Some of those children attend private preschools or federally funded Head Start programs, said Steve Votaw, executive director of Learn4Life.
"We don't know the exact number of children who go from a pre-K experience into a Columbus City Schools kindergarten," Votaw
But based on interviews with parents, Votaw estimates about half of Columbus children get pre-K now.
Some aren't getting quality pre-K instruction, but something more like day care, he
That could mean about 2,750 new pre-K seats would be needed to close the gap
by 2020, when it would cost $21 million to $24 million a year, excluding facilities.
"I don't think there was a real thought-out plan on how to fund it," Votaw