Invest in Children: is a community-wide, public/private partnership administered by the Cuyahoga County Office of Early Childhood. The Partnership is comprised of individuals, private organizations, including government agencies, community-based service providers, and philanthropic and private organizations, all working together to help increase the development, funding, visibility, and impact of early childhood services in Cuyahoga County. Universal Pre-Kindergarten is administered by Invest in children.
Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK): is an award-winning initiative to help preschool children have access to high-quality prekindergarten programs. UPK provides additional funding, training, and technical assistance to high-quality rated programs that serve families up to 400% of the poverty level.
Head Start/Early Head Start: is a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides comprehensive early childhood education, prenatal, infant and toddler education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. The program’s services and resources are designed to foster stable family relationships, enhance children’s physical and emotional well-being, and establish an environment to develop strong cognitive skills. Head Start originated in 1965 and is the longest-running educational grant.
This program is made possible by a grant from the Learning Coalition through the U.S Department of Health and Human Services.
The Early Childhood Education Grant: provides high-quality preschool services to eligible children in order to prepare children for success in kindergarten. The state-funded grant is awarded to preschool programs who are required to provide comprehensive services that support a child’s growth and learning using developmentally appropriate practices. Ohio’s General Assembly demonstrated the state’s commitment to investing in early learning preschool services when the governor signed into law House Bill 49. Ohio currently allocates $73 million annually to the state’s investment in high-quality preschool. In order to best support school readiness, the funds are awarded to existing high-quality early learning programs within high-needs areas of the state.
PRE4CLE: is a plan to ensure all 3- and 4-year-old children in Cleveland have access to a high-quality preschool by:
- Increasing the number of high-quality preschools in Cleveland
- Helping preschool providers improve their quality rating
- Connecting families to quality preschool programs
When PRE4CLE began, only 16% of Cleveland’s children entering kindergarten are fully prepared for success (Ohio’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment results, 2013). Indisputable research shows a significant return on investment (ROI) in high-quality early education in the form of reduced remedial education costs, increased school readiness, and reduced dependents on social supports during adulthood. Children who participate in high-quality preschool programs are far more likely to experience greater educational achievements and strive toward higher career goals, contributing to their community as they grow. Catholic Charities Early Learning Programs high-quality preschools have been designated Pre4Cle programs since its inception.