State Senator Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and state Reps. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) and Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today announced a number of preschools offering quality, early childhood education programs in the Greater Akron area have open slots available at free or reduced cost.

Akron City School District, Springfield Local Schools and Akron’s Kids Play Child Care Learning Centers all have open slots for children, age three to four.

“Studies show that high-quality early childhood education is linked to higher lifetime income, better health and higher educational attainment,” said Sen. Sykes. “These open slots are a great opportunity to ensure children in Akron thrive. I hope parents will take advantage of them.”

“Pre-school provides an important foundation of early childhood development that can help your child succeed throughout their education,” said Rep. Sykes.

“Early childhood education is too important to the future of Akron for these spots to go unfilled,” said Rep. Galonski.

The announcement is part of the Akron lawmakers’ efforts to raise awareness on the importance and benefits of early childhood education.

Parents interested in receiving more information and in enrolling their children can contact Akron City School District’s Early Learning Program at (330)-873-3396 and

Springfield Local Schools can be reached at (330)-798-1006, while Kids Play Child Care Learning Centers can be reached at (330)-253-2373. 

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