Governor Scott signs budget with increases in funding for VPK and school readiness
Governor Rick Scott signed his It's Your Money Tax Cut Budget in early June. With regard to early learning, the budget provides $396.1 million for the Voluntary Pre-K (VPK) program and increases funding by $54 per student, and $555.5 million for the School Readiness Program, including an increase of $3 million to further expand school readiness services. The budget also includes $10.5 million for an early learning performance pilot program to award child care providers and instructors for improving quality. Budget highlights are available in this 2014 Session Summary.