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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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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Point of View: Invest in Higher Teacher Pay Today for a Better Florida Tomorrow

September 23, 2019
From The Palm Beach Post: “One of the most important recommendations is increasing teacher salaries to recruit and retain the most talented educators. After effective parenting, the No. 1 determinant... Read More
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Florida Council of 100 Releases Blueprint For Improving Schools

September 23, 2019
From Florida Politics: “If we follow this blueprint, Florida will lead the nation in creating successful students equipped for life.” Read the full article here. View more articles here. Read More
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What Should Young Children Drink? Mostly Milk and Water, Scientists Say

September 23, 2019
From The New York Times: “Children develop preferences for foods and beverages at a young age, and the recommendations are made with an eye to shaping a healthy palate.” Read... Read More
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‘Risky’ Playgrounds Are Making a Comeback

September 20, 2019
From Pocket: “Is the current playground model fostering creativity, independence, and problem-solving? What does risk really mean—and when is it OK? What can alternatives to current play spaces look like?”... Read More