The news on kindergarten readiness is mixed. Escambia's rate has increased to 48 percent from 47 percent in 2019; Santa Rosa's jumped from 57 percent in 2019 to 78 percent in 2020. The state rate jumped 4 percentage points to 57 percent. Children who are not ready for kindergarten may struggle to catch up. This also puts extra stress on teachers and takes time away from other children.
Source: Florida Department of Education.