High-quality preschool has the power to change lives and provides a critical foundation for student success. That’s why when civic and business leaders in Montgomery County, Ohio learned that fewer than two out of five children entering kindergarten were truly ready, they decided to invest in increasing the number of children attending high-quality preschool in their area.
Championing the cause was Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman, who saw the impact of high-quality preschool firsthand for her own children. Relying on national data as well as local research into the long-lasting benefits of high-quality preschool, she and others are hard at work expanding a pilot program in Kettering, Ohio, to parts of Dayton, Ohio, with hopes to bring universal preschool to the whole of Montgomery County within 10 years, increasing the number of children enrolled from 600 to 2,250.
You can read more about Lieberman’s work in StriveTogether’s latest #ImpactAgent story, a campaign that aims to celebrate people and organizations who have changed the way they do business every day, based on data, to improve the lives of students from cradle to career.