Former 4C President/CEO Appointed to Preschool Promise Board

January 26, 2017

Sallie Westheimer

Sallie Westheimer, former president/CEO of 4C for Children, is one of 15 parents, educators, preschool providers, business leaders and community leaders named to the board of directors that will lead the implementation of the Preschool Promise in Cincinnati. Westheimer retired in 2015 after 35 years of leading 4C for Children.
Additional board appointees include 4C Board of Trustees member and director of the quality-rated New Horizons Childcare Center Terri England as well as Steve Shifman, president and CEO of Michelman, who will be honored as a 4C Champion for Children at the agency's Feb. 11 Gala.
"We are thrilled that Sallie has been appointed to this board of directors that will work to ensure quality preschool for all children," says Vanessa Freytag, president and CEO of 4C. "She not only brings decades of experience in early childhood education to the board but she is literally the advocate and author of many of the key quality measures for child care providers that are utilized today in Ohio, Kentucky and across the country."
Freytag adds that both Terri England and Steve Shifman possess a "tremendous commitment to furthering early childhood education and to meeting the needs of parents and children in this community. Their knowledge and passionate advocacy efforts will be a real asset to the work of this board to ensure children get the best possible start in life."
Working in conjunction with the Cincinnati Preschool Promise Board and Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS), the Greater Cincinnati United Way Executive Committee appointed the board members who are tasked with overseeing the day-to-day operations of the preschool expansion plan to ensure families are prepared to take advantage of preschool tuition assistance beginning in fall 2017. The board will also help increase the number of quality rated preschool providers with Quality Improvement Grants expected to be available in spring 2017.
United Way of Greater Cincinnati, which was selected by CPS to serve as the trusted entity to oversee the expansion effort, is managing the disbursement of $15 million annually for preschool----in CPS and through community-based providers----of the $48 million annual revenues that will be generated by the CPS levy that passed in November of last year. CPS will retain overall fiscal responsibility and accountability to the taxpayers.
"We're delighted that there is such breadth of experience and community passion on this board that will help lead us all into an era that is going to make a difference for generations of children and families," Freytag says.

Here's a complete list of board leadership and membership:
Board of Directors Leadership

  • Father Michael Graham, Chair; President, Xavier University
  • Deborah Allsop, Board Secretary; Executive Director and CEO, Families FORWARD
  • Pastor Ennis Tait, Board Treasurer; Pastor, Church of the Living God

Board Members

  • Terri England, Director and Administrator, New Horizons Child Care Center
  • Jasmine Jones, parent
  • Micah Kamrass, attorney, Manley Burke
  • Gary Lindgren, Executive Director, Cincinnati Business Committee and Cincinnati Regional Business Committee
  • Kimya Moyo, retired teacher
  • Dr. O'dell Owens, President and CEO, Interact for Health
  • John Pepper, retired CEO and Chairman, P&G
  • Cheryl Rose, Senior Vice President, Hawthorn PNC Family Wealth
  • Laura Sanregret, teacher, Dater Montessori
  • Steve Shifman, President and CEO, Michelman
  • Sallie Westheimer, retired President and CEO, 4C for Children
  • Flora (Kathy) Young, Education Committee Chair, NAACP