Picking Pre-K Providers Made Easier

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Picking the perfect place for your pupil is now easier than ever.

Chiemere Whitehead sorts through piles of papers, choosing the perfect voluntary pre-kindergarten program for her four-year-old son.

"I am very excited and so is he. We are looking forward to a good school year in 2007," said Chiemere Whitehead.

Florida's Board of Education is now helping parents chose a provider with the Kindergarten Readiness Rate Rule.

Chris Duggan is the Executive Director of the Early Coalition and said, "It gives an idea of how this provider has an effective program, a program where children actually go to kindergarten ready to learn."

Children are given an assessment after completing the VPK program. Those scores determine how the provider is preparing students for kindergarten.

"I feel confident in our program. Last year we had a very good program, as well as this year. I think it's great kids are being assessed. It's good parents are able to get scores and choose what school their child attends," said Arlinda Hayes, Director Child Care Network.

"I picked my provider, so I knew which will be best for my child," said Whitehead.

Readiness rates are calculated based on three screenings and the amount of students enrolled; 300 is the highest score a provider could get.

Low performing providers have two years to improve before being removed from the state-approved list.

Scores will be released in April.