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The Governance Structure of Florida’s Early Education Programs Presents Some Administrative Challenges, Report No. 08-35, June 2008
 
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  • Florida’s families with young children can receive early education services through a continuum of state and federal programs. The state’s largest early education programs, School Readiness and Voluntary Prekindergarten, received approximately $1 billion in Fiscal Year 2007-08.
  • Currently, the Agency for Workforce Innovation, Department of Education, and Department of Children and Families are responsible for various aspects of implementing the state’s early education programs. However, each agency’s program responsibilities are not always consistent with its mission as perceived by stakeholders.
  • While the division of program responsibilities among three agencies has several strengths, it also has resulted in some instances of inconsistent program direction, insufficient coordination, and duplication.  State agency managers acknowledged many of these issues and have begun taking steps to address them.
  • The Legislature may wish to consider three governance structure options to address the inefficiencies and duplication in the current system.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Early Learning Programs

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 12-06 VPK Teachers’ Education Level Does Not Substantially Influence Kindergarten Readiness Scores; Program and Provider Differences Affect Readiness Rates,published in February 2012.
  • Report No. 10-57 Steps Taken to Improve the VPK Program; Additional Actions Needed To Increase Program Accountability,published in November 2010.
  • Report No. 10-56 Many Florida Programs Enhance Students’ Career and College Readiness, published in November 2010.
  • Report No. 08-61 Early Learning Coalitions’ Administration and Program Support Expenses Vary Widely; Opinions Divided on Coalition Efficiency, published in October 2008.
  • Report No. 08-44 Early Steps Has Revised Reimbursement Rates But Needs to Assess Impact of Expanded Outreach on Child Participation, published in July 2008.
  • Report No. 08-23 61% of Voluntary Prekindergarten Children Are Ready for Kindergarten; Accountability Process Needs Improvement, published in April 2008.

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