'Our city will make critical decisions about Universal Preschool in the next few weeks. Lift your voice by joining AMOS on April 10th at 5 PM at New Prospect Baptist Church, 1580 Summit, 45237.
For the past 18 months, AMOS has worked diligently and engaged with congregations and the people of Cincinnati to make sure our voices would help shape universal preschool in our community. With your help, we crafted a Peoples Platform for Universal Preschool that expresses four key tenets: Respect Every Child, Racial Equity, Only Good Jobs, and Family Voices at the Center.
In the Biblical book of Esther, Mordecai challenged his niece Esther that perhaps she had been put in a position of influence "for such a time as this," and she responded courageously in the moment for her people.
The hard work of AMOS and so many others in our community has perhaps prepared us for "such a time as this." It is decision time for AMOS and for our city. As many of you know, the board of AMOS has actively advocated for an increase in the city's earnings tax to fund free preschool for any child whose family makes less than two times the federal poverty line.
Recently members of the Cincinnati Business Committee and leaders with Cincinnati Public Schools have suggested an alternative plan that would involve a property tax levy that would be shared between the school district and Preschool Promise.
Given the urgency of the moment, and our commitment to be an organization that is grounded in the voices and passion of our people, we urge you to join AMOS for a public meeting on Sunday, April 10th at 5 PM at New Prospect Baptist Church, 1580 Summit, Cincinnati, 45237. We are inviting business leaders, representatives of Cincinnati Public Schools, and leaders of Preschool Promise to join us so we can hear their plans and decide how we want to proceed.
Please indicate that you will be joining us by registering at Amos Preschool Meeting or http://action.ohorganizing.org/page/s/preschool-promise-public-meeting
We need your input and perspective as we enter Decision Time for the children, families, and neighborhoods of our city.
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