When Businesses Support Families, Everybody Wins
Bosses for Babies is an initiative that brings together business leaders in Florida who are ready to take action in support of early childhood—understanding that this is an investment both in their bottom line and in community-level prosperity. Our initiative highlights the many ways Florida businesses are taking action and enables more businesses to get involved.
This initiative contributes to our partnership with the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It allows businesses to support the goal of 100% K-readiness by 2030 and drives engagement with the Business Alliance for Early Learning, leading to more business-led advocacy for greater investment in early care and education.
We know high-quality early learning is an important piece of this work, but business also plays a vital role in the early childhood conversation because bosses have a direct impact on the adults most important for a young child: their parents.
The Movement is seeking new business champions to join Bosses for Babies and inspire others to take action statewide. Business leaders can make a commitment – big or small- to show support for their employees.
- Start the conversation. Ask employees about their families and their childcare choices; listen. Be vocal when you are prioritizing family so others know it’s part of your culture.
- Give or volunteer. Support an early learning center in your neighborhood. Sponsor an event in your community promoting early literacy, children’s health, or supporting parents of young children.
- Share information and resources. Host an internal lunch & learn on the importance of the early years. Make information and resources available for employees. Talk to other business leaders about why everyone wins when we support families.
- Update policies. Develop or strengthen family-friendly policies—written in the employee handbook. Whether a change includes flexible hours or shifts, remote work options, child care subsidies, or paid family leave, this investment in your employees strengthens workforce productivity and your bottom line.
- Advocate. Join the Florida Chamber’s Business Alliance for Early Learning. With a critical mass of members, this group can speak with a strong voice in Tallahassee.
Business leaders know we need to do better
The latest data shows Florida’s kindergarten readiness rate sitting at 53%. This means nearly 90,000 children entering the K-12 system are deemed “unready,” 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.
See What Other Businesses Are Doing
Our first Bosses for Babies company, Tallahassee-based Ruvos offers extensive flexibility for employees and space on site for child care.
Email Daniela Villasmil for more information at Daniela.Villasmil[at]childrensmovementflorida.org.