Tallahassee’s designated Promise Zone has a poverty rate nearly twice the city average, and an unemployment rate more than three times the city average. In this Promise Zone, the overall poverty rate is 52.58%, with the highest poverty rate in one census tract reaching 69.4%. Of those Promise Zone residents who are 25 years of age and older, 14.9% do not possess a high school diploma. Five percent of the population did not complete the ninth grade.
To address these issues, the City of Tallahassee will explore expanding high-quality early education for an additional 250 children through age five in Leon County, using a Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS), via PFS. This early education project would be located in the city’s Promise Zone – an innovative aspect of this initiative. Outcomes of interest include increased kindergarten readiness, increased developmental progression, and improved age-appropriate developmental practices in the classroom.