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4C for Children Board of Trustees Endorses Levy

September 26, 2016

CPS FOR 44

At its September meeting, the 4C for Children Board of Trustees voted unanimously to endorse the joint levy venture between Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) and Cincinnati Preschool Promise.

The levy—Issue 44—is a five-year, 7.93-mill levy to support k-12 education at CPS and preschool expansion throughout the city. Of the total $48 million raised each year, $15 million would be set aside for preschool expansion while the balance would support CPS' k-12 efforts.

"The 4C Board recognizes that providing increased access to preschool is paramount to not only the future success of our children but to creating a strong community and workforce," says Emerson Moser, chair of the 4C Board of Trustees. "4C works to help children have the best start possible in school and in life, and preschool expansion is key to this mission."

4C joins a cross section of more than 30 community groups that have endorsed the levy such as the AFL-CIO Labor Council, the AMOS project, Cincinnati Early Learning Centers, Inc. and Parents for Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati.

"Every day at 4C for Children we see how the investment in early childhood education changes lives," says Vanessa Freytag, 4C president/CEO. "We are delighted that funding from this levy will include helping community child care providers deepen the early childhood education components in their programs to ensure children are kindergarten ready. In addition, the tuition credits that the levy will provide for low-income families opens the door for vulnerable children in our community to access quality early education to prepare them for kindergarten.

"We are excited to work with child care providers as we move towards a community vision that ensures every child gets the best educational start in life!"