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Cuyahoga County Invest in Children Pre-K Program
In 2007, Cuyahoga County's broader Invest in Children effort created the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program, targeting children aged 3-5. With funding from public and private sources, this initiative focuses on making early childhood education accessible through scholarships that are provided based on family need. In 2017, it received $10 million from County Executive in addition to the annual budget of $4.7 million as well as $12 million from its private fundraising campaign to expand the program. The county plans to expand the program until 70-75% of eligible 3- to 5-year-olds are enrolled in prekindergarten. As of 2024, the program has created roughly 3,000 child care slots in Cuyahoga County. Sources: Cuyahoga County Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). Invest in Children. Cuyahoga County Office of Early Childhood. (2008). Universal Pre-Kindergarten. Anthony, E., Rohrman, S., Cho, Y., Salas Atwell, M., & Fischer, R. (2020). Cuyahoga County’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program: Evaluating its Effects on Kindergarten Readiness and Third Grade Reading Proficiency. Case Western Reserve University Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation. (n.d.). Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
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    • Public Pre-K
    2007 $26.7 million
    In 2007, Cuyahoga County's broader Invest in Children effort created the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program, targeting children aged 3-5. With funding from public and private sources, this initiative focuses on making early childhood education accessible through scholarships that are provided based on family need. In 2017, it received $10 million from County Executive in addition to the annual budget of $4.7 million as well as $12 million from its private fundraising campaign to expand the program. The county plans to expand the program until 70-75% of eligible 3- to 5-year-olds are enrolled in prekindergarten. As of 2024, the program has created roughly 3,000 child care slots in Cuyahoga County. Sources: Cuyahoga County Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). Invest in Children. Cuyahoga County Office of Early Childhood. (2008). Universal Pre-Kindergarten. Anthony, E., Rohrman, S., Cho, Y., Salas Atwell, M., & Fischer, R. (2020). Cuyahoga County’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program: Evaluating its Effects on Kindergarten Readiness and Third Grade Reading Proficiency. Case Western Reserve University Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation. (n.d.). Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
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    County population

    1,233,088 Source U.S. Census Bureau, 2023

    Rural %

    0.06% Source City Population, 2020

    Urban %

    99.40% Source City Population, 2020

    Number of children age 0-4

    5.30% Source U.S. Census Bureau, 2023

    Children under 18 in families below poverty line

    16.60% Source U.S. Census Bureau, 2022

    Median household income

    $60,074 Source U.S. Census Bureau, 2022

    Unemployment rate

    4.70% Source U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, February 2024