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

Head Start, Cade Museum Promote Male Involvement

December 11, 2019
From The Gainesville Sun: “It was held for the second consecutive year to encourage fathers and other male figures in the lives of students in Head Start to help those... Read More
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It’s True! Giving Your Kids Fewer Toys at Christmas Makes Them Happier

December 11, 2019
From Motherly: “Our studies show that giving children too many toys, or toys of the wrong types, can actually be doing them harm. They get overwhelmed and cannot concentrate on... Read More
parents and child

Put Screens on Pause This Holiday

December 11, 2019
From The Florida Times-Union: “Screens just can’t deliver on educational value, and increased exposure during the first years of life is linked to delays in language and literacy, can affect... Read More
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Infants and Toddlers Eat Too Much Sugar, Researchers Say

December 10, 2019
From The New York Times: “Using C.D.C. data, researchers found that 98 percent of toddlers and 60 percent of infants consumed added sugar in sweetened drinks, baked goods and snacks.”... Read More