**MEDIA ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY**
Cuyahoga County Sheriff and Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Chief to release report showing quality pre-k improving reading skills, increasing graduation rates while also reducing crime and prison costs
CLEVELAND, Aug. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday, August 16th, Cuyahoga County Sheriff Bob Reid and Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Chief Andres Gonzalez will visit the West Side Ecumenical preschool to read to a class of young children and express their support for quality pre-k as a major tool in helping children succeed in school and as a result preventing future crime.
In an effort to raise awareness about the educational and economic benefits of high quality pre-kindergarten, the law enforcement leaders will discuss a new research report showing that kids who attend high-quality early childhood education are more likely to develop key reading skills and graduate from high school on time. As a result, the children are less likely to engage in crime as adults. The report will note that quality early care and education can more than pay for itself over time largely because of much reduced prison costs.
WHO: Cuyahoga County Sheriff Bob Reid
Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Chief Andres Gonzalez
Cyndy Rees, State director of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Ohio
DATE: Thursday, August 16th, 2012
TIME: 10:30 a.m. EDT
WHERE: Youth and Family Learning Center at West Side Ecumenical Ministries
5209 Detroit Avenue
PH: 216-651-2037 Contact: Kathy Wasikowski.
VISUALS: Initial comments will be given in the school gymnasium followed by law enforcement reading to preschool age students in a classroom. Media will have permission to photograph the children.
SOURCE Fight Crime: Invest in Kids