Cuyahoga County Invest in Children Pre-K Program

Expansion

  • Public Pre-K

Cuyahoga County, OH, Ohio

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

Cuyahoga County Office of Early Childhood 

Case Western Reserve University – Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development

North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation