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.

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 42 in the nation in 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

Time to Play: More State Laws Require Recess

March 22, 2019
From Edutopia: “Unstructured playtime is making a comeback in schools as frustrated teachers, parents, and advocacy groups demand legislative action.” Read the full article here. View more articles here. Read More

Bill Overhauling VPK Evaluation System Gains Momentum

March 22, 2019
From Sarasota Herald-Tribune: “Legislation that could reshape how Florida’s 11,000 voluntary prekindergarten providers are assessed received strong support during a subcommittee hearing this week.” Read the full article here. View more articles... Read More

Dear Parents, When You Meet a Child With Special Needs, Don’t Leave. Stay and Play

March 21, 2019
From USA Today: “In honor of Developmental Disability Awareness Month, mom Amy Webb writes about how to help kids think about disability and behave when they meet someone who is... Read More

Why Schools Should Be Organized To Prioritize Relationships

March 21, 2019
From Mind/Shift: “Strong relationships can prime a person to learn. And for those who have adverse childhood experiences, strong relationships can mitigate the negative effects of trauma.” Read the full article... Read More