Provider Applications Now Available

Applications are now being accepted for preschool providers seeking to participate in the Cincinnati Preschool Promise. Providers may be eligible to receive Tuition Assistance reimbursements or Quality Improvement supports.

The two options for provider participation depends on the preschool’s “Step Up To Quality one to five star rating, as administered by the state of Ohio.

  • Tuition Assistance reimbursements for qualifying students are for 3-5 star rated providers.
  • Quality Improvement supports are for unrated and 1-2 star rated providers with a goal to get to and maintain 3-5 stars.

To apply, a provider must be located within the Cincinnati Public School district boundary, complete an application and comply with reporting and other requirements.

“Quality preschool is one of the best strategies to help children get off to a good start and succeed in school and in life. I encourage community and home-based providers to consider applying to participate in Preschool Promise,” said Stephanie Byrd, Senior Vice President, Early Learning Strategies, United Way of Greater Cincinnati and Interim Executive Director, Cincinnati Preschool Promise. “Our goal is to expand access to quality preschool education so that more Cincinnati children are ready for success in kindergarten.”

Tuition Assistance applications for parents are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

For more information, visit the Providers page  or call 447-4CPP.


Cincinnati Preschool Promise is a non-profit organization which will expand access to quality preschools in Cincinnati. Preschool expansion is made possible thanks to a significant investment from taxpayers who approved a 5-year Cincinnati Public Schools levy in 2016. The levy includes $33 million a year to strengthen K-12 education and $15 million a year to expand access to quality preschool. Cincinnati Public Schools will utilize expansion funds for preschool tuition assistance at CPS preschools and Preschool Promise will utilize expansion funds for tuition assistance and quality improvement supports at community-based preschools.

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