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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Health

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

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Education

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

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The Child Care Crisis Causes Job Disruptions for More Than 2 Million Parents Each Year

February 26, 2020
From Center for American Progress: “At a time when more than two-thirds of young children have all available parents in the workforce, child care is a necessity for most families... Read More
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Thrive By Five Pinellas to Roll Out Initiative for Early Childhood Development

February 26, 2020
From Tampa Bay Times: “Business can live or die by the quality of the workforce. And a child’s readiness to learn and to succeed in life is shaped in a... Read More
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Home Enrichment Improves Preschool Readiness

February 25, 2020
From WVLT: “The researchers found when families engaged in these activities, their children entered school with greater reading skills, better attentiveness and eagerness to learn.” Read the full article here. View more... Read More

Parenting Apps Aren’t Just About the Kids Anymore

February 24, 2020
From The Hechinger Report: “A 2018 survey found nearly half of millennial parents rely on mobile parenting apps for information relating to parenting and children.” Read the full article here. View more... Read More