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 325,000 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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Care

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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Florida Pre-K: State Changes Rule To Judge Readiness for Kindergarten

August 23, 2019
From Orlando Sentinel: “Under the new rule, providers can get 10 extra points in their ‘readiness rate’ for gains as measured on the oral assessments they give kids at the... Read More
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A Pediatrician’s Advice on Teaching Kids To Be Organized — At Any Age

August 23, 2019
From The Washington Post: “Introduce order. Kids need to have a sense that there’s a beginning, a middle and an end to everything. A project isn’t done until it’s finished.”... Read More
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The Harsh Reality of Daycare Costs Forced Me to Quit My Job

August 23, 2019
From POPSUGAR: “Our family was faced with a really difficult choice: keep digging ourselves into debt, or quit my job and go back to staying at home.” Read the full article... Read More
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NYC Reading-Test Scores Suggest Free Preschool’s Potential Benefits

August 22, 2019
From The Wall Street Journal: “New York City third-graders fared a bit better on state reading tests this spring than last, possibly a hint of early education’s benefits in literacy... Read More