During his visit to Cleveland on October 28, HUD Secretary Julian Castro praised the efforts of PRE4CLE to expand affordable, accessible pre-K programs throughout the city, saying “Cleveland gets it.” Securing a visit from Secretary Castro was especially relevant, since he led the charge for another highly-praised universal pre-K effort in San Antonio, Texas, when he served as mayor there. Thanks to ACS, the event received coverage in the Plain Dealer and NPR ideastream, as well as an op-ed in the Plain Dealer by Paul Clark (the regional President of PNC Bank) that was picked up by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). Our team coordinated all the event logistics, including security protocols. We also coordinated messaging between PRE4CLE and White House staff, and invited, prepped and followed up with local media before, during and after the event.
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