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The Children’s Movement of Florida Presents

Built to Thrive our 2020 Blueprint for Children

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

It’s been 10 years since The Children’s Movement of Florida began with a “Milk Party” tour engaging more than 15,000 Floridians all across the state. It’s time to convene parents, teachers, business leaders, politicians, and state leaders to again focus on children’s well-being.

These pandemic times have highlighted the link between positive relationships starting in infancy, high-quality early education, access to preventive health care, and financial stability for families–all critical to ensure a strong start for Florida children. And research has proven that we can expect an incredible return from investing in children and building community resilience.

Join us for a virtual summit to hear from national experts and local change makers, bridging the worlds of politics, business, and early childhood. We want strong communities and stronger families, and we want you to be part of this movement.

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Summit Agenda

Early Learning

Built to Thrive: Promoting Equity with Early Childhood Brain Science

10:00 a.m.

Join Dr. Jack Shonkoff's keynote to discuss the latest early childhood brain science and what it tells us about unrealized opportunities for getting all children off to a strong start.

Voices from Florida

10:25 a.m.

Hear from a Florida teacher, Penny Bernath, AKA Miss Penny from PBS South Florida's KidVision PreK show, and a Florida parent, Talethia O. Edwards, on what quality early learning looks like to them.

A Legislative Perspective on Child Care

10:27 a.m.

Join Senator Loranne Ausley (D) and Representative Chris Latvala (R) to learn the legislative perspective on early childhood education. They will discuss the challenges they see in the industry and how can we move forward to create quality Pre-K.

What a Racial Equity Lens Can Bring to a Preschool Classroom

10:40 a.m.

At the ages of three and four, children attempt to make sense of the world by grouping people. Nicole Martin-Bynum is a parent and early learning expert who will share her thoughts on what a racial equity lens can bring to a preschool classroom.

Early Learning as a National Security Imperative

10:50 a.m.

Rear Admiral, Don Quinn, will share why he and his other retired military colleagues at Mission: Readiness see early learning as an issue of national security.

Business Engagement

Bosses for Babies: Business Leaders Securing the Future of Florida

10:55 a.m.

Join Mark Wilson, CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, as he speaks with Chad Loar, PNC Bank Regional President for West & Central Florida. These two will speak about why smart CEOs get that early childhood is good for business.

Aligning Resources to Improve Outcomes For All: Baptist Health Care and Achieve Escambia

11:15 a.m.

Achieve Escambia is working hard in Escambia County to build on the idea that individuals exist within a larger community and system, with outstanding support from one of the community’s top employers, Baptist Health Care.

Health and Mental Health

You Can't Pour from an Empty Cup: COVID-19 and Mental Health

11:20 a.m.

Dr. Harleen Hutchinson, FAIMH Broward chapter chair, and Jackie Romillo, LCSW, Board VP of FAIMH, will speak about the challenges for young children, parents, caregivers, preschool teachers and employers during our current COVID-19 crisis.

A Healthy Child is Ready to Learn: Exploring the Intersection of Preventive Health, Child Development, and Early Literacy

11:30 a.m.

Dr. Navsaria's keynote will address how children need a safe and healthy home to succeed & what we can do to support families on their way to this goal. He will also discuss how programs like Reach Out and Read can make an impact on community health.

Speaker Bios

Keynote Speakers

Jack Shonkoff M.D.

Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health & the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., is the Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Graduate School of Education; Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Dipesh Navsaria M.D.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; Founding Medical Director, Reach Out and Read Wisconsin

Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. A pediatrician working in the public interest with graduate degrees in public health and children’s literacy.


Senator Loranne Ausley

Member of the Florida Senate from the 3rd district

Senator Loranne Ausley (D) was elected to the Florida Senate in 2020. She served in the Florida House of Representatives 2000-2008 and 2016-2020. She is a board member for the Institute for Child Success.

Representative Chris Latvala

Member of the Florida House of Representatives from the 67th district

Representative Chris Latvala (R) was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2014 and reelected subsequently. He was the Early Learning Coalition's Early Learning Champion in 2016. He is the chair of the Education & Employment Committee.

Mark Wilson

President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce

Mark Wilson serves as president and chief executive officer of Florida’s largest & most influential business advocacy organization. Wilson leads the substantial political, lobbying, grassroots, and economic research operations of the Florida Chamber.

W. Chadwick Loar

PNC Bank Regional President for West & Central Florida

Chad has recently become a Boss for Babies, and leads the regional efforts of PNC Foundation’s $500MM early learning initiative, Grow Up Great. He is a father of two young boys, ages 6 and 5.

Dr. Harleen Hutchinson

FAIHM Broward Chapter Chair

Dr. Harleen Hutchinson is an Infant Mental Health Specialist, The Broward Chapter Chair of The Florida Association of Infant Mental Health, and Executive Director of The Journey Institute, where she works with families of children 0-18.

Jackie Romillo, LCSW

Vice President of the Board of Directors, Florida Association for Infant Mental Health

Mrs. Romillo has served as a steward and advocate for young children’s social emotional development at FAIMH since 2008. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 20 years of experience.

Special Features

Nicole “Nikki” N. Martin-Bynum

Chief Vision Keeper, Higher Ground for Us All

Nicole was recently selected to be a Culture of Health Leader. A highly competitive three-year national leadership program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It fosters collaboration to build just and thriving communities.

Mark Faulkner

Baptist Health Care President and CEO

Mark Faulkner is president and CEO of Baptist Health Care, an integrated health and human services organization headquartered in Pensacola employing more than 6,500 people. Mark has more than 26 years of health care leadership experience.

Kimberly Krupa, PhD

Executive Director, Achieve Escambia

Dr. Kimberly Krupa’s work is anchored in her experience as a journalist, applied sociologist, researcher & social change leader. Born and raised in New Jersey, she received her journalism degree from The College of New Jersey.

Rear Admiral Donald P. Quinn, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Member of Mission: Readiness

Rear Admiral Quinn graduated from U.S. Naval Academy in 1979, and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1980. Personal awards include Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Bronze Star. He retired from active duty Feb, 2014.

Penny Bernath AKA Miss Penny

Education Director, South Florida PBS

Penny started her early childhood career as an active parent in the preschool program she had enrolled her children in at Nova Southeastern University. Penny has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and master’s in early childhood.

Talethia O. Edwards

Speaker, Grassroots Organizer & Coalition Builder, Toedwards & Associates Development Group, LLC.

Mrs. Talethia Edwards is a wife, mother of 10, Bond community activist, sister and friend. She is Founder and Co-chair of the Early Childhood Education and Empowerment Taskforce and a DONA Certified Doula, Advocate and Childbirth Educator.

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