Preschool is extremely beneficial for the emotional, academic, and social development of young children. Children who attend pre-k are typically more prepared for school than those who do not. Toledo is the only major city in Ohio that does not have universal access to pre-k, leaving around 80% of our children unprepared when going to kindergarten. Now, the City of Toledo and ProMedica, along with TPS, Washington Local Schools, Toledo Community Foundation and the United Way of Greater Toledo, are working together to determine how Toledo can provide universal pre-k. As of now the pre-k program will focus on four-year-olds in Toledo, which will provide education to close to 4,000 children. An expected implementation date is set for September 2020.