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File #: 3102-2023    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 10/31/2023 In control: Education Committee
On agenda: 11/20/2023 Final action: 11/22/2023
Title: To authorize and direct the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Education to enter into contract with Agora Christian Services Inc dba Agora's Little Gems Learning and Childcare, which was selected via a competitive application process for educational services; to authorize the expenditure from ACPO009370 from the general fund; and to declare an emergency. ($0.00)
Mayor Ginther’s vision for Columbus, America’s Opportunity City, is to create access to high-quality pre-kindergarten education for every 4-year-old. Addressing early childhood learning means bringing awareness and resources to a critical learning stage in childhood development. Children who come to school ready to learn are more likely to succeed academically and in life.

Children who participate in high-quality pre-kindergarten experiences significantly improve their early literacy, language, and math skills. Ample evidence shows that children who enter school unprepared fall farther and farther behind. Students who get a poor start in their earliest years are likely to struggle in high school and, subsequently, fail to graduate.

The purpose of Early Start Columbus is to expand high-quality pre-kindergarten services through partnerships with Columbus City Schools and community-based providers. The providers partnering in the Early Start Columbus Program have all demonstrated their ability to provide a high-quality pre-kindergarten education. All partnering providers are rated at least three stars in the State’s Step Up To Quality rating and improvement system. Agora Christian Services Inc is a corporate non profit and the City does not provide educational services to pre-kindergarten aged children.

State law makes allowable the braiding of Ohio Department of Education Early Childhood Expansion funds with those of the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Service Publicly Funded Childcare program. The 2023-2024 Early Start Columbus Program combines the Mayor’s Office of Education funds with these funding streams to further extend the number of children served while using City funds more efficiently. This approach uses City funds as “last dollar” funding.
FISCAL IMPACT: This ordinance will use the funding from Ordinance 1931-2023. ACPO009370.
EMERGENCY DESIGNATION: Emergency designation is requested to ensure the contracts are enacted to meet ...

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