The Florida Grade-Level Reading Campaign (FGLRC), an initiative of the Florida Alliance of Children’s Councils and Trusts (FACCT), was recently awarded a 36-month grant from Helios Education Foundation. Priority projects within this grant will build on the established work of FGLRC since its inception in 2015, focusing on school readiness, attendance, summer learning, family engagement and healthy children.
According to the Florida Department of Education, over 40% of children who started kindergarten during the 2020-2021 academic year were not deemed “kindergarten ready”. While Florida’s readiness rate of 57% is an improvement over the 2019-2020 rate of 53%, state leaders and classroom educators are wary of the impact COVID-19 will have on rising kindergarteners. “Early learning experiences are critical to a child’s development,” said Charles Hokanson, Senior Vice President for Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, Helios Education Foundation. “Ensuring all children are immersed in books, receive instruction from an exceptionally trained educators, and are stimulated by their environment is the best way to increase readiness and close potential education equity gaps early.”
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