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

The Benefits Of Unsupervised Play Will Make You Want To Back Off Your Kids’ Activities In A Big Way

May 17, 2019
From Romper: “Harvard Graduate School of Education says that free play helps kids develop important skills like creative thinking, analyzing patterns, using empathy, regulating their own emotions, and so much... Read More

Research Finds Early Childhood Education Strengthens Families

May 17, 2019
From WTTW: “The effects have a beneficial impact on the immediate family and extend to later generations, multiplying the value of the original investment and boosting the effectiveness of existing... Read More

Despite High Need, Dental Care Elusive For Those With Special Needs

May 16, 2019
From Disability Scoop: “People with autism, cerebral palsy and other developmental disorders face enormous barriers to adequate and timely dental care — on top of their other challenges.” Read the full... Read More

How to Cultivate Positive Social Skills in Children Starting From an Early Age

May 16, 2019
From AAA State of Play: “You and your kids should focus on different sets of social skills and abilities depending on their age.” Read the full article here. View more articles here. Read More