A University of Cincinnati study suggests Cincinnati could save $48 million if its Preschool Promise plan is successful.
The UC Economics Center report finds the economic benefit per three-year-old class could be as large as $69.1 million if all students enrolled in the plan. However, it says similar programs in other cities usually have about 70 percent participation - leading to the $48.4 million estimate.
Business and Community leaders are coming together to launch a city-wide initiative to get more - if not all- kids in pre-school.
Studies show children who attend pre-school do better in school and in life. Advocates point out nearly 90 percent of a child's brain is developed before age five but kids typically enter kindergarten at age six.