June 2021 - Quarterly Highlights
In spite of the challenges from COVID-19, we finished the 2020-21 school year with 1,800 children enrolled in Preschool Promise! Thank you to all the early educators who stayed on the job, kept children safe and learning and
provided critical support to families during this unprecedented time.
In May, we began enrolling new families for the upcoming school year! Montgomery County 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. Because of generous funding from Montgomery County, this will be our first year in West Carrollton!
Thanks to support from the City of Dayton, this school year we’ll also be able to enroll 3-year-olds — not just 4-year-olds — whose families live in the City of Dayton or reside in the Dayton Public School District boundaries. The earlier we foster children’s learning, the more likely they’ll start Kindergarten on track.
Ohio’s recent budget debate turned incredibly frustrating when some lawmakers proposed eliminating Ohio’s Step Up to Quality Star-Rating system that helps support Preschools and early learning programs serving children experiencing poverty. We are immensely grateful to state Rep. Phil Plummer, who was instrumental in defeating that effort. That said, Step Up is still at risk. Watch for updates about how you can help support our under-funded and incredibly important early educators!
Help us continue to get the word out about Preschool Promise’s important benefits!
- Children receive a FREE Book-of-the-Month and a FREE monthly Play Box with fun educational activities.
- If a family’s Preschool is not already free, they can receive tuition assistance.
- Families get weekly text messages and a monthly postcard with fun Kindergarten readiness tips.
- Families living in Dayton or the Dayton Public School District are eligible for STAR Attendance financial rewards for strong attendance.
Robyn Lightcap, Executive Director