Preschool Promise

Your help is needed for an initiative that is important to the future of our city and our children - The Preschool Promise.

In 2014, I launched the City of Learners campaign in cooperation with many community partners, to focus on providing Dayton children with a quality education. Through this campaign, the community identified the high-priority need to expand high-quality preschools.

The evidence is overwhelming that too few of our children are "kindergarten-ready," and, as a result, many will struggle to succeed in school. In fact, only 20% of Dayton children are fully prepared to start school as measured by their scores on Ohio's mandated kindergarten readiness test.
In conjunction with other government leaders and educational institutions, we have been working to adopt a Preschool Promise that would provide for more of our children to have an opportunity to attend affordable, high-quality preschools.

By making the Preschool Power Pledge, we as parents and citizens can illustrate how critical it is to ensure that children start school with the foundation they need to succeed in life. You can also download and share the Learn to Earn fact sheet (PDF) and pledge form (PDF) to help inform and involve your friends and neighbors.

Today's children are tomorrow's workforce, and we need our children to start school strong! Thank you for supporting this very important community effort.

- Mayor Nan Whaley