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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OPINION: Five Lessons on How States Can Invest in High-Quality Child Care and Early Education

February 20, 2020
From The Hechinger Report: “It comes down to making sure that public systems focus and act on something that parents and other caregivers understand: What happens in the early years... Read More
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Experts Leading the Effort For Mental Health Say There’s Urgent Need in Sarasota County

February 19, 2020
From ABC 7: “Our kids are not ready for kindergarten and the number one reason is not their cognitive functioning, it’s their social emotional functioning. If you can’t attend and... Read More
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St. Augustine Father of Son with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Helps Pass Infant Screening in Florida

February 19, 2020
From CNBC: “Early intervention with this disease is a must to guarantee, I would say, the full life expectancy and the least impact of the disease.” Read the full article here.... Read More
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Stanford Psychology Expert: These Are The Top 3 Things Kids Need—But Most Parents Fail To Provide

February 19, 2020
From CNBC: “Technology isn’t the problem, and enforcing strict rules around tech usage isn’t the solution. Rather, it’s the root causes to children’s distractions that need to be addressed.” Read... Read More