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'The Power of Preschool: Cincinnati' to Focus on the Importance of Early Education

February 24, 2016

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Can access to quality preschool make a difference in the life of a child or the future of a community?

Clyde Gray hosts The Power of Preschool: Cincinnati, a look at the concept of universal preschool, how other cities have successfully mounted initiatives, and what a Preschool Promise program could look like in Cincinnati. The Power of Preschool: Cincinnati will air at 9 p.m. Thursday, March 3, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 27, on CET.

During the program, local experts and community leaders in the field of early education discuss the importance of quality preschool. Guests include Dr. O’dell Owens, medical director at the Cincinnati Health Department; John Pepper, former CEO of P&G; David Mann, Cincinnati council member and vice mayor; and Stephanie Byrd, executive director of United Way’s Success by 6® and executive director of The Preschool Promise.

The Power of Preschool: Cincinnati will also include Dr. Lynn Karoly, a senior economist with the RAND Corporation which is currently engaged in a study of the Cincinnati community.

“Children who attend quality preschools are better prepared to achieve full and successful lives,” says Vanessa Freytag, president/CEO of 4C for Children and member of the Cincinnati Preschool Promise Steering Committee. “When children enter kindergarten ready to learn they, along with their families, our school systems and the greater community, are all positively impacted.”

The Power of Preschool: Cincinnati is being produced as part of CET’s American Graduate program—a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting designed to help more kids stay on the path to graduation.

“We’re pleased to be able to bring part of this exciting conversation to our community, as our business and local leaders are increasingly seeing the connection between kindergarten readiness and the long-term economic future of our region,” said Gloria Skurski, CET chief content officer and director of education.