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When Businesses Support Families, Everyone Wins

Nearly 200,000 children enter kindergarten each year in Florida and almost half of them are not “ready” to learn. This is a reality business leaders can contribute to changing–whether through community involvement, family-friendly practices in their business, or using their voices. 

Bosses for Babies is an initiative that brings together business champions for early childhood, highlighting the many ways companies can make an impact and inspiring others to take action. These Bosses understand that investing in young children and families is an investment both in their bottom line and in community prosperity. 

Are you ready to be a Boss for Babies? Make the commitment that’s right for your business.

See What Other Bosses Are Doing

Eddie Gonzalez-Loumiet

Our first Boss for Babies, Eddie Gonzalez-Loumiet offers extensive flexibility for employees and promotes a family-friendly workplace.

Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson is a strong advocate for high-quality early learning, highlighting the importance of these investments for Florida's future prosperity.

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Aakash Patel

Aakash Patel is a business leader, political advocate, and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Early Learning Coaliton of Hilsborough County.

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John Birney

John Birney and his sons own and operate a sucessful financial advising company all while championing early literacy initatives in their community.

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Philippe Jeck

Philippe Jeck is a strong advocate for early learning and community investment. He is committed to advocating for family-friendly policies in Florida.

Cressman Bronson and Chad Loar

Cressman Bronson and Chad Loar are both PNC Florida leaders, understanding the importance of early learning by the impact of the Grow up Great program

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Kelly Flannery

Kelly Flannery’s involvement in the Tampa community runs deep, especially when it comes to mobilizing the business community to support education.

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Stephanie Bailes

Stephanie Bailes, leads the Cade Museum in Gainesville, FL. She is a strong supporter of early childhood development and supporting community parents.

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Michelle Kapreilian

Mrs. Kapreilian is the CEO of Forty Carrots Family Center in Sarasota, FL. She is dedicated to creating a healthy community by putting parents first.


Elizabeth Reedy Foley

Ms. Foley sees the importance of supporting families through her leadership. She has dedicated her career to bettering the future of children.

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Jeff Jackson

Jeff Jackson, CEO of PGT Innovations, is a leader in production of impact doors and windows. His company provides on-site childcare and healthcare.

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Rebecca Massicotte

Rebecca Massicotte, CEO of Red Fox Delivery, works hard to ensure a family friendly culture with her office staff and over 150 contracted employees.

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Heather Siskind

Heather Siskind, President and CEO of The Jack & Jill Children's Center dedicates herself and her center to helping the community and its families.

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Mark Faulkner

Mark Faulkner is committed to the well-being and development of all children. He leads community efforts as the Achieve Escambia chair.

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Quint Studer

Quint Studer is a Pensacola businessman who spearheaded the effort to make his city the first Early Learning City.

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