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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Built to Thrive: Promoting Equity with Early Childhood Brain Science
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
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
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
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
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.
Bosses for Babies: Business Leaders Securing the Future of Florida
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.