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Voluntary Pre-K Program Sees Significant Enrollment Decline

The state’s VPK program has seen a drop in enrollment over the last year. That, along with a recent assessment, is leading to questions about how prepared Florida’s youngest learners are for school.

Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) program has experienced enrollment declines in the past year, raising concerns about what the long-term effects might be for many young learners.

At the same time, the program is trying to deal with a performance assessment that shows almost half the students at the next level might not be getting the tools they need.

According to the Early Learning Coalition (ELC), Hillsborough County’s VPK enrollment dropped roughly 30%, while Pinellas County’s drop was closer to 25%. Read more…