Pre-K Budget Cuts
Florida's Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) has run into recent budget cuts. The program is free for all four-year-old Florida residents. According to the Agency for Workforce Innovation, there are nearly 135,000 VPK students across the state. That's up more than 11,000 from last year. Per student funding is down $100 per student.
"We've had cuts from refunds in VPK programs and I wouldn't be surprised to see we would get less next year than we have this year," said Kathy Spears, owner of "Kathy's All Things Preschool and Learning Center."
A 2008 study by the National Institute for Early Education Research ranked Florida's spending 34th out of 38 states providing Pre-K education.
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