Committee wants free, quality preschool education for kids


CAMPBELL GUILTY OF FIVE CHARGES. CAMPBELL SEXUALLY ABUSED THE GIRL AT A FOLLOWING PARTY IN OCTOBER. NO WORD ON WHEN CAMPBELL WILL BE SENTENCED. SHEREE: BY THE END OF THE YEAR, LEADERS WILL DECIDE HOW TO PAY FOR THE PRESCHOOL PROMISE THAT WOULD MAKE TWO YEARS OF EARLY EDUCATION AVAILABLE TO ALL THREE AND FOUR-YEAR-OLDS. THE QUESTION STILL LINGER. JOHN LONDON IS LIVE WITH SOME OF THOSE QUESTIONS THAT REMAIN. JOHN: AMONG THE BIG QUESTION STARTING COUNTYWIDE OR KEEPING IT WITHIN CINCINNATI. DO YOU CREATE A HYBRID? THE COALITION OF THE DENNIS WORK TODAY WILL TACKLE THOSE QUESTIONS AND OTHERS, BUT FIRST, A WANT YOU TO SEE WHAT — THEY HAVE IN MIND. THIS TYPIFIES WHAT PRESCHOOL PROMISE PEOPLE ENVISION. CINDY’S ORANGE ROOM FOR 3, 4 AND FIVE YEAR OLDS. THEY ARE LEARNING THE ALPHABET, READING. THEY ARE LEARNING COMPREHENSION. JOHN: WITHOUT THIS PROGRAM, THEIR LEARNING ENVIRONMENT WOULD BE DELAYED. THIS KID I TUTORED HIM FOR FREE. JOHN: SHE TALKS ABOUT A SECOND GRADER WHO BARELY READS. THE ONLY WAY THAT THEY WOULD PROVIDE TUTORING FOR HIM IS THAT THE MOM WITH THREE KIDS, IF SHE PAID FOR TUTORING. WHO CAN AFFORD THAT? JOHN: WE MUST MAKE A DIFFERENCE, SHE TELLS US. SOME AREA LEADERS WANT TO TAKE THE THE SUCCESS THEY SEE AND REPLICATED CITYWIDE AT A MINIMUM BUT THE COMMITTEE OF 35 HAS BEEN FORMED TO DECIDE HOW TO PAY FOR THIS. THE ESTIMATED COST — $16 MILLION IN THE CITY AND $36 MILLION OF COUNTYWIDE. THERE WOULD BE SOME SORT OF TAX INCREASE PRESENTED TO VOTERS IN NOVEMBER NEXT YEAR. WE HAVE GOT TO DO MORE TO CHANGE THE LIVES OF THE KIDS IN THIS CITY WHO ARE STRUGGLING. JOHN: UNITED WAY INVEST $12 MILLION ANNUALLY. EVEN SO, CINCINNATI RANKS SECOND NATIONALLY IN CHILDHOOD POVERTY. MANY PARENTS CANNOT AFFORD CHILDCARE. YOU HAVE PARENTS THAT ARE SOMETIMES WORKING TWO, THREE JOBS. GOING TO SCHOOL. AND THEY DO NOT HAVE A LOT OF TIME TO TEACH THE KIDS. JOHN: THEY GET ENCOURAGEMENT HERE. IT’S LIKE A BOOSTER SHOT OF SELF-ESTEEM. WE HAVE TO MAKE IT FUN. IN ORDER FOR THEM TO LEARN IT. JOHN: THAT YMCA TEACHER HAS BEEN ADDED FOR 39 YEARS. UNIVERSAL PRESCHOOL WOULD NOT BE FREE BUT AVAILABLE TO ALL.

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