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Dayton Schools, Children, Inc. Team Up for New Preschool

A blended preschool program is coming to the Dayton Independent School District in August thanks to a partnership with Covington-based Children, Inc.

Dayton Schools provides a teacher for half of the day during the school year (Monday-Thursday) and Children, Inc. provides a credentialed teacher to assist. After the half day, the Children, Inc. teacher stays with the children to extend the preschool program to full day. Another credentialed Children, Inc. teacher joins them to maintain a low teacher-to-child ratio and to ensure personal learning for the children.  

The entire program takes place on-site at Lincoln Elementary and also offers extended hours (7 a.m. - 6 p.m.) to accommodate working families.

The ability to extend the preschool day for children in the City of Dayton has long been on Dayton Schools Superintendent Jay Brewer’s mind. 

“We are excited to bring a proven leader in early childhood education to the community of Dayton,” Brewer said in a news release. “Our partnership with Children, Inc. will allow us to grow our early childhood program.  It is imperative to the success of our students that they have excellent early childhood learning experiences and this is tremendous step forward.”

For Children, Inc., a longtime provider of pre-Kindergarten care in various settings throughout Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, the model is a new way to partner with schools to promote kindergarten readiness and school success. “This partnership tells families in Dayton that Superintendent Brewer is serious about a quality early learning experience for its young children,” Executive Director Rick Hulefeld said in a statement. “More time spent in preschool means a much greater chance to be successful in school, and Children, Inc. is happy to share this program with Dayton Schools.”

-Staff report

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