Dear Providers,
 
We're excited to have you join us for the Providers Appreciation Breakfast on Monday, June 17 at 9:30 am in our new office space. You will be receiving an invitation email shortly with a link to RSVP.

As you may already know, the VPK Kindergarten Readiness Rates were posted two weeks ago. The most recent data shows:
 
  • The Florida percentage of VPK children scoring as ready was approximately 62%.
  • The Broward percentage of VPK children scoring as ready was approximately 61%.

In response to the release of the VPK readiness rates, Governor DeSantis issued an official call to action and tasked Richard Corcoran, Florida's Education Commissioner, to "prioritize this issue and direct available funding to make enhancements" to the VPK program. I am excited that the Governor has put this issue in the spotlight and see this as a great opportunity to support much needed reforms and potentially secure increased funding for VPK children and providers.

We look forward to collaborating with the early learning community to educate local and state Legislators on the importance of Kindergarten readiness, the need for more appropriate assessment methods, tools and timing, the importance of incorporating student learning gains and the need for additional funding resources to better prepare our children for kindergarten.

We maintain our commitment to champion and advocate for our partners, providers and unsung heroes on the front line and work as a team to bring about the necessary changes for our children.  

Within the next few weeks we will invite you to our new offices to further discuss this topic and collaboratively build a productive strategy for the future. I look forward to meeting with you all.
 
Thank you,
Renee Jaffe