Are the Kids in Your County Ready for Kindergarten?

By: Florida Chamber Foundation

Are Florida’s Kindergartners Ready for the Future?

On February 17, the Florida Department of Education released the Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS) results for 2019-20 that show 53 percent of children were prepared for Kindergarten. The FLKRS is a tool that helps determine if children entering public school kindergarten have the foundational skills that are important as they begin school.

The current statewide score is unchanged from the previous year’s results of 53 percent. To see the FLKRS scores for your county, visit TheFloridaScorecard.org.

Developing these important life skills begins early. If children are behind in kindergarten, there is a ripple effect that can impact their education and future success.

Establishing a strong foundation is crucial as our economy and workforce needs change. The Florida Chamber Foundation’s recently released Florida Workforce 2030 report states that robots, automation, artificial intelligence, new innovations and technology are all changing the landscape of what will be required of Florida’s workforce, and the skills that Florida students will need as they plan their future.

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Florida Workforce 2030, an Industry Roundtable and Survey Summary, along with Industry Career Path details for Florida’s five targeted growth sectors, are available at www.FLChamber.com/FloridaWorkforce2030.