Early Learning Stakeholders Applaud Governor’s KEEP FLORIDA WORKING Budget


CONTACT: Office of Early Learning
Communications Office


June 23, 2015


Early Learning Stakeholders Applaud Governor’s KEEP FLORIDA WORKING Budget

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida early learning stakeholders applauded Governor Scott’s 2015-16 “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” budget and its support for early child education and care.

Rodney MacKinnon, interim executive director of the Office of Early Learning, said, “Governor Scott clearly understands the importance of early learning when it comes to Florida’s future. It is good to see that our state will be continuing to invest in Florida’s youngest citizens and their families.”

David Lawrence Jr., chair of The Children’s Movement of Florida, said, “While much more needs to be done to make early learning the priority it needs to be, I am grateful for the progress that was made and the Governor's leadership in this.”

Matt Guse, CEO of the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend Region and chair of Florida’s Association of Early Learning Coalitions, said, “The Governor’s budget means that early learning coalitions will be able to serve more children and families through school readiness programs. Providing early education to children and helping families get child care so they can work or get the training or education they need to be able to work is good for the communities we serve.”

Harry Duncanson, chair of the Early Learning Advisory Council, said, “Early education and care benefit Florida’s youngest children and their families. More communities and more businesses recognize that quality early learning ties directly to economic development. We are pleased with the Governor’s continued recognition and support of early learning in Florida.”

Roy Keister, president of the Florida Association for Child Care Management (FACCM), said, “As a child care provider and as a representative of providers across the state, I am grateful for the additional resources that will become available as a result of this budget. Providers can serve additional children and families as a result. We are appreciative of Governor Scott’s investment in early learning.”

Ellen McKinley, board president of the Child Development Educational Alliance, said, “The teachers who work closely with our young children have a positive impact on early learners. Governor Scott’s budget recognizes the value of investing in those teachers. We are grateful for his support.”

Adam Hasner, board chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County and former majority leader of the Florida House, said, “This budget enables our state and our communities to continue on the path toward ensuring high-quality early learning opportunities for our children. We are thankful for Governor Scott’s commitment and support.”

Phyllis Kalifeh, president and CEO of the Children’s Forum, said, “Toddlers and preschoolers benefit directly from high-quality interaction with teachers. Governor Scott’s budget provides more opportunities for early childhood educators to improve their skills by increasing support for the Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) scholarship program.”

Ted Granger, president of the United Way of Florida
, said, “The Governor’s KEEP FLORIDA WORKING budget provides more support for the program that is designed to help eligible low-income parents get into and stay in the workforce – school readiness. More funding for this program means more help for children and families in Florida. We are grateful to Governor Scott for continuing to invest in early child care and education so families can become self-sufficient.” 


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