High-quality early childhood education is proven to dramatically improve a child’s opportunities for a better future—particularly children from low-income families. If we, as a nation, want to ensure all children have access to high-quality early learning, there must be strong support and partnerships from federal government to extend the reach or fill in the gaps of state efforts and innovation.
This fact sheet provides an abbreviated overview of state- and federally-funded early childhood opportunities in Florida, which serve more than 700,000 children and families.
“Families want their children to have high-quality educational opportunities and research shows a good education begins early. That is why investing $1.1 billion in early childhood education is so important for our state. I am committed to continued support for early learning, and making sure Florida remains number one in the nation for access to prekindergarten.” – Outgoing Governor Rick Scott (R-FL)
“Pre-kindergarten is one of the best investments we can make in our children’s future. Every dollar we invest returns more than $7 in benefits, such as increased lifetime earnings and reduced crime and delinquency.” – Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL)