Cuyahoga County Invest in Children Pre-K Program


  • 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.


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