a strong start for All Florida Children

 We are a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) movement of Floridians advocating for high-quality early learning opportunities, access to children’s health care, and parent support programs in Florida.

What We Do

Our advocacy work in local Florida communities and in Tallahassee focuses on three pillars of early childhood. Click through to learn more about why these issues are important and how we work to promote health, education and care for Florida’s children.

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We must insure all of Florida’s children. More than 339,000 Florida children do not have health insurance.

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Florida ranks 42nd in the nation in per-pupil funding for voluntary pre-kindergarten programs and covers only three hours of class per day.

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Parent Support

Great parents are built, not made. Florida needs to support its parents with the most reliable information possible so they can raise healthy, happy children.

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What's in the News


Why Mental Health Care Deserts Persist for U.S. Children

November 7, 2019
From PBS News Hour: “Nationwide, 70 percent of counties had no child psychiatrists, and children were less likely to have access to professional mental health services if they lived in... Read More
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Tips on Parenting a Preschooler

November 7, 2019
From South Florida Reporter: “Setting a regular schedule for every day will help with their desire for independence and potential stubbornness.” Read the full article here. View more articles here. Read More
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Can Early-Childhood-Education Programs Deliver If Lead Teachers Are Paid Less Than Dog Walkers?

November 7, 2019
From Education Week: “I have to wonder what’s in the future for the ECE sector when dog walkers get paid 13 percent more than ECE teachers. And do not forget... Read More
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Boost State Funding for Early Learning

November 6, 2019
From The Star-Port St. Joe: “The Legislature, for its part, could and should do two things: Increase total funding; create effective partnerships between the state and communities to evaluate and... Read More