Building Blocks for Expanding High-Quality Preschool
Dec 12, 2016
The goal of this report is to document the results of an interrelated set of research activities designed to document current access to high-quality preschool programs in Cincinnati, Ohio, for three- and four-year-olds and to examine the costs and benefits of policy options for making publicly funded, high-quality early learning programs more widely available on a targeted or universal basis.
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Cincinnati, Ohio, is considering a locally driven, expanded investment in high-quality preschool. Local policymakers and the public recognize that current federal and state funds that subsidize preschool are not sufficient to allow all income-eligible children to attend. City-led initiatives are thus designed to fill the funding gap.
The Cincinnati Preschool Promise seeks to improve school readiness by expanding public funding for high-quality preschool programs that public and private providers deliver, especially for lower-income children. In partnership with Cincinnati's education, philanthropic, and business communities, the Preschool Promise determined that embarking on a path toward an expanded investment in high-quality preschool requires careful consideration of the underlying need for high-quality early learning opportunities; the supply of and capacity to expand spaces in high-quality early learning programs; existing public and private resources in the community to plan for, finance, and deliver a high-quality early learning system; and the various design options for expanding access to quality programs.
Within this context, the goal of this report is to document the results of an interrelated set of research activities designed to document current access to high-quality preschool programs in Cincinnati for three- and four-year-olds and to examine the costs and benefits of policy options for making publicly funded, high-quality early learning programs more widely available on a targeted or universal basis.
Preschool Landscape in Cincinnati
Stakeholder Perspectives on Preschool in Cincinnati
Preschool Models from Other U.S. Cities
Modeling Preschool Policy Options for Cincinnati
Conclusions and Implications
Sources of Data on Provider Supply
Key Informant Interview Protocol
Sources for Comparison Cities
Additional Documentation for Financial and Economic Analyses
The research described in this report was prepared for Cincinnati Business Committee and United Way of Greater Cincinnati and conducted by RAND Education and RAND Labor and Population.
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