VPK's month-long 10th birthday celebration gets off to a good start.
Children's advocate Dave Lawrence, Jr., one of the driving forces behind the petition to amend Florida's Constitution in 2002 and create VPK; Lt. Gov. Carlos López-Cantera, one of the implementing bill's co-sponsors in 2004; and former State Representative J. Dudley Goodlette, the bill's sponsor, were joined by executive other educational leaders on the main stage of Children's Capitol for a Day during Children's Week.
The occasion? VPK turned 10 this program year and it was an opportunity to celebrate 10 years of success. VPK students from Tallahassee's Creative Preschool led speakers and guests in singing "Happy Birthday" and blowing out the candles on a giant birthday cake.
Background: In 2002, Florida voters became the first in the nation to initiate and approve a constitutional amendment to create a state-funded voluntary prekindergarten education program. Ten years after the first 4-year-olds began attending VPK in 2005, more than 1.7 million children have benefited from the successful program.
More information about the history of VPK is available on the website.