PRE4CLEOne of the top stories in the most recent edition from Fresh Water Cleveland focuses on how “PRE4CLE aims to close preschool gap” in Cleveland. The program is important as shown by analysis done by the Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development indicating only 2, 857 (or about 17.5 percent) of three- to five-year olds in the city were enrolled in high-quality preschool education in 2014.

PRE4CLE began in early 2014 with a goal to have and additional 2,000 four-year-olds enrolled in quality prekindergarten programs by 2016. As of May of this year, the initiative is more than half way to that goal with an additional 1,150 children enrolled.

As part of the PreK Task Force, the Poverty Center has conducted a needs assessment analysis on which neighborhoods and areas are in the most need of high-quality preschool.  Later this summer, the initiative will release a more comprehensive report that will include neighborhood-based data.

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