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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Does Social Studies Build Stronger Readers? A New Study Suggests So

January 14, 2021
From Education Week: “Research shows that young children’s ability to understand what they read depends in large part on the background knowledge and vocabulary they bring to the endeavor.” Read... Read More
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Mud Play for Kids: Why It’s Worth the Mess

January 14, 2021
From Healthline: “Mud play is a great way for children to learn, relax, and let out their creativity. Medical research shows that it can also be good for your child’s... Read More
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Cats May Improve Social Skills In Kids With Autism

January 12, 2021
From Disability Scoop: “Children with the developmental disorder showed increased empathy and experienced fewer problem behaviors after welcoming a pet cat into their homes. They also displayed less separation anxiety,... Read More
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The US Economy Lost 140,000 Jobs in December. All of Them Were Held By Women

January 12, 2021
From CNN: “Black and Latina women disproportionately work in some of the hardest-hit sectors in the pandemic, often in roles that lack paid sick leave and the ability to work... Read More