Legislative Preschool Visits - February 27, 2017
Before the 2017 legislative session began, state Rep. Bob Rommel toured two preschools in his hometown of Naples to learn firsthand about some disparities in resources in early learning centers in his community.
At one center the lack of resources was quickly apparent, highlighted by a power problem that closed the school unexpectedly. The staff also shared with him some of the challenges they face, including a lack of parental engagement in the learning experience of many of the children.
At the other center, the Republican legislator saw a vast amount of resources, from a variety of musical instruments to three playgrounds for the children.
“I think more legislators are starting to understand the importance of early learning,” he said.
Statewide Outreach and Engagement Coordinator