by Janet Allen
The LWVAlachua education committee made visits to numerous child care centers in Alachua County that ranged from family centers to large commercial centers like O2B Kids and Baby Gator. We had the opportunity to talk to teachers and administrators as well as children. When we asked about current needs they were remarkably the same.
Our Florida legislature has a major bill (SPB 7006) to improve childcare standards, and the Governor’s budget includes funds to expand the Voluntary PreK program for four year olds. There are, however, many different types of childcare programs, and we are learning how their programs differ and what their challenges are to provide quality childcare.