Jarvis says she has the teachers for the Pop Up Preschool on wheels, but needs funding to convert the RVs into classrooms that can serve nine to 12 kids at a time.
“My ultimate goal is that families that don’t have access to quality preschool education will get it,” she said. “We are trying to change generational poverty.”
The $150,000 city grant allocated to the project is part of $7.6 million Dayton is spending on supporting minority-owned business from the $138 million the city is receiving through the American Rescue Plan.
Preschool promise is a partner in both the DeSoto Bass preschool and effort to set up mobile preschools.
Preschool Promise Executive Director Robyn Lightcap said addressing the shortage of high-quality preschools in some areas such as parts of East Dayton, Huber Heights and Trotwood is a major focus for them and they applaud Jarvis’ ingenuity.
“How do we offer some creative alternatives where children and families experience high-quality education but we are making it accessible in different ways?” she said.
She said reliable transportation is an obstacle for some families and this would address that. Reaching low-income families is vitally important she said for breaking cycles of poverty, which research shows high-quality preschool can help with.
“We know if we can work with children when they are young and work with the families and help them then we can truly change the generational poverty trajectory,” Lightcap said.