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Last November, Cincinnati voters approved a $48 million levy for Cincinnati Public Schools, part of which will be used to increase access to quality preschool. When the first classes start in August, an additional 2,000 Cincinnati three-  and four-year-olds will start attending subsidized preschool as part of the expansion program. The goal is 6,000 children in five years.

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Within a few weeks, the group working on a plan to provide voluntary, universal preschool in the region could have a plan for a tax levy to go on the November ballot.  

But what type of levy and whether it would be run in Hamilton County or just Cincinnati are still being decided.  

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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.

The Cincinnati Preschool Promise aims to be a public/private partnership.