Superintendent's Office
Office of the Superintendent
Barberton City Schools
479 Norton Avenue
Barberton, Ohio 44203

Mrs. Patricia Cleary
Phone: (330) 753-1025
Fax Line: (330) 848-0884

Mrs. Kelly Garrett
Administrative Assistant, Superintendent
Phone: (330) 753-1025 ext 13124
Fax Line: (330) 848-0884
Superintendent's Message Archives
Superintendent's Message
August 2016

Updates from Barberton Schools

The Importance of Preschool
Is it really necessary for a child to go to preschool? Experts in child development are pointing to clear evidence that early childhood education is important. James J. Heckman, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and a Nobel Laureate in Economics, says that early childhood development drives success later in life. “A critical time to shape productivity is from birth to age five, when the brain develops rapidly to build the foundation of cognitive and character skills necessary for success in school, health, career and life. Early childhood education fosters cognitive skills along with attentiveness, motivation, self-control and sociability – the character skills that turn knowledge into know-how and people into productive citizens.”
Chris Quinn, Northeast Ohio Media Group vice president of content, as quoted on says, “The research is pretty clear that an investment in those [first] five years pays big dividends for taxpayers a few years down the road when children do not have to be held back a grade in school, don’t require expensive special education programs, avoid costly health issues and, as adults, stay off unemployment rolls.”
A recent research study shows that at-risk students who participate in half-day public preschool were “less likely to have been held back, need remedial help or have been arrested. The estimated return on investment was $7 for every dollar invested.” (Heckman)
We have wonderful preschools in Barberton, but not enough children are enrolling. According to census data from 2015, only 36% of four year olds in Barberton attended preschool. The average for Summit County is 51%. The schools are working this year with other community partners in Barberton and Summit County to bring more high-quality preschool opportunities to Barberton families.
If you have children or grandchildren between the ages of three to five, please consider enrolling them in an area preschool. Barberton Head Start is free to financially eligible students and works on a sliding scale for families that earn a higher income. You can contact them at 330-780-3208. An investment in early childhood education is certainly an investment that will reap rewards for not only individual children, but for the whole community.

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