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Cincinnati Preschool Promise launching a first-ever pitch night

Liz Engel, Cincinnati Business Courier |

Cincinnati Preschool Promise, which launched in 2016 as an effort to expand access to high-quality preschool in the city, on Monday announced an open submission process for entrepreneurs, local individuals, nonprofits and businesses.

The process will allow those parties to pitch ideas to “identify, fund and implement new products and services” that support the Cincinnati Preschool Promise mission.

Chara Fisher Jackson, executive director and CEO of Cincinnati Preschool Promise, said she’s looking forward to seeing what innovative and creative ideas the community can bring to the table.

“Pitch Night is the result of receiving so many ideas for products and programs,” she said in a release. “We are extending this opportunity more broadly.” Proposals should focus on at least one of four strategic focus areas, the group said in a release, and are due by 11:59 p.m. April 9.

The strategic areas include:

  • Kindergarten readiness — supporting preschoolers’ success in primary school
  • Improving community preschools — supporting community providers in reaching and maintaining Ohio’s high-quality ratings
  • Supporting early childhood education workforce — in recruitment, retention and equitable wages
  • Covid-19 recovery — addressing the challenges facing preschoolers, families and educators related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The criteria and application for participating in Pitch Night is available at www.cincy-promise.org.

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