The First 2000 Days: Quality Pre-K

Research indicates that 90% of a child’s brain connections are formed in the first five years of life, setting the stage for all future academic, social, and school success. And studies show that children who attend quality pre-schools go on to have better test scores, higher graduation rates, better emotional development, and better ability to self-regulate their behavior. But what does a high-quality Pre-K program look like? How can parents tell one from another? Are there enough qualified Pre-K teachers and are they fairly compensated? Which neighborhoods in Northeast Ohio are well supplied with quality Pre-K and which are not? What does good Pre-K cost and what resources are available to families that can’t afford it? These are the questions guiding the next episode of Cleveland Connects, a forum series sponsored by PNC Bank and presented by ideastream, and the Plain Dealer.

Join us for Cleveland Connects - The First 2000 Days: Quality Pre-K, as Eboni Howard, Ph.D, Managing Researcher and Early Childhood Specialist at the American Institutes of Research, gives the keynote speech and Mike McIntyre, host of The Sound of Ideas and columnist for the Plain Dealer, leads a panel discussion.

This event continues and expands our year-long coverage on  90.3 WCPN and WVIZ/PBS ideastream,, and the Plain Dealer, exploring the science, best practices and economics of early childhood education.

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