The Tuition
show that providers designated as high-quality and participating in
Assistance program helps families who:
Tuition Assistance are better able to provide higher wages, benefits, and more for the early childhood educators they employ.
● Have preschoolers aged three or four years old by September 30; ● Live within the CPS district boundaries; ● Live at-or-below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), which equates to about $77,250 for a family of four.
Eligible Preschool Providers Community Providers, eligible to participate in the CPP Tuition Assistance program are Family Child Care, single, and multi-center sites, and Parochial Schools, within the CPS district. Each Provider must have achieved a quality rating of 3, 4, or 5 star in Ohio’s Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) system. These Providers are designated by CPP as “high-quality.” But there’s more to the story. As members of the CPP network and an essential part of delivering quality early childhood education, Tuition Assistance Providerscommit to: ● Comply with CPP’s Equity Policy; ● Adopt a spirit of transparency in reporting outcomes and data-sharing; ● Participate in an annual external evaluation; ● Attend provider briefings; ● Adhere to all CPP policies and procedures beyond the alreadystringent requirements of licensure and the SUTQ system.
Preschool Students Served - CPP
Preschool Students Served - CPS
Total Participating Preschools - CPP
Total Participating Preschools - CPS
Average Tuition Assistance Provided Per Preschooler
Before we became a part of the program, we had heard great things. We knew we had to get involved. We are so glad to be in the Tuition Assistance program. Since being in the program, my son has received a tablet to enhance his learning. It has set him up to master his skills and develop confidence. We are so grateful this program exists. Thank you for all the opportunities.”
— Marie Hudson, CPP Parent
Quality Improvement: BUILD partnerships with Providers Defining Quality
And We’re Moving On Up
Quality is not ambiguous or innate. We can build it. It can be
SUTQ recognizes and promotes learning and development
measured, taught, learned, and honed. That’s why Ohio’s Step Up
programs through a five-star quality rating system reflecting
to Quality (SUTQ) tiered rating and improvement system is the
the extent to which the provider meets national research-based,
foundation of our Quality Improvement program (QI).
outcome-oriented quality program standards for licensing, health, and safety regulations. Rated providers fall into star ratings of 1-5,
From Unrated to 1 Star
From Unrated to 2 Star
From 1 Star to 2 Star
Reached 3 Star to 5 Star
Total Star Improvements
with 5 being the highest possible rating. CPP defines high-quality preschool programs as those with a 3, 4, or 5 star SUTQ rating. Providers are making the investment to build quality every day, but it can take significant time to gain or increase a quality rating. That’s why our QI program is essential to ensure the accessibility and availability of high-quality preschool seats. It helps more providers reach high-quality faster, have the capacity to extend Tuition Assistance to more families, and expose more students to the benefits of a quality preschool education.
QI Providers Converted to TA
QI Providers Achieved High-Quality
High-Quality Seats Created
Total Seats at QI Providers
Total QI Providers
Coaching Support Unrated to 2 star provider coaching hours
Unrated to 2 star providers in coaching
3 to 5 star coaching hours
3 to 5 star providers in coaching (pilot project)
Total coaching hours
Total Providers in coaching
Complying with evolving COVID-19-related health and safety requirements to protect children, families, and staff made the already-daunting task of achieving a high-quality rating even more difficult. Despite the challenges, 119 community providers continued to work toward advancing by participating in the Quality Improvement program, and created more than 350 new high-quality preschool seats in the Cincinnati Public Schools district.
Cost of Quality: CONTRIBUTE to an equitable early childhood community Staff Support Fund
Recruitment, Retention & Wage Parity in the Workforce
Last year, we launched the Staff Support Fund to unrated 1-, and
A skilled and committed early childhood education workforce is essential to having a high-quality preschool. Recruitment, retention, and wage parity for preschool teachers has been an ongoing challenge that has reached a crisis level during the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, CPP expanded our efforts to strengthen the early childhood education talent pipeline by promoting job opportunities in the community Provider network, offering free professional development sessions for those seeking career advancement and continuing our wage pilots. The complexities and costs associated with establishing wage equity are growing. Reaching a minimum base pay of $15 per hour is not enough to achieve and sustain excellence in preschool education. That’s why helping community-based Providers and lead teachers cover the costs that can make or break efforts to gain and sustain a high-quality program is a priority for CPP. We help supplement the costs of quality through two wage pilot programs: the Teacher Promise Grant (TPG) and the Staff Support Fund (SSF).
2 star preschools retain quality staff as they pursue a high-quality rating through our Quality Improvement program (QI). Through the SSF, Providers have access to $3,000 per lead teaching position in their center or family child care program to support any preschool teachers in the following areas: ● Offering retention, recruitment, or advancement bonuses ● Offsetting costs for health insurance or other benefits; ● Supplementing teachers’ wages ● Paying for formal education in a degree-granting program; in early childhood education. An analysis of workforce challenges and opportunities for CPP to make an impact are included in our Year 4 external evaluation report, to be released in September 2021.
Direct Program Spending by Fiscal Year Tuition Assistance Spend - CPP
Cost of Quality - CPP*
Tuition Assistance Spend - CPS
Cost of Quality - CPS*
Quality Improvement Spend
Teacher Promise Grant Our Teacher Promise Grant supports and contributes to the retention of lead teachers at 3, 4, and 5- star community-based preschools that participate in the Tuition Assistance program. Eligible lead teachers
Less than 1%
receive direct payments of up to $4,000 in TPG funding in a given
year. As a condition of the award, recipients are required to remain teaching in a community preschool and continue their professional
2% 1% 1% 3%
development. The grant money can be used in any way needed and many teachers report using the funds for continuing education and family expenses. In the 2020-2021 program year, 54 Lead Teachers at 36 Tuition Assistance program sites received Teacher Promise Grants.
Teacher Promise Grant Recipients
Teacher Promise Grant Sites
Staff Support Fund Recipients
Less than 1%
300,000 Cost of Quality - CPP*
Cost of Quality - CPS*
*Cost of Quality incudes Teacher Promise Grants, Teacher Advancement Bonus & Workforce Development Expenses
The CPP Board and staff commit to driving equity in our
Specifically, in alignment with the CPS Board Policy 2255 and
organization, initiatives, and the diverse community we serve.
our mission, Cincinnati Preschool Promise strives to:
Cincinnati Preschool Promise addresses equity issues by taking
● Stabilize a skilled and qualified workforce, particularly
the following steps in our internal structures, spending, policies,
in classrooms serving Cincinnati’s most historically
and procedures. We design and implement programming to
meet our goals:
● Foster a highly-skilled preschool teaching workforce including support for historically disadvantaged teachers;
● Allocating the organization’s financial, material, and human capital equitably; ● Eliminating, wherever possible, policies and practices that perpetuate these inequities; ● Ensuring that new CPP initiatives, policies, or procedures do not create inequities; ● Identify, develop, and apply policies and practices that have demonstrably made a positive difference for teachers and Providers from historically disadvantaged backgrounds; ● Support building relationships among Providers, in order to break down historic barriers and uplift the sector.
● Develop programs considering the impacts on the diversity of preschool educators, and maintain or expand it in any way possible; ● Work with a wide variety of Provider types (in-home, parochial, public, private, and non-profit centers. The collection of Providers should be geographically dispersed and culturally and linguistically relevant to the children in their care. These needs include, but are not limited to: • Students from non-English speaking backgrounds; • Students who have experienced trauma and adverse conditions (ACES); • Students with special education needs; • Students residing in quality gap neighborhoods. ● Ensure that our work addresses inequities and provides options, including single-site centers and family child care.
Quality Improvement & Tuition Assistance by Types
Student Ethnicity 73% African American/Black
34% Type B 25% Single Site Center
19% Type A
17% Multi-Site Center
6% 1% 1% 1%
4% School-Based (Parochial)
Other American Indian/Alaskan Native Asian or Pacific Islander Unknown
49% Type B 23% Type A 21% Single Site Center
5% School-Based (Parochial) 3% Multi-Site Center
43% Income Requirement Waived
Quality Improvement & Tuition Assistance by Ethnicity
36% <100 % 12% 131-200 %
67% African American/Black
5% 100-130 % 2% 201-250 % 2% 251-300 %
4% Caucasian 2% Multi
* Federal Poverty Levels are used to determine eligibility for Tuition Assistance
17% Not For Profit 10% Unknown
Preschool is an experience that differs from kindergarten in that it allows children to develop under the watchful eye of developmentally appropriate trained personnel. Preschool isn’t an extension of kindergarten; rather, it’s a time for children to develop their reading, writing, and math skills uniquely. It means children are ready for kindergarten, and their families are ready to support their child’s learning. The best early learning environments are developmentally appropriate, culturally responsive, and experience-rich programs. Being ready for kindergarten means having well-developed preschool skills for social interaction, language, play, emotional development, early literacy, familiarity with numbers, and fine motor skills. By investing in early education, businesses and families eventually gain a strong, prepared workforce who live and work in thriving communities.”
— Jaumall Davis
Kindergarten Teacher, Oyler School
Note: An update analysis of quality neighborhoods is included in our Year 4 Evaluation. Please visit our website for more information.
List of Providers 2020-21 Tuition Assistance
24 Hour Child Care From The Heart Alouette Learning Center
Karla’s Kiddie Kingdom LLC
Alphabet Junction, Inc
Angela F. Lyshe-Thierry
Keneice’s Loving Arms Child Care LLC
Bethel Christian Academy, Inc.
Kennedy Heights Montessori
Betty’s Angels at Home Preschool and Daycare
Bobren’s Tiny Tots Co.
Kids Play 513 LLC
C.A.R.E Home Childcare
Kila’s Angels Daycare
CAA - Discovering Minds Learning Center
CAA - Life Learning Center CAA - Millvale
LaRoy Holloway Latoya Dixon Latoya Spraggs
Learning Grove - Bond Hill
CELC - East End
Learning Grove - CityLink
Learning Grove - East Walnut Hills
Children’s World LLC
Learning Grove - Future Environments
Childtime Children’s Center
Learning Grove - Gateway Visions
Cincinnati Scholar House Child Development Center
Learning Grove - Peaslee Early Learning Center
Color Us Blended Family Childcare
Learning Grove - Price Hill
Corban Learning Center
Learning Grove - Schiff I
Learning Grove - Schiff II
Cozy Care Nursery School & Childcare
Learning Grove - YWCA
Creative Environment For Youth LLC
Little Kings and Queens Learning Center LLC
Creative Imaginations Childcare LLC
CUB - Camp Washington
Little Steps Daycare Center LLC
CUB - Millvale
Little Treasures Under Ms. Chris’ Care
Loving Kindness Education & Learning Center Lynn Burnam
Daddy’s Daycare - Linn Street
Mt. Washington Baptist Day Care & Preschool
Divine Daycare Center Inc. Ebony’s Learning Center, LLC
Nanny’s Multi Level Learning Centers, INC. New Horizons
God’s Little Angels Learning Center
Holy Family School
North Bend Learning Center
In God’s Hands Christian Youth Center
Nurse Julie’s Daycare
Inspired Kids Learning Center LLC
CWFF Child Development Center
E G H I
CAA - Ted Berry
CUB - Winton Campus
InVision Child Care
Peggy’s Precious Angels
Just 4 Kidz Academy
Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Preschool
List of Providers 2020-21 Tuition Assistance
Rainbow Room Preschool Learning Center Red Brick Childcare LLC
A Mother’s Love 24HR Childcare
Above and Beyond Early Learners Academy
Saint William School
Advanced Early Learning Academy
Simpy’s Playhouse and Learning Center
Sky’s The Limit Learning Center
Sonya Woods St. Boniface Preschool
3T Learning Academy
Beautiful Beginnings Childcare Calvary Kids Learning
St. Francis Seraph School
St. James Child Development Center
Cherish Your Children Childcare
St. Lawrence Preschool
Cincinnati Hebrew Day School
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Armleder Campus
The BeeHive Child Care
Constant Care Learning Center
The Best Childcare LLC
The Children’s Home
Crossroads Child Development Center
The Little Daisy House
The Little Tree House of Knowledge The Salvation Army Learning Center
Daddy’s Daycare CDC Millvale Court Darlene Hill
TOTally Kids Learning Center
UC - Arlitt
Destiny Childcare and Development Center
Vicky’s Tender Heart Childcare
Essential Learning Academy
UC - Early Learning Center
Vonda Cathey Water Lily Learning Center, LLC
Embracing Quality Child Care, LLC
Frances Moore Generation Hope Childcare and Preschool
Wesley Education Center
Westwood United Methodist Church
Gingerbread House Childcare LLC
Where The Sidewalk Ends Academy
William Mallory Early Learning Center
YMCA - Christ Child YMCA - Duck Creek YMCA - Gamble Nippert
Helping Hands Creative Learning Childcare Center LLC Imaginations at Work Immanuel Child Development Center
J.C. Wynn Center of Excellence Jacqueline Hall-Beckett
YMCA - Valley
Youthland Academy of Pleasant Ridge
Youthland Academy of Price Hill
Just 4 Kids 2 Learning Center
Kampusland Inc. Katrina’s Family Child Care Kenyetta L. Hightower
Quality Improvement K
Kenyetta L. Hightower
Kids Fun Zone Childcare, LLC Kristie Springs
LaLa’s Lil One’s Learn & Play
Shining Stars Learning Center of Cincinnati
Little Dreamers Childcare
Small Hands A.B.C.
Little Footprints Learning Center
Small Kids Adventures Learning Center LLC
Little Promises (Operated by Cincinnati Urban Promise)
St. Francis de Sales School
Tanya Johnson Teefah’s Learning Center
Mini Miracles Learning Center
The Miracle Seeds
The Tot Spot at Seymour
Ms. Kay’s All Star Childcare
These Precious Hands Child Development Center
Nature w/ Nurture Preschool & Day School, LLC
Next Generation Early Learning Center Pamela Boykins Pamela Elliott
Under the Sea Childcare Yolanda Champion Youthland Academy of Beekman Youthland Academy of Cheviot
Ready Set Learning Center
Zion Temple Christian Academy
For current list of our partners, visit our website: www.cincy-promise.org
The Promise Team Tanya Del Valle Chara Fisher Jackson
Executive Director & CEO
Florence Malone-Crump Outreach & Enrollment Manager
Interns Cassidy Grence Quincy Buchannon Maecon Yared Anne Stevenson
& Marketing Manager
Dear Friends of Cincinnati Preschool Promise: Despite the challenges of the 2020—2021 school
We contributed to educational outcomes in
year, we continued our trajectory to give every child
the early childhood ecosystem. By creatively
a fair start on their educational journey. This year’s
seeking new learning opportunities for every
annual report highlights the three key components
Cincinnati preschooler, we better prepare them
that drive our mission. These building blocks are
for kindergarten. Our impact, and the trust we
the ABCs of what we do — provide Access, Build
fostered throughout the early childcare community,
partnerships, and Contribute to providing equitable
reinforces our determination to drive successful
early childhood education.
long-term outcomes with kindergarten readiness.
Your investment, as reflected in this annual report,
Though the estimated number of children enrolled
sustained us. Our heartfelt thanks to each member of
in preschool dropped nationwide by 30 percent,
the Cincinnati community who continues the work of
our enrollment dropped by less than 17 percent.
Cincinnati Preschool Promise and Cincinnati Public
The resilience of the Cincinnati Preschool Promise
Schools through the passage of the school levy.
network throughout the continuing pandemic gave parents additional community resources to support
We kept the promise of expanding access to
the development of the whole child. We will build
high-quality preschool education. In addition
upon the things we know work well and continuously
to providing tuition assistance, we launched
evaluate new opportunities and their outcomes.
new pilot programs to maintain the viability of preschool sites during a pandemic. We extended
Your involvement, expertise, and ideas are needed
learning sessions, expanded literacy initiatives,
and welcome. We invite you to remain a part of
and deepened our engagement with parents and
the Cincinnati Preschool Promise network by
families. These partnerships enabled us to develop
volunteering, visiting our website, participating in
opportunities to impact our preschoolers’ readiness
our Facebook chats and sharing the impact of the
for kindergarten positively.
promises kept. You are an essential part of our early childhood education team to ensure every child is
By building partnerships, we expanded professional
ready for kindergarten!
development courses for our Community Providers to help meet Step Up to Quality criteria and support
them as small business owners. In addition, our Teacher Promise Grants enabled Providers to retain critical staff. And, we enhanced our newsletters to keep our various stakeholders informed. All this, without losing our focus on providing access to high-quality preschool. We continually seek to partner with other organizations like 4C for Children, Success by Six, the Southwest Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children, the African American Chamber, and others to impact the futures of our preschoolers.
Chara Fisher Jackson
Cincinnati Preschool Promise
Executive Director and CEO
Tianay Amat Cincinnati Public Schools