Access to High Quality Early Learning in Florida

Author: Helios Education Foundation

June 22, 2015

In laying the foundation for success in school and beyond, the ages between birth to eight are the most critical in a child’s development.  Ensuring young children have access to quality early learning environments, regardless of race, income or geography, provides many proven individual and societal benefits.  Research indicates that when children participate in high-quality early learning environments, they are 40 percent less likely to fall behind in school and 70 percent more likely to graduate from high school.  In fact, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, half of the school achievement gap between economically disadvantaged young children and their more affluent peers starts before kindergarten.  

Click below to view a video about how partnerships in Tampa Bay and surrounding areas are ensuring low-income children have access to high-quality early learning environments.

Category: Early Childhood Education

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