The Cincinnati Preschool Promise Pledge
Quality early childhood education is extremely important to our city, our region and our country. Research by the University of Chicago economist James J. Heckman, a Nobel laureate, points to a 7-10% annual return on investment in high-quality preschool education for our children. Local data from Cincinnati Public School preschool and quality-rated child care centers consistently show positive effects on kindergarten readiness and third-grade reading, both significant predictors of future success in school and in life. For these reasons, business and community leaders around Greater Cincinnati, along with Ohio Governor John Kasich and President Barack Obama, are coming together to support quality early childhood education.
I believe that every child should have access to quality preschool. I know that children who receive two years of quality preschool enter kindergarten ready to learn, are more likely to read on grade level in the third grade and have a higher likelihood of graduating from high school and entering college or a career. I pledge to support the Cincinnati Preschool Promise because every child deserves a fair start.
The Cincinnati Preschool Promise is an initiative of: United Way's Success By 6®, The Strive Partnership, a team from Leadership Cincinnati Class 36 and many business and community leaders. For more information: facebook.com/PreschoolPromise