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The Children’s Movement of Florida

Who We Are

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan movement of Floridians insisting on a strong start for all Florida children. We advocate for high-quality early learning opportunities, access to children’s health care, and parent support programs in Florida.

What We Are Working On

Our advocacy and awareness work focuses on three pillars of early childhood: Health, Education, and Care. We achieve impact at the local level by educating and empowering Floridians on the importance of the early years, and at the state level by encouraging elected officials to think of children when they vote. Here are a few of  the initiatives we are working on.

  • Improving Florida’s voluntary pre-K program.
  • Supporting high-quality parent skill-building systems.
  • Securing health insurance for all children.
  • Ensuring screening and treatment for all children who may have special needs.
  • Providing high-quality mentoring programs.

To learn more, visit our 2019 Agenda.

Why We Care

Education

The human brain develops the same way we build a house. You have to lay a strong foundation before you can build walls or a roof. A child’s first three years lay the foundation for their lifelong learning.

Health

When children are healthy, they are ready to learn. Early exposure to toxic stress can weaken children’s defense systems against diseases, raising their risk of later heart disease, diabetes, and depression. It can also lead to lifelong difficulties in learning.

Care

The relationships children have with their parents and other caregivers in their family or community are integral to their healthy development. We want to ensure caregivers receive the training and support they need to nurture the cognitive, emotional, and social pathways in a child’s brain.

The Movement’s 2020 Goals

We want all children in Florida to have access to high-quality early education and health care. We want their parents to have access to parenting support that helps them be their best.

Ensure that every child in Florida has access to insurance to receive quality health care.

 

Address the thousands of children who are eligible for subsidized child care, but are on the waiting list because the program does not have enough funding.

 

Expand Help Me Grow, a free parent resource program to address children’s development and behavioral needs, to all 67 counties.

 

How You Can Help

  • Mentor a reader. Help children learn to read with the ReadingPals program.
  • Sign up for our weekly early childhood newsletter to stay up to date on the latest news and research.
  • Bring The Movement to your community event: Please reach out to our Outreach team to learn how we can work together to spread the word about the early years.
  • Donate. Your contribution will allow us to keep working to bring awareness to these issues and chase real change in Tallahassee.