About Bosses for Babies:
The Children’s Movement of Florida’s Bosses for Babies initiative is building a coalition of Florida business leaders who are champions for early childhood. These bosses have a range of ways they can make an impact for children. From offering family-friendly policies in their company to advocating for early learning, to supporting local child care centers, Bosses can choose the commitment that works for their business. Bosses start where they can and work toward even greater impact, inspiring others along the way. Learn more and sign up at www.bossesforbabies.com.
For a full list of our current Bosses:
- Visit www.bossesforbabies.com.
- Click on the “Our Bosses for Babies” header, which is third from the top.
- A list of current Bosses should appear.
- Click on any of the names listed to learn more about that Boss and their involvement in Bosses for Babies.
How Bosses Are Involved:
The Movement is inviting Florida CEOs to join Bosses for Babies and make an impact on early childhood. Business leaders can make the commitment that’s right for their business. Following are the ways we encourage Bosses to get involved.
- Start the conversation. Be vocal when you are prioritizing family, so others know it’s part of your culture. Ask employees about their families and their child care choices; listen.
- Give or volunteer. Support an early learning center in your neighborhood. Sponsor an event in your community promoting early literacy, children’s health, or support for parents of young children.
- Share community resources. Make information and resources available for parents, caregivers, or grandparents in your organization. Host an internal lunch & learn on early childhood.
- Update policies. Develop or strengthen family-friendly policies—written in the employee handbook. Predictable schedules, remote work options, child care subsidies, or paid family leave can all improve your workforce productivity and enhance your bottom line.
- Advocate. Use your voice to elevate these issues in your community and influence decisions in Tallahassee. You can also join the Florida Chamber’s Business Alliance for Early Learning to engage with a network that cares about the link between early learning and Florida’s future.
Read our More about Bosses
- Read our one-pager.
- Read our recommendations for business owners looking to be more family friendly.
- Read media coverage of Bosses for Babies.
Bosses for Babies Live:
The Children’s Movement of Florida runs a webinar series called “Bosses for Babies Live,” in which we highlight the ways that our Bosses are supporting early childhood across the state in hopes that other business leaders will apply these insights in their companies. Explore previous episodes here.
Working Parent Survey 2020
Together with Sachs Media, The Movement surveyed working parents in Florida in December 2020. Respondents were asked to share challenges and experiences relating to child care and employment, and asked to identify employer benefits that would be valuable to them and/or would promote productivity and loyalty. Findings point to family-friendly policies as an easy way to attract and retain the best and brightest talent and diversify your workforce. Read the survey here.
Bosses for Babies was formed in 2020 as part of our effort to reach the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s ambitious Florida 2030 strategic plan to have 100% of children ready for kindergarten by 2030. The Children’s Movement of Florida was asked to lead the charge to unite business, community leaders and policymakers and reach this goal.
The latest data shows Florida’s kindergarten readiness rate sitting at 53%. This means nearly 90,000 children entering the K-12 system each year are deemed “not ready,” and already falling behind at a critical time in their learning and development. Research tells us it’s difficult to catch up, so we need to do a better job of supporting children and families in the early years.
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