KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – The Kettering School District is offering preschool at no costs to 75 families that qualify.
It announced the Kettering Preschool Promise Friday.
The pilot program allows children from low-income families to attend preschool at no cost to ensure that the children are prepared to enter kindergarten.
Research suggests that children who attend preschool are better prepared for kindergarten. They go on to perform better on 3rd grade reading tests as well.
Montgomery County is among communities across the country that are studying how to make voluntary preschool available to all children.
Financial support is available to Kettering families who earn under $47,700 for a family of four.
The district says the preschool must be considered a high-quality school with a 3, 4 or 5 star rating from the State of Ohio.
The district says about 200 4-year-olds in Kettering do not attend preschool. It says about 40 percent of those kids are eligible for the Preschool Promise.
The following preschools are providers for the Kettering Preschool Promise:
- Beavertown Elementary, 2700 Wilmington Avenue
- Creative World of Learning, 2100 Hewitt Avenue
- Miami Valley Child Development Center/Moraine Meadows Head Start, 2600 Holman Street
- Wenzler Daycare and Learning Center, 4535 Presidential Way
Visit the Learn to Earn web site for more information.