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


As School Returns, Kids With Special Needs Are Left Behind

September 28, 2020
From The New York Times: “Similar struggles are playing out across the country, as parents grapple with how to deal with the complexities of remote learning.” Read the full article here.... Read More
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Survey: How Pandemic Schooling Affects Early Childhood Education

September 28, 2020
From Forbes: “Virtually nobody thought that all (ECE) students adjusted well. Of teachers, only about 1 in 5 reported an easy or very easy adjustment.” Read the full article here. View more... Read More

Childhood Education Advocate Dave Lawrence Honored With ‘Sand In My Shoes’ Award

September 28, 2020
From The Miami Herald: “As chair of the Children’s Movement of Florida, Lawrence has helped expand access to children’s health insurance, education and literacy.” Read the full article here. View more articles... Read More
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The Brain Test You Want Your Kid to Fail

September 24, 2020
From The New York Times: “It’s not just that kids don’t comprehend, they pay attention to the world differently than adults.” Read the full article here. View more articles here. Read More