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The Power of Preschool Premiering on ThinkTV16

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November 11, 2015

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The Power of Preschool Premiering on ThinkTV16

Is universal preschool a possibility in greater Dayton?

Dayton, Ohio…Can access to quality preschool make a difference in the life of a child or the future of a community?

Marsha Bonhart hosts The Power of Preschool, a look at the concept of universal preschool, how other cities have successfully mounted initiatives, and what a Preschool Promise program could look like in the Dayton region.

The Power of Preschool premieres Thursday, November 19 at 8pm on ThinkTV16 with a simulcast online live-stream at Information about the documentary is available online using the live-stream address.

Community leaders and experts in the field of early education discuss the importance of access to quality preschool. Guests for the discussion include: Mindy Cline, Principal of Primary Village North; Michael Colbert, Montgomery County Assistant Administrator for Development Services; Bob Curry, Partner, Thompson Hine; Dr, Thomas Lasley, Executive Director, Learn to Earn;  Debbie Lieberman, Montgomery County Commissioner; Dr. Alonzo Patterson, Pediatrician, PriMed Physicians; Jim Spurlino, President and Owner, Spurlino Materials; Dr. Richard Stock, Business Research Group, University of Dayton and Reverend Vanessa Ward, Omega Baptist Church.  The program also features Jennifer Landrum, President and CEO of the Denver Preschool Program.

“We’re pleased to be able to bring part of this exciting conversation to our community, as our business and local leaders are increasingly seeing the connection between Kindergarten readiness and the long-term economic future of our region,” said Gloria Skurski, ThinkTV Chief Content Officer and Director of Education.

Included in The Preschool Promise are excerpts from an upcoming documentary series, The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation




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