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August 5, 2003

Frances Marine
Press Secretary
(850) 245-0413

Universal Prekindergarten Education Advisory Council Telephone Conference Call

The Universal Prekindergarten Education Advisory Council will meet by telephone conference call on Wednesday, August 6, 2003, from 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon (Eastern).

The Council, established by the State Board of Education and chaired by Lt. Governor Toni Jennings, will make recommendations for the universal prekindergarten education program required by Constitutional amendment, including expected outcomes, curriculum and assessment standards, program delivery and design, coordination with existing school readiness programs, best practices, and cost estimates.

Topics for this week's call include

  • Review and approval of the July 23, 2003, meeting summary
  • Review of July 23, 2003, presentations and resource materials
  • Council discussion and consensus: "What characteristics should Florida's early education (UPK) programs have in order to achieve the outcomes we expect?"
  • Planning for August 20, 2003, meeting (Ft. Lauderdale).

Persons wishing to participate in the teleconference should dial 1-800-853-3896, give the security code "UPK," and identify themselves by name and affiliation. No public comment will be taken during this call.

For additional information regarding universal prekindergarten education and the ongoing work of the Advisory Council, including resource materials for this week's teleconference, please consult the Council's Web site at