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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The Scientific Effort to Protect Babies From Trauma Before It Happens

June 24, 2019
From Quartz: “For some children, the wear and tear of stress on their tiny, fast-changing bodies can become toxic, impairing critical cognitive and emotional foundations.” Read the full article here. View more... Read More
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Recognizing The Importance of Fathers In Early Childhood

June 24, 2019
From Sarasota Herald-Tribune: “Policy and programs haven’t modernized to meet the needs of dads who want to be dads — and the children who need them.” Read the full article here.... Read More
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Stay At Home Parents Overcome Obstacles To Return To The Workforce

June 20, 2019
From Forbes: “Should parents should leave the traditional workforce to stay home with their children? The answer to this is unique to each parent, but also sensitive to our current... Read More

Aventura Mall Hosts David Lawrence, Jr. at LEVEL THREE

June 20, 2019
From Miami’s Community Newspapers: “The impact Dave Lawrence has had on the early education landscape in Florida is immeasurable. This year, the inaugural VPK class is graduating high school. Dave’s... Read More