What does The Children’s Movement of Florida do?
We advocate for and raise awareness about the importance of early childhood in Florida.
What We Believe:
The Children’s Movement of Florida believes that the well-being and education of our children in Florida must be the highest priority of government, business, non-profit institutions and families. The economic future of our state and the stability of the communities we live in depend on achieving this goal. The major objective of the citizen-led, non-partisan Children’s Movement of Florida is to inform the political, business and civic leaders, and the parents and people of this state, about this issue – and encourage them to make the well-being and education of our children our highest priority, including in the way we invest our public resources.
About Our Work:
Our advocacy and awareness work focuses on three pillars of early childhood. 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 for systems-level change.
- We believe all children in Florida should have access to education that sparks their early brain development.
- 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.
- We believe all children in Florida should have access to a pediatrician so they can avoid preventable illness and receive necessary screenings and early intervention.
- 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.
- Early identification of developmental or behavioral delays and illness is proven to save society money and produce better results for children.
On Parenting Support:
- We believe all children in Florida should be surrounded by caring and responsive adults who can help them grow up healthy and ready to learn by kindergarten.
- 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 to nurture the cognitive, emotional, and social needs of their child.
Why It Matters:
- Florida’s future prosperity depends on our ability to foster the health and well-being of today’s children. When a society invests wisely in children and families, the next generation will pay that back through a lifetime of productivity and responsible citizenship.
- We can’t focus on developing just one part of the child without paying equal attention to the other capacities. Cognitive, emotional and social capacities are tightly connected throughout the life course. Being an interactive organ, the brain utilizes some functions to enrich others. Language acquisition, for example, relies on hearing, the ability to differentiate sounds, and the ability to pay attention and engage in social interaction.
- As stewards of the State of Florida, it is our responsibility to invest wisely in society so that we pass on a healthy economy and an educated, empowered workforce to the next generation of leaders.
- Third grade reading scores determine the future workforce. Executive function skills are shaped early. Working memory, mental flexibility, and self-control are developed through creative play and early social connection–just the things children work on in preschool!
How You Can Help:
1. Set an Example
- Know the Facts
- Change mindsets in your workplace
2. Take Action
- Join ReadingPals
- Use your social media platform to spread the Facts
- Write an op-ed on the importance of early childhood to Florida’s prosperity
- Share the Facts with a legislator
- Share the Facts with your fellow employees
- Post information in the HR Newsletter
- Host informal conversations on the topic
3. Sign up to be part of The Movement
- Sponsor an event in your area to spread the message
- Commit to donating a small sum every month to sustain our work