Early Learning is provided by a vibrant industry filled with dedicated individuals that recognize the significance of Early Learning in the continuum of education. The childcare industry, employing tens of thousands of Floridians, supports working parents and enables children from all backgrounds to benefit from high quality early education, which is vital to give children the best possible start in life. Birth to 5 years is a critical time in a child's life and without a strong foundation children will struggle to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.
The answer is simple: Make early learning a priority.
If Florida can get more children into quality educational programs at a younger age, our state will see a measurable benefit. There is a direct correlation between a quality early learning program and higher graduation rates leading to a well-educated workforce. In the 21st Century, it is imperative that our state remain competitive in the global marketplace. To accomplish this goal, our state must recognize the significance of this industry and support it with increased funding and reasonable regulation to ensure the health and safety of our children. Significantly reducing the waiting list of children who seek School Readiness funds and supporting an equitable funding formula will provide greater access to effective early learning programs.
It is not just about childcare, and it is time to give Early Learning its proper place in the field of education.
Support increased and equitable funding based on need for children 0-12 in early learning or after school care programs to support working families. Support maximizing revenue by capitalizing on all federal, state, local and private dollars available for children's programs. Promote the early learning industry not only as an investment in our children's future but the key to economic prosperity.