I’m fortunate enough to be on paternity leave while we wait for the imminent arrival of our third child — something I will make possible for every parent in Florida when I’m Governor. But that’s an email for another day.
Today, I want to talk to you about early childhood education, and what our goals are here in Florida. While we’ve been soaking up as much time as possible with our almost three-year-old twins, Caroline and Jackson, before their brother arrives, I’ve been thinking a lot about the needs of every young child in the state — and how we can ensure those needs are met.
Right now, we begin most of our public education at five years old — but research tells us that 90% of a child’s brain development happens from ages zero to five. I firmly believe we need to invest more in those earliest years through research-based programs that help our children learn, grow and thrive.
When we talk about wanting to start education earlier, we aren’t talking about sitting two year olds down and getting them to bubble in a multiple choice test. Our goal for earlier childhood education is one that is focused on learning through play — what research tells us is most effective. We’re talking about coloring, learning to share, building blocks, and story time.
Together, we can make sure that every child in Florida has the opportunity to be the best that they can be.
Bring it home,