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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Editorial: Imagine An America in Which Every Child Starts Off On The Right Foot

June 26, 2019
From Chicago Sun-Times: “Children learn from the moment they’re born, and kindergarten is too late to play catch-up. More high-quality early learning programs are essential.” Read the full article here. View more... Read More
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A Child’s Bad Behavior Isn’t ‘Attention-Seeking.’ She’s Seeking a Relationship.

June 26, 2019
From NBC News: “How does a young child express to adults their fear of abandonment or their longing for more of us, if not by seeking our attention?” Read the full... Read More
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Toddlers Want To Help and We Should Let Them

June 26, 2019
From Psychology Today: “Realize that your child is growing in very positive ways by helping. The helping is good not just for you, but also for your child. He or... Read More
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Study: School Suspensions Early In Life Lead To More Academic Problems Later On

June 26, 2019
From Study Finds: “Not only are children who are suspended at a young age missing out on time spent in early learning experiences, but they are also less likely to... Read More