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FLORIDA, July 10, 2014 — Florida Governor Rick Scott kicked off a statewide “Caring for Florida’s Families” tour at Tutor Time in Jacksonville as he highlighted efforts to secure a bright future for all of Florida’s kids and families. Governor Scott discussed new and recent proposals to enhance Florida’s early learning programs, and to provide greater opportunities for both foster kids and children with disabilities.
“Every child deserves to grow up in a healthy and happy environment, get a great education, and enjoy every opportunity to succeed,” said Gov. Scott. “We care about our children and families and we want this to be the best state for them to thrive.”
Children at Tutor Time in Jacksonville greeted their guests with a special rendition of “Proud to be an American.” The governor visited the Pre-School, Pre-K, infant and toddler classrooms, chatting and joking with the children.
Tutor Time and its sister brands within the Learning Care Group portfolio of schools play a leading role in Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program (VPK), serving thousands of families each year. VPK is a free pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds who reside in Florida and were born on or before September 1 each year. It gives children a jump start for a successful future by preparing them for school and enhancing their pre-reading, pre-math, language and social skills. It includes age-appropriate curricula with a strong emphasis on early literacy skills, accountability, manageable class sizes and qualified instructors.
Learning Care Group has taken part in Florida’s VPK since the program’s inception in 2005. The company currently participates in state Pre-K programs in 13 states: Florida, North Carolina, California, Tennessee, Connecticut, Georgia, Ohio, Michigan, New Mexico, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Colorado, and New York.