PRE4CLE Shows Year One Success in Its First Annual Report

PRE4CLE released its first annual report yesterday showing that Cleveland has made major strides toward expanding access to high-quality preschool for all of its children after just one year of implementation.

ACS’ deep knowledge in early childhood issues across the country, as well as expertise in facilitation, communication, advocacy, and strategy development, helped guide Cleveland, Ohio’s plan for preschool, PRE4CLE. This roadmap is directing the City of Cleveland towards the implementation of a voluntary universal preschool program for all three- and four-year-olds throughout the city. The ACS team led and facilitated nine separate working groups, consisting of a total of more than 60 participants, to delve deeply into aspects ranging from finance, to teacher quality and transportation. Once the PRE4CLE plan was approved, ACS led, developed and implemented a multi-faceted communication plan, including media relations, website content development, social media strategy, and development of print collateral materials to help PRE4CLE reach its target audiences with the right message, vehicle, and outreach strategy.

After PRE4CLE’s first year, enrollment has grown by 10 percent with over 1,200 additional children enrolled in high-quality preschools; 80 percent of children in high-quality PRE4CLE classrooms are on track to be ready for kindergarten. Twenty-one preschool programs were newly-rated as high-quality, serving 750 additional students. ACS helped PRE4CLE share their success story through a national media pitch, including EdWeek, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post.

If you want to know more about how PRE4CLE realized such success after just one year, contact ACS at

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