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10 more preschool sites get top rating

Ten more CMSD preschool sites have received the state's top rating for quality.
The schools include Artemus Ward, Bolton, Charles W. Eliot, Clara E. Westropp, H. Barbara Booker, Luis Muñoz Marin, Riverside, Wade Park, Warner Girls' Leadership Academy and Wilbur Wright. All received the maximum five stars possible under Ohio's Step Up To Quality rating system.
CMSD's preschool sites are gradually applying to be rated under the voluntary program. So far, 36 of 61 have been rated at five stars.
The Cleveland Plan, a state-approved blueprint for education reform, calls for making high-quality preschool available to all of the city's 3- and 4-year-olds.
The PRE4CLE network, a partnership between CMSD and private providers, has helped to increase the number of Cleveland children in high-quality preschool by 50 percent since being launched in 2014, according to an annual report released this month. As of December, 4,277 Cleveland children attended preschools rated as high-quality, defined as those receiving three or more stars from the state.