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Escambia Grow With Me project lauded

The Office of Early Learning, which is part of the Florida Department of Education, published its annual report and included Escambia's project called Grow With Me. Read full story


New kindergarten readiness rates to come in 2018

After a break of three years, the state will report in 2018 on the results of kindergarten readiness assessments given to children who started school in August of 2017. Read full story


Federal aid will help Florida boost quality in child care

The push to bolster quality measurements into Florida’s child care network got access to a little extra brainpower through the federal Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance System. Read full story


The challenge of quality vs access

The man who is at the top of the state’s heap when it comes to early learning acknowledges the limitations when discussing what quality should look like. Read full story


VPK — the open door to kindergarten readiness

Efforts are kicking off to help parents navigate registering, enrolling for VPK

Efforts are kicking off to help parents navigate registering, enrolling for VPK. Early Learning Coalition, Escambia School District offer help. Read full story


Changing the rules for readiness

At a glance, how kindergarten readiness testing has changed in Florida over the years. Read full story


Kindergarten readiness rates stalled another year

As the state struggles with kindergarten readiness testing for a second consecutive year, low performing providers of the state's voluntary prekindergarten program remain status quo for another year. Read full story


VPK in Florida grows up

State program that makes a half-day of prek free to all 4-year-olds is a decade old

State officials mark 10 years of the VPK, which offers a half-day of preschool free to every Florida 4-year-old, as they move forward with new tools to gauge its impact on kindergarten readiness. Read full story


Helping 5-year-olds make the grade

With new guidelines for kindergarten readiness being rolled out this year, preschool and kindergarten teachers are working both ends of the readiness issue. Read full story


VPK enrollment dipped in Escambia

Changes in registration, transportation access can be barriers to parents enrolling their 4-year-old in the free state preschool program. Read full story


Preschool is too late to begin learning

It's never too early for children to start learning

Florida is among 40 states that in the past 10 years have initiated state-funded preschool programs to provide early education for 4-year-olds. Read full story