An additional $10 million in funds for early childhood education will increase in the number of slots available in preschools around the state, according to information released by the Ohio Department of Education.
An estimated 2,450 students are expected to benefit from the money that will fund Early Childhood Education Expansion grants.
In southwestern Ohio, programs in Greene and Montgomery counties account for 8 percent of the state total number of slots and 7 percent of the grant money awarded. In Greene County, Xenia Community City was awarded $88,000 which will fund 22 slots. In Montgomery County, seven programs were awarded a combined total of $648,000 which will fund 162 slots.
“This program is providing funds for an additional 2,450 children to attend high quality preschools where they will get the education and care they need to become well prepared for kindergarten,” said Richard Ross, the state superintendent of public instruction. “We know in Ohio that if children are behind when they start school, it’s more likely they they will struggle academically in later grades. It’s critical that we prepare every young child for success in school.”
Programs that were awarded grants provide early education and family support services that are required by the state for early learning programs to be considered high quality.
These programs will be monitored during the school year by a quality rating and improvement system.