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The Children’s Movement of Florida Presents

Built to Thrive Our Blueprint for ChildrenWednesday, September 8, 2021

10 a.m. to noon

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What to expect

  • A keynote presentation from john a. powell, Director, Othering and Belonging Institute, Professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies, University of California at Berkeley.
  • A media panel highlighting why child care has been featured so heavily in the news since COVID-19 began and providing advocates with tools to keep our issues in the media.
  • A snapshot of the status of the health of Florida’s infants and their families and a look at what we can do to improve health disparities.
  • A discussion of a successful community initiative that brought together public and private sectors to coordinate a holistic approach to care for families.
  • A conversation about how anti-bias training changed early learning educators’ approach in the classroom.
  • A panel featuring Florida legislators and our CEO Vance Aloupis, covering workforce development and two-generation approaches.
  • A discussion of findings from our latest parent survey on experiences in Florida child care.
  • And more!
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Keynote Speaker

Dr. john a. powell

Director, Othering and Belonging Institute, Professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies, University of California at Berkeley

Professor powell developed an opportunity-based model that connects affordable housing to education, health, health care, and employment and is well-known for his work developing the frameworks of “targeted universalism” and “othering and belonging."


Harris Rosen

President & COO, Rosen Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

Harris Rosen is Florida’s largest independent hotelier with seven properties and approximately six percent of the guest rooms in Orlando, FL. One of his most cherished programs is the Tangelo Park Program.

Dr. Charles Dziuban

Coordinator of the Rosen Tangelo and Parramore Programs for the University of Central Florida

Dr. Charles Dziuban is Director of the Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Chuck received UCF’s inaugural Collective Excellence award for his work with the Tangelo Park Program.

David Lawrence Jr.

Founder and Chair, The Children's Movement of Florida

David Lawrence Jr. retired in 1999 as publisher of The Miami Herald to work in the area of early childhood development and readiness. He chairs The Children’s Movement of Florida, aimed at making children the state’s top priority for investment.

Otis M. Shaver


Otis M. Shaver is a father to two beautiful boys. He is a manager at an electronic retailer and relies on child care to work. He shares the story of how he became a single father and the role child care has played in helping him bring up his boys.

Jackie Mader

Early Childhood Education Reporter, Multimedia Editor, The Hechinger Report

Jackie Mader is the multimedia editor and covers early childhood education for The Hechinger Report. In 2021, she was one of two American journalists chosen for the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma’s Early Childhood Development Fellowship.

Alia Wong

Reporter, USA TODAY

Alia Wong is an award-winning reporter based in Washington, D.C., who covers inequities in education for USA TODAY. Alia previously worked as a staff writer and associate editor at The Atlantic, where she developed its education section.

Chabeli Carrazana

Economy Reporter, The 19th

Chabeli Carrazana is the economy reporter at The 19th, where she covers the intersection of national economic policy and gender, as well as labor issues. Previously, Chabeli was a business reporter in Florida covering low-income workers.

Gail Roberts

Early Learning Educator

Gail is one of the participants in the Miami-Dade Monroe Early Learning Coalition's Professional Development Institute's Equity and Inclusion in the Early Learning Classroom course.

Jina G. Carvajal CDA, FCCPC, ECPAI

Early Learning Educator

Jina Carvajal is a Preschool Teacher and a provider at JC Preschool Services, LLC. She completed he Florida Child Care professional Degree (FCCPC) in 2007 and the Florida Child Care Directorial Degree in 2010, both at Miami Dade College.

Nouchy Phillips

Early Learning Educator

Nouchy Phillips works with the YWCA-IG/ Metro Dade as an early learning educator. She is pursuing a degree in Educational Studies at Grand Canyon University and looks forward to becoming a lead teacher or opening a child care center in the future.

Carla García

Early Learning Educator

Carla García emigrated from Venezuela, where she owned an electronics and video game store for 21 years. When she arrived in the U.S., she wanted to work a commendable job, and so chose early learning. She works at World To Grow Learning Center.

Representative Fentrice Driskell

State Representative, Florida House District 63

Representative Fentrice D. Driskell was elected to the Florida House in November 2018. She was also unanimously elected to lead House Democrats for the 2024-2026 term.

Representative Dana Trabulsy

State Representative, Florida House District 84

Dana moved to Florida in 1986, and has called St. Lucie County her home since 1991. She recently took a position as Director of Marketing for the Treasure Coast Food Bank, allowing her the flexibility to focus on her commitment as a legislator.

Vance Aloupis

CEO, The Children's Movement of Florida

After practicing law in South Florida, Vance Aloupis joined The Children’s Movement in June 2010, now serving as the organization’s CEO. He has spoken across both the state and country on issues specific to the first five years in children’s lives.

Dr. Sharetta Remikie

Director, Maternal Child Health-March of Dimes

Dr. Sharetta Remikie holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree, a Masters of Business Administration and a Doctorate Degree in Education. Dr. Remikie’s dissertation explored pregnancy or infant loss of African American women in Broward County.

Sandra Frank

CEO, All Faiths Food Bank

Sandra joined All Faiths Food Bank in 2012 after holding senior executive positions with national and international health and human service organizations, and has been the recipient of the national Maternal and Child Health Bureau Director's Award.

Mary O'Connor

MSN, RNC, IBCLC, Manager, Community Outreach, Women and Children's Services, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

Mary is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt. In 2017, Mary spearheaded the SMHCS Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, to become the first Baby Friendly designated hospital in Southwest Florida.

Maria Somera Ram

Parent Advisor, First 1,000 Days Suncoast

Maria Somera is a parent advisor for First 1,000 Days Suncoast. She helps the initiative solve systemwide barriers by participating in regional workgroups and Parent Advisory Committee meetings. Maria is the mother of three beautiful children.

Dr. Chelsea Arnold

Initiative Coordinator, First 1,000 Days Suncoast

Prior to her current role, as First 1,000 Days Suncoast Coordinator, Dr. Arnold was as a Nurse Practitioner, where she saw firsthand the struggles families faced navigating services in the community.