JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Governor Rick Scott who is running for a second term based on jobs and education says early education funding in Florida is delivering results.
During a visit to the All About Kids Preschool Learning Center on North Pearl Street, the governor touted how his plans to spend $1.1 billion on early child education and care is putting the state on the map.
"Florida ranks number one in the nation on access to prekindergarten," said Scott to an audience of educators, parents and children.
Scott says Voluntary Prekindergarten, also known as VPK, is reaching 80 percent of the children who are of age with the state committing nearly $2,500 per child to centers that offer early education programs.
Officials with Florida's Early Learning Program say that reaching children early is helping propel Fla. to second in the world in the number of proficient fourth grade readers.
Last year nearly 223,000 children were enrolled in school readiness programs. This year's budget includes another $30 million to afford services to an additional 6,500 children.