Look for the bright yellow VPK bus – coming to a neighborhood near you in Lee County! Our coalition teamed up with the FutureMakers Coalition to use grant money to write a book and wrap a bus with the goal of spreading the word about Voluntary Prekindergarten. For Florida residents, free preschool is available to all 4 or 5 year olds, regardless of family income. Help your child discover the “Power of Pre-K” by registering them in 2020. For more information, check out this FutureMaker’s Coaliton site.
Our Literacy Buddy Program is taking off- thanks to a generous Southwest Florida community! Companies like Busey Bank, Hertz, and Humana; social and civic groups such as Pi Beta Phi Fort Myers Alumnae, LaBelle Woman’s Club and others – books for this program have been pouring in. These books have been added in to our Literacy Buddy Library, and also distributed to the preschools we serve.
We love partnering with WGCU Public Media and participate in their annual “Kid’s Day” at their studios on the FGCU Campus. At these events, we get a chance to talk to parents of young children and let them know about all the services our coalition provides. Fun for all!