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May 14, 2013

Plain Dealer: Increase Early Childhood Education Funding

Rob Fischer

Ohio needs to increase funding for early childhood education, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer opinion article "Ohio can and should beef up funding for early-childhood education" posted on May 11, 2013. The writer supports his argument with data from a report released by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development in April evaluating Cuyahoga County's Invest in Children. "The fact is that preschool is delivering children far better prepared to engage school is a huge positive outcome," said Center Co-Director Robert Fischer. "This report confirms that."

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Working with Invest in Children and evaluating five years of data, the Poverty Center determined that Cleveland school children who had a quality preschool education scored significantly higher on kindergarten readiness tests in literacy and numbers compared to those students without preschool training.

Rebekah Dorman, Director of Invest in Children, was also quoted in the opinion piece: "If people don't think it's meaningful, then why do all the people who read The Wall Street Journal jockey to get their kids into the best preschools? Everyone has their part to play in a child's life. And you don't want to deliver children to school who are already so far behind that it's a higher mountain for the kindergarten teacher to climb."

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is a research center at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University.