Past Events

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Listening Tour Findings & Next Steps

Friday, March 17, 2023 | 12-1pm


It has been an exciting ten months since the launch of The Future Project.

Phase one of the project was our listening tour: We connected with 203 parents, 153 educators, and traveled to 22 different Florida counties, hosting 40 conversations about hopes and dreams for our children and our early learning system.

Built to Thrive

Built to Thrive 2022

Thursday, October 27, 2022 | 10am-12pm

Zoom (con traducción simultánea en español)

3rd Annual Built to Thrive Summit

For the third year in a row, our agenda included national experts and local change makers, bridging the worlds of politics, business, and early childhood. We brought together nearly 600 participants in a live, virtual event with a very active chat! To view a list of resources and links shared in the live chat, click here.

Reading Pals: 10 Years

Celebrating 10 Years of ReadingPals

Thursday, June 23, 2022 | All day

Over the last decade, ReadingPals has provided volunteer mentors for more than 25,000 children in Florida and donated nearly half a million books for them to take home. Our focus has been consistent: to support and encourage an early love of reading and build community relationships. As we closed out our 10th year and prepare to launch again in the fall, we convened a virtual conference to celebrate the importance of early childhood development and the impact of ReadingPals.

The Children's Movement of Florida Live

Teachers, Not Babysitters. A Conversation with Jenny Gallego

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 | All day

We spoke with Jenny Gallego, a preschool teacher at Kinderoo Children’s Academy in Ocala, Florida, and FLAEYC’s inaugural Early Childhood Educator of the Year. She shares the joys and challenges of her experiences in the early learning space.

The Children's Movement of Florida Live

Legislative Session 2021 Recap

Friday, March 18, 2022 | All day

Learn about bills that passed this legislative session, important budget decisions and bills that didn't make it through as our president, Madeleine Thakur, speaks with Michele Watson, CEO of the Florida Children's Council.

We come together as a community to celebrate progress made before we refocus on what's next for 2022 and beyond.

Bosses for Babies Live

Bosses for Babies Live: Maximize Your Impact with Kyle Baltuch

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 | All day

Kyle Baltuch serves as the senior vice president of Economic Opportunity and Early Learning for the Florida Chamber Foundation. He spoke with Movement president Madeleine Thakur about where and how business leaders can make the biggest impact with donations of time or treasure.

Bosses for Babies Live

Bosses for Babies Live with Matthew Love!

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | All day

Matthew Love, President and CEO of Nicklaus Children's Health System, joined us for a conversation about how the hospital's family-friendly policies have evolved to better support employees and how their ENRICH Literacy Program has grown to support new parents inside and outside the hospital.

Give Miami Day

Give Miami Day

Thursday, November 18, 2021 | All day


Hosted by The Miami Foundation, Give Miami Day is the county's largest philanthropic event of the year. Last year, more than $11.5 million was raised for 750 local nonprofits. Supporters and friends of the Movement may donate online from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, November 21. On this day, your donation will be partially matched by local funders and sponsors.

Built to Thrive

Built to Thrive 2021

Friday, October 8, 2021 | All day


For the second year in a row, our agenda included national experts and local change makers, bridging the worlds of politics, business, and early childhood. We brought together more than 700 participants in a live, virtual event

Bosses for Babies Live

Bosses for Babies Live: How Your Small Business Can Make a Big Impact For Children

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 | All day

John Birney is the founder/owner of JB Financial, a financial consulting firm in Flagler Beach. Throughout his time as a business owner, he led the way for literacy in his community. His story is about leadership and the impact that a galvanized chamber of commerce can bring. Learn about how thousands of children have been served by literacy programs and how he brought those programs to life.

Bosses for Babies Live

Bosses for Babies Live: What Florida Businesses Can Do To Win The Talent War

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 | All day

The Children's Movement of Florida and Sachs Media partnered to bring Floridians a clear picture of the challenges and experiences parents have encountered relating to child care and employment before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings point to family-friendly policies as an easy way to attract and retain the best and brightest talent and diversify your workforce.

Bosses for Babies Live

Bosses for Babies Live: Family Friendly Pinellas Award Winner: Directions for Living

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | All day

President Madeleine Thakur spoke with April Lott, CEO of Directions for Living and Dr. Bilan Joseph, Director with Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County' collective impact Thrive By Five Pinellas, about what it takes to be a standout family-friendly business.

Learn how they are committed to keeping their community competitive and vibrant, while supporting the local economy and wellbeing of families with their focused policies and workplace culture.

Built to Thrive

Built to Thrive 2020

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 | All day

Ten years after The Children’s Movement of Florida began with a “Milk Party” tour engaging more than 15,000 Floridians all across the state, we decided to convene parents, teachers, business leaders, politicians, and state leaders to again focus on children’s well-being: We launched our Built to Thrive summit with more than 700 participants in a live, virtual event.

Bosses for Babies Live

Bosses for Babies Live: Meeting Employees' Child Care Needs - A Worthwhile Investment

Thursday, October 22, 2020 | All day

PGT Innovations, headquartered in Venice, FL, designs and manufactures technically advanced and impact-resistant windows and doors. They have long invested in early childhood programs in the community and, in recent years, added a health clinic and on-site child care on their company's main campus. We hear from Debbie LaPinska, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, on the return these investments have brought to the organization.

Bosses for Babies Live

Bosses for Babies Live: What Can Businesses Do For Child Care -- The COVID-19 Context and Beyond

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 | All day

This conversation features the Association of Early Learning Coalitions Executive Director, Erin Smeltzer, and Gordon Gillete, CEO, Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (former President & CEO, Tampa Electric, and President of Florida Operations, TECO Energy). We discuss how business leaders can partner with Florida’s Early Learning Coalitions to meet the early learning needs of their individual communities.

Bosses for Babies Live

Bosses for Babies Live: Mark Wilson and Vance Aloupis

Thursday, July 23, 2020 | All day

Enjoy this conversation with Florida Chamber President and CEO Mark Wilson and our CEO Vance Aloupis to learn more about why business leaders should invest in early childhood.