Diabetes in children is on the rise. Some experts have predicted a 23 percent increase in the number of children with Type 1 diabetes by 2050. Now a federal investigation is being sought into claims that diabetic children are being turned away from many Florida pre-kindergarten programs.
Children’s advocates in Florida are ramping up their calls for cuts to early childhood education and daycare programs to be reversed. The budget approved by the legislature reduces funding to the Voluntary Pre-K and School Readiness programs by nearly $90 million.
At the Cherry Blossom Learning Center in Miami Thursday two teachers put a group of four year-olds through their academic paces, sounding out letters, learning “Q” words like quick, queen and quarterback, and singing the alphabet song.