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PRE4CLE salutes more "early adopters"

PRE4CLE honored 16 more preschool centers Thursday for joining its campaign to make high-quality preschool more accessible to District families.

The network, a partnership between CMSD and private preschool providers, held its second Early Adopters Induction Ceremony at Marigold Catering on Lakeside Avenue.

PRE4CLE was formed last year and now serves 4,107 children at 106 sites. More than half of those sites are at CMSD schools.

The newest early adopters are the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland’s Bellaire Head Start, CEOGC Earle B. Turner Head Start, Horizon Child Development Center, Horizon Education Centers-Tremont, Lexington Bell Early Learning Center, Maribel Guerra-Family Child Care Home, CEOGC Outhwaite Head Start, Precious Beginnings –Ericka Elmore-Family Child Care Home, CEOGC Puritas Head Start, Salvation Army Ohio City, Sister J’s Child Enrichment Program-Joanna Adams-Family Child Care Home, CEOGC Union Miles Head Start, CEOGC Villa Head Start and three CMSD schools that added preschool this year: Marion C. Seltzer, Miles Park and Willow.

The ceremony Thursday also honored the first five District schools to earn a top five-star ranking on the state’s Step Up to Quality rating system. Those schools include Adlai J. Stevenson, Andrew J. Rickoff, Anton Grdina, Charles Mooney, Memorial and Tremont Montessori.

Broader access to high-quality preschool is among the many strategies in The Cleveland Plan, a customized blueprint for education reform in the city. President Obama hailed in the community effort last December during a White House Summit on Early Childhood Education.