Advocates Push Candidates to Keep Pre-K Promise

Advocates for a higher quality pre-k program in Florida are pushing candidates for governor to keep the promise to parents.

The Children’s Campaign invited the Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates for governor to a Tallahassee news conference.

All four had scheduling conflicts and sent spokespeople instead, but the Children’s Campaign says each candidate should have gotten the message; voters demand a program with highly qualified teachers and research based lesson plan.

Linda Alexionok with Children’s Campaign said, “If you have a constitutional amendment that is an unfulfilled promise to the voters, this is the day in which the Children's Campaign is asking the four campaigns to tell the voters if elected governor, what they will do to fix pre-k.”

To date, enrollment in Florida's pre-k program has lagged around the state, and fewer providers have signed up to participate than the state expected.