The Cleveland Metropolitan School District has added 260 preschool seats this year as part of PRE4CLE—a new program aimed at helping Cleveland families find high-quality preschool services from both public schools and private providers. ideastream's David C. Barnett reports.
Director Katie Kelly said PRE4CLE isn't just about adding new seats, but also raising standards in existing classrooms so they can receive state certification as high-quality.
"The ongoing professional development and technical assistance, and other supports that we'll be providing to those providers are going to help get us towards not just adding new spaces, but also making the spaces that are currently available high-quality and higher-impact," she said.
PRE4CLE's goal for the next two years is to have enough high-quality preschool seats throughout the city to accommodate 70 percent of Cleveland's more than 5,000 four-year-olds, matching the national attendance rate for families with preschool-age children.