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Cincinnati is nearly 4,000 high-quality preschool seats short of potential demand

August 31, 2016
Bob Driehaus
WCPO Cincinnati

Backers of near-universal preschool in Cincinnati would need to create as many as 3,900 new quality seats to serve the city’s preschool population if the school levy passes in November.

That leaves Cincinnati Public Schools and the many private providers a huge gap to fill to serve all the families who opt for one or two years of preschool for their children, according to a study undertaken by Rand Corp.

An analysis of the current preschool system in the city found that just 45 percent of preschool slots — about 3,270 – were in preschools that earned three stars or higher on Ohio’s Step Up To Quality scale.