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School Success Starts with High-Quality Preschool

Spring is here and that means that it’s time to enroll your 3- or 4-year-old in preschool! Preschool starts at three years old, and the more time your child spends in a high-quality early learning environment, the more prepared they will be for kindergarten and beyond! Be sure to enroll your child now so that they are ready to start on the first day of school and are set up for success.

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Research shows that ninety percent of a child’s brain is developed by the time a child is five years old, laying the foundation for all future academic, social, and emotional development. When young children have high-quality early learning experiences during this critical time of growth and development, everyone wins. When children participate in high-quality preschool programs they are significantly more likely to:

  • have better developed language skills and stronger social and emotional skills when they enter kindergarten;
  • meet third grade reading proficiency — a strong predictor of future school success;
  • require less special education and have lower rates of grade retention;
  • graduate from high school; and
  • pursue college or vocational training programs and have higher employment rates and overall lifetime earnings as adults.

Enrolling your child in a high-quality preschool is important, because high-quality preschools have all of the elements that help your child grow, including:

  • Environments that are fun, welcoming, safe and caring;
  • Staff and teachers who are well-trained and professional;
  • Research-based curriculum with lesson plans for each day’s activities;
  • Educational activities to prepare your child for kindergarten;
  • Creative and imaginative play to inspire a lifelong love of learning; and
  • Feedback about your child’s learning and progress.

Choosing and enrolling in preschool can be complicated, but PRE4CLE can help. Visit PRE4CLE.org/enroll to find resources to help you choose and enroll in a high-quality preschool.

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About PRE4CLE: PRE4CLE is a plan to ensure all 3- and 4-year-old children in Cleveland have access to high-quality preschool. PRE4CLE was created to fulfill a core objective of The Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools (The Cleveland Plan) and is led by the Cleveland Early Childhood Compact. For more information visit PRE4CLE.org.