Florida Senate PreK-12 Appopriations chair proposes increases in prekindergarten, per-student funding

By: Jeffrey Solochek
Source: Tampa Bay Times
Date: April 19, 2017
Categories: Legislative

Early Learning Stakeholders Applaud Governor’s KEEP FLORIDA WORKING Budget

By: Office of Early Learning
Date: June 23, 2015
Today, Florida early learning stakeholders applauded Governor Scott’s 2015-16 “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” budget and its support for early child education and care.
Categories: Legislative

The Florida House unveils its Recommended Education Budget

By: Kathleen McGregory
Source: Tampa Bay Times
Date: March 17, 2015
It's that time of the year when the budget committees roll out their proposals. Among the first to debut: the Florida House's recommended $21.1 billion education budget. (You can find Chairman Erik Fresen’s proposal here.) The overall figure represents a $708 million -- or 3.5 percent -- increase over last year’s spending on public schools. "Education state funding exceeds any previous year," Fresen pointed out Monday. The House wants to spend roughly $7,130 per student -- an increase of $215, or 3.1 percent, over the current spending level. That figure would fall short of Gov. Rick Scott's goal: $7,176 for 2015-16. But it would still top the high watermark set in 2007-08 by about $4 (not accounting for inflation).
Categories: Legislative

Early Learning Supporters Seek Attention and Funds

By: Margie Menzel
Source: Pensacola Today
Date: February 17, 2015
TALLAHASSEE — Providers of Florida’s early-education programs have joined forces with children’s advocates to “speak with one voice” at the state Capitol in an effort to get lawmakers to see the value of their programs — and, ultimately, to fund them better In Tallahassee last week for a series of meetings with legislative leaders, a group — led by former Republican state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff — pitched its agenda for the upcoming session, including higher health and safety standards for providers, better training for teachers and new money to cut the waiting list of 63,000 children for slots in the school-readiness program, which provides subsidized child care to low-income working families.
Categories: Legislative

What is the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG)?

By: Tara Laxer
Date: February 9, 2015
It has been over almost two decades since Congress has passed the Child Care and Development Grant, which would increase the quality of early education.
Categories: Legislative

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Scott’s 2015-16 “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” budget recommends $1.06 billion in funding for early child education and care, an increase of approximately $33.5 million. The proposed funding includes a $46 per-child increase in the base student allocation for the Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program, a $30 million appropriation for a statewide initiative to decrease the school readiness program waiting list and money for teacher scholarships and training. Governor Scott said, “As a father and grandfather, I know first-hand that education is the key to a great future. Having quality early learning programs available for our youngest children is part of my commitment to ensuring that Florida is the top state in the nation for education and for jobs.”
Categories: Legislative

Lawmakers Revisit Upgrade for Early Learning Programs

By: Margie Menzel
Source: The News Service of Florida
Date: January 22, 2015
TALLAHASSEE- After failing last year to pass legislation upgrading the health and safety standards of Florida's early-learning programs, lawmakers are beginning the process again for 2015. On Wednesday, the Senate Education Pre-K-12 Committee unanimously passed a measure (SPB 7006) that is similar to a bill that died at the end of the 2014 legislative session. Committee Chairman John Legg, R-Lutz, said the bill would increase compliance with child-care standards and increase training qualifications for early childhood education providers. For instance, the bill would require child-care personnel to be at least 18 years old and have high school diplomas, unless they are not responsible for supervising children. Currently, though experts say the quality of teachers has a profound impact on learning outcomes for preschoolers, the state's licensing standards don't require a high-school diploma or GED, while permitting instructors to be as young as 16.
Categories: Legislative


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