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Community Newsletter

May 2021

During this Teacher Appreciation Week, we say “Thank You” to all of the amazing teachers supporting our young learners. The Dayton community is lucky to have such passionate early childhood educators supporting our children and families.

It’s time! Families can start joining Preschool Promise now for the 2021-22 school year! Families with a 4-year-old can choose from 100 partner sites in Dayton, Jefferson Twp., Kettering, Mad River, Northridge, Trotwood-Madison and West Carrollton.
Why join Preschool Promise?
  • Children receive a FREE Book-of-the-Month and a FREE monthly Play Box to keep them learning at home.
  • If a family’s Preschool is not already free, they can receive tuition assistance.
  • Families get weekly text messages and a monthly post card with fun Kindergarten readiness tips.
  • Families living in Dayton or the Dayton Public School District are eligible for STAR Attendance financial rewards
And there’s more! To join click here.
Families must live in Montgomery County and their child must turn 4 by September 30, 2021, or the Kindergarten cut-off date in their school district to receive all of Preschool Promise’s benefits. If a child is not yet 4, families still can join the Preschool Promise family and will receive partial benefits!

Robyn Lightcap
Executive Director

Get Jorrge's tacos TODAY on us!

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We’re celebrating Cinco De Mayo and sharing FREE Jorrge’s tacos and FREE books at Kiser Elementary School this afternoon. Join us today from 4:45 p.m.-6:45 p.m. at 1401 Leo Street, Dayton, 45404. We’ll be taking questions and signing up families for the 2021-22 school year!

Our April Play Box was really groovy

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April’s free Play Box was all about Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, by Eric Litwin.

Children were encouraged to practice their fine motor skills by threading and sewing buttons on a paper coat, and they learned how to create patterns using buttons from their Play Box. Watch Mrs. Hertia lead the kiddos in these activities and a fun sing-along!
We’re mailing Play Boxes to over 1,400 children each month!

Watch the April video and see what all the fun is about on our website, on our Facebook page or YouTube Channel.

Preschool Promise students are still using their tablets

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When many child care and early learning programs closed because of COVID-19 or families weren’t ready to send their children to in-person learning, we created Preschool Promise PLUS. All Montgomery County families with a 4-year-old could join — even if their child wasn’t enrolled at a Preschool.
To ensure children could learn at home, we provided over 1,300 free tablets loaded with the popular learning app ABC Mouse as part of this initiative. Children are averaging 80 minutes/week on educational apps.

COVID-19 didn't stop great work

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So far this school year, Preschool Promise has awarded over $175,000 to participating Preschools to improve their programming. Providers may apply for “Quality Dollars” for everything from curriculum to training and coaching to classroom equipment.
Thanks to our virtual professional development opportunities, 350 early learning educators were able to keep improving their skills in workshops, year-long professional learning communities and “X-treme” trainings. We were proud to reward them with over $60,000 in stipends for their commitment to continuing education.

Click here to join the Preschool Promise family so your child can start receiving benefits.
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