Preschool Promise Launches “Take the Pledge” Campaign

 

                                                             

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Preschool Promise Launches “Take the Pledge” Campaign

(August 6, 2015 – Cincinnati) -- The Cincinnati Preschool Promise has launched a “Take the Pledge” campaign to raise awareness about and support for two years of quality preschool for every child our community. Campaign volunteers will attend over 100 events, asking people to sign a pledge to support two years of quality preschool for all children with a goal of collecting 10,000 pledges by October. 

“The Cincinnati Preschool Promise has the potential to transform the lives of thousands of children and their families, and this is why we have so many passionate people eager to volunteer this summer and fall to keep building support for the effort,” said Stephanie Byrd, Executive Director of United Way’s Success by 6 ®. “We have had such an outpouring of interest, we recently opened an outreach office and hired a full-time organizer to support our volunteer efforts.”

Volunteers will attend major events including the Midpoint Music Festival and Lumenocity as well as canvass in neighborhood barbershops and beauty salons, at street fairs, neighborhood festivals, farmers’ markets and community councils. The Pledge can be signed online at www.4cforchildren.org

More than 5,000 people have already signed the Preschool Promise Pledge which states: 

I believe that every child should have access to quality preschool. I know that children who receive two years of quality preschool enter kindergarten ready to learn, are more likely to read on grade level in the third grade and have a higher likelihood of graduating from high school and entering college or a career. I pledge to support the Cincinnati Preschool Promise because every child deserves a fair start. 

Supporters can volunteer or pick up a yard sign at the campaign office, located at the Tryed Stone New Beginning Church in Bond Hill. Over 1,000 yard signs “Two Years of Quality Preschool for Every Child” yard signs will be distributed.

While grassroots outreach is in full-swing this summer, the Preschool Promise Steering Committee is working to finalize the initiative’s scope, funding and implementation plan. The Steering Committee will ultimately recommend a sustainable funding source – that will likely go before voters in November 2016 – to provide access to two years of high-quality preschool for all children in Cincinnati. The Steering Committee expects to complete its work within the next 8 months.

The Cincinnati Preschool Promise is supported by many partners including Leadership Cincinnati Classes 36 and 37, the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency, Faith Community Alliance, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./US Bank Foundation, The AMOS Project, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, StrivePartnership, 4C for Children, Crossroads Community Church and many others.  

For more information on the Cincinnati Preschool Promise visit askpreschoolpromise.org.

The Cincinnati Preschool Promise is an independent, community-driven initiative to ensure every child in Cincinnati has access to two years of quality preschool.  

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