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#100Mayors For Early Childhood

Early childhood issues have not been treated as a priority in Florida, but it is our hope that Governor DeSantis will change that. We built a list of more than #100Mayors for early childhood. On February 21, we asked the governor to include early learning and health care among his top initiatives. As stewards of their communities, these mayors from all across Florida understand the impact of investing early in Florida’s children.

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All we need is your Mayor’s permission to add their name to our initiative. To sign on, please contact The Children’s Movement of Florida at info@childrensmovementflorida.org or give us a call at 305-646-7230. We can’t wait to hear from you! Learn more about what it means to sign on here.

Mayors Who Support Early Childhood

Van W. Johnson, Sr., City of Apalachicola
Jaccarie Simons, City of Arcadia
Ellen Glasser, City of Atlantic Beach
Enid Weisman, City of Aventura
Gabriel Groisman, Village of Bal Harbour
Leo E. Longworth, City of Bartow
Scott Singer, City of Boca Raton
Steven B. Grant, City of Boynton Beach
Wayne H. Poston, City of Bradenton
Catherine D. Robinson, City of Bunnell
Bill Spaude, City of Bushnell
Pamn Henderson, City of Callaway
Robert E. Hoog, City of Cape Canaveral
Henry J. Hawkins, Town of Century
Tracy Andrews, City of Chipley
Mali Gardner, City of Clewiston
Ben Malik, City of Cocoa Beach
Greg Ross, City of Cooper City
Raul Valdes-Fauli, City of Coral Gables
Derrick L. Henry , City of Daytona Beach
Robert A. Campbell, City of DeFuniak Springs
Robert F. Apgar, City of DeLand
Shelly Petrolia, City of Delray Beach
Gary Jarvis, City of Destin
Eddie Cole, Town of Eatonville
Raymond Bagshaw, City of Edgewood
Claudia V. Cubillos, Village of El Portal
Howell Grimm, Jr., City of Everglades City
John A. Miller, City of Fernandina Beach
Dean J. Trantalis, City of Fort Lauderdale
Tracey Gore, Town of Fort Myers Beach
Richard A. Rynearson, City of Fort Walton Beach
Lauren Poe, City of Gainesville
Evelyn Wilson, City of Groveland
Joy Adams, City of Hallandale Beach
Matthew D. Surrency, City of Hawthorne
Josh Levy, City of Hollywood
Stephen R. Shelley, City of Homestead
David A. Panicola, City of Indian Harbour Beach
Deb Gillis, Village of Islamorada, Village of Islands
Darnell Lumpkin, City of Jasper
Shon Owens, Town of Jay
Todd R. Wodraska, Town of Jupiter
Michael Davey, Village of Key Biscayne
Teri Johnston, City of Key West
Charles O. Lake, City of Lake Alfred
Bill Mutz, City of Lakeland
Hazelle P. Rogers, City of Lauderdale Lakes
Chris Vincent, Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea
Ken Thurston, City of Lauderhill
Frank Davis, City of Live Oak
Mark Bryant, City of Macclenny
Maggi Black, City of Madeira Beach
Ina Thompson, City of Madison

Barbara Krull, City of Mascotte
Francis Suarez, City of Miami
Dan Gelber, City of Miami Beach
Oliver Gilbert, III, City of Miami Gardens
Wanda Range, City of Midway
Wayne M. Messam, City of Miramar
Nick Girone, City of Mount Dora
Bill Barnett, City of Naples
Elaine E. Brown, City of Neptune Beach
Robert Marlowe, City of New Port Richey
Jordan Marlowe, City of Newberry
Randall R. Wise, City of Niceville
Brent Latham, City of North Bay Village
Ana Ziade, City of North Lauderdale
Smith Joseph, City of North Miami
Anthony F. Defillipo, City of North Miami Beach
David B. Norris, Village of North Palm Beach
Karen Ostrand, Town of Ocean Breeze
Dowling R. Watford, Jr., City of Okeechobee
Buddy Dyer, City of Orlando
Keith W. Babb, Jr., City of Pahokee
Maria G. Marino, City of Palm Beach Gardens
Karyn Cunningham, Village of Palmetto Bay
Christine Hunschofsky, City of Parkland
Ashira Mohammed, Town of Pembroke Park
Frank C. Ortis, City of Pembroke Pines
Joseph M. Corradino, Village of Pinecrest
Lynn Stoner, City of Plantation
Rex Hardin, City of Pompano Beach
Donald O. Burnette, City of Port Orange
Gregory J. Oravec, City of Port St. Lucie
Fred Pinto, Village of Royal Palm Beach
Joe Ayoub, City of Safety Harbor
Joe Kyles, Sr., City of South Bay
Phillip K. Stoddard, Ph.D., City of South Miami
Gail Gilman, City of St. Marks
Alan Johnson, City of St. Pete Beach
Rick D. Kriseman, City of St. Petersburg
Jim Hill, City of Sebastian
Daniel Nugent, City of Starke
Becky Bruner, City of Stuart
Michael J. Ryan, City of Sunrise
Daniel Dietch, Town of Surfside
John Dailey, City of Tallahassee
Michelle Gomez, City of Tamarac
Bob Buckhorn, City of Tampa
Lee Deen, City of Trenton
John W. Holic, City of Venice
Harry Howle, III, City of Vero Beach
Hal Rose, City of West Melbourne
Geraldine Muoio, City of West Palm Beach
Daniel J. Stermer, City of Weston
Ed Wolf, City of Wildwood
John Rees, City of Winter Garden

#100Mayors in the News

Mayors Urge Ron DeSantis to Prioritize Early Learning

From Florida Politics: “Mayors from across the state are urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to double down on early childhood education so the state’s generation-in-waiting can achieve higher high school graduation rates and have access to a full slate of employment and postsecondary education opportunities.”  Read the full article here.

Florida Mayors Urge DeSantis to Prioritize Early Education

From Orlando Sentinel: “Getting children off to a good start is sound policy and wise investment in the future of a state we all love.”  Read the full article here.

The Moral and Practical Imperative For Prioritizing the Early Years

From Tampa Bay Times: “We spend less than $3,000 a year to educate a child in pre-K, but more than $50,000 a year to incarcerate a juvenile.”  Read the full article here.

Florida Mayors Ask DeSantis To Make Children a Budget Priority

From News 4 Jax: “Keeping them interested in learning can actually keep them out of prison. Early learning is the key … It is good for kids and is good for the community.”  Read the full article here.

100 Mayors Call on Gov. DeSantis To Make Investment In Young Children

From Florida Phoenix: “Whether this takes the form of support for early learning initiatives, more widespread health care for children under 5, or greater access to parenting support resources for all parents, the result is the same: a state that prioritizes children will reap rewards over time with a better workforce and lower crime.”   Read the full article here.

Florida Mayors Join Forces With The Children’s Movement of Florida

From Capital Soup: “These local government leaders, who represent millions of citizens in blue and red districts, have embraced the universal, overarching importance of prioritizing the state’s youngest children.”   Read the full article here.

Florida Mayors: Gov. DeSantis, Make Early-Childhood Education His Priority

From The Miami Herald: “Today, at least 30 percent of all children entering public school are significantly behind, and we know that most of those then fall further behind.”  Read the full article here.

Florida Mayors Call for Greater Focus on Early Childhood Development

From WCTV: “Most of the development, human development, takes place in the earliest years of our lives. So it’s important that we create the environment and we dedicate the resources so that all children can flourish.”   Read the full article here.

ICYMI: Florida Education News in Review, Week of Feb. 18, 2019

From Tampa Bay Times: “One hundred Florida mayors, from big cities to suburbia to small towns, have signed a letter asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to prioritize early childhood as he sets his agenda for Florida’s future.””   Read the full article here.

A Good Start For Children is a Top Priority

From The Miami Herald: “Enhancing quality in the sites that care for our youngest children cannot be done on the cheap, which is exactly what has been happening in our state. It is the long view, however, which should be driving our personal and political positions.” Read the full article here.

Local Mayors Petition DeSantis for Early Education

From Northwest Florida Daily News: “Children’s advocacy is something that goes beyond the bounds of political or anybody’s opinion that’s going to benefit children of all walks of life.” Read the full article here.

The Practical, Moral Imperative for Prioritizing The Early Years

From South Florida Sun Sentinel: “As state legislators come together this spring to agree on Florida’s priorities and express them in budgets and agendas, these 100 mayors hope DeSantis and Florida legislators take appropriate action as stewards of Florida’s future prosperity and prioritize early childhood when they vote.” Read the full article here.

The Moral and Practical Imperative for Prioritizing The Early Years of Florida’s Children

From The Palm Beach Post: “Beyond what is right, prioritizing Florida’s children’s early lives is also the most practical, effective and efficient solution to numerous challenges faced by our state.” Read the full article here.

Here’s Why Florida’s Conversation on Early Learning Should Focus on Brain Building, Not Babysitting

From The New Tropic: “The early years are a valuable and significant time because these connections form the brain’s foundation. It is easier and more effective to get things right the first time than return later to strengthen or shore up preventable damage to a child’s developmental process.” Read the full article here.

Editorial: Invest in Early Childhood Education

From The Gainesville Sun: “Quality early-childhood programs may seem expensive to provide, but not providing them is even more expensive.” Read the full article here.

101 Florida Mayors to Governor: Prioritize Early Childhood Learning

From Early Learning Nation: “The Children’s Movement of Florida has pulled together more than 100 Florida mayors and got them all to sign a letter to FL Governor Ron DeSantis with a clear message: Prioritize early childhood learning.” Read the full article here.

The Importance of Early Childhood Education

From The Gainesville Sun: “Florida voters approved free voluntary pre-K for the state’s 4-year-olds in 2002, but lawmakers haven’t provided the funding and set the standards required to ensure the program is effective.” Read the full article here.

The city of Pembroke Pines is joining forces with other Mayors throughout the state of Florida and in conjunction with the Children's Movement of Florida to ensure we prioritize early childhood issues for Florida's future.