Guest column urges Governor to focus on children

Florida’s current governor needs to follow the model of a former governor when it comes to kids, according to a guest column in the Florida Times-Union.

John Coggin, a freelance writer in Annapolis who recently completed a soon-to-be published biography on Lawton Chiles, urged Gov. Rick Scott to focus on children. He cited the Healthy Start program for women and infants as “a model for how state government can partner with families to care for Florida’s children.”
Coggin also cited Chiles’ expansion of the Healthy Kids program — now part of Florida KidCare — to provide affordable health insurance to children in the state.
He recommends three priorities Gov.  Scott should have to the next legislative sessions:

  1. Healthy Start
  2. Pre-kindergarten
  3. After-school program