Our Three Pillars

Our advocacy and awareness work focuses on three pillars of early childhood: early learning, health, and parent support.

Early Learning

The first few years of a child's life are a critical time for brain development, and early learning lays the foundation for lifelong learning.

Learn more about our principles for early learning here.

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Nearly 50% of pre-k children are deemed ‘not ready’ for kindergarten when they leave pre-k.

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Florida spends $2,803 per child per year on VPK, but more than $90,000 per year to incarcerate a juvenile.

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Economists have shown that expanding early learning initiatives would provide benefits to society of roughly $8.60 for every $1 spent.


When children are healthy, they are ready to learn. A healthy child makes for a healthy community, where all children get off to a strong start and can reach their full potential. Having a medical home ensures children receive routine dental, vision, and developmental screenings.

Learn more about our principles for health here.

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Florida ranks near the bottom in terms of providing our children with access to quality health care: 343,000 children are uninsured as of 2021.

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Without routine screening, only an estimated 30% of children with developmental issues are identified before they reach kindergarten. Early intervention can support families and caregivers to promote success in school and in life. 

Herb garden

Early exposure to toxic stress can weaken a child's defense system against diseases, raising the risk of later heart disease, diabetes, and depression. It can also lead to lifelong difficulties in learning.

Parent Support

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

Learn more about our principles for parent support here.

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We know how to create stronger foundations for children’s development. One active ingredient is the “serve and return” relationships that children have with their parents and other caregivers in their family or community.

Adult helping boy

Chronic stressful conditions such as extreme poverty, abuse, or severe maternal depression—what scientists now call “toxic stress”—can disrupt the architecture of the developing brain.

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If we help the family manage stressors, and prioritize economic self-sufficiency, children will reap the rewards for the rest of their life.

Learn about our Legislative Engagement