Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Want To Be Part of the Solution? Become a UWBB ReadingPal

From Tallahassee Democrat: "One hour of your time each week spent helping a child in pre-K to third grade learn to read can not only put that young boy or girl on equal footing with classmates, but it also helps ensure future academic and career success."


Monday, May 2, 2022

'If we don't open, mom can't go to work' — the pandemic puts a priority on child care

From WLRN:  "Children learn how to communicate and cooperate and all of these socio-emotional skills – they develop that in pre-school. And, so, business who are saying ‘hey, I don’t have the right talent to hire.’ They were looking at their education priorities and starting earlier in the early-learning and pre-school years to say ‘This is where we need to get it right.’"


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

These four states already have universal preschool. What can Colorado learn from them?

From Chalkbeat Colorado: "When universal preschool originally launched in Florida, the vision was to offer both a 3-hour and a 6-hour preschool day, but there was never enough funding for the longer day, said Madeleine Thakur, president of the advocacy group, The Children’s Movement of Florida."


Thursday, March 3, 2022

Life lessons: Make a difference in the world, speak up and, always, keep learning

From Miami Herald: Our founder and chair, David Lawrence Jr., recently received the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce “Sand in My Shoes” Award. This is an excerpt from his speech.


Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Matthew Love Leads Nicklaus Children's Health System Through COVID

From Miami Today: “To this day, Mr. Love carries the lessons a mentor, Meri Armour, instilled in him, including that taking care of kids is the utmost privilege and priority.”


Thursday, December 9, 2021

Publix heiress and children’s advocate Carol Jenkins Barnett dies at 65 of Alzheimer’s

From The Miami Herald: “Carol, the mother of Nicholas and Wesley, understands that nothing is more important to a child’s future success than a caring, knowledgeable, loving and nurturing parent. She exemplifies the best: Caring, good, committed to making a difference. Wants for every child the same high-quality child care that her own children received. Wants every child with special needs to have a real chance to fulfill his or her potential,” Lawrence said in his remarks.

Bosses for Babies

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Child Care Benefits Attract and Retain Employees

From Inside Business: “No matter what happens in coming weeks concerning government decisions on parental leave and child care, the responsibility of creating a sustainable workforce remains with employers.”


Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Future of Florida Forum: Child Care Staffing Crisis Could Cripple Economic Comeback

From Florida Politics: “If the pandemic showed us anything, it shows that early learning is also about the worker.”


Monday, October 11, 2021

Volunteers Keep ReadingPals in the Classroom

From Citrus County Chronicle: “The grant program is measured for success. Reports show that the children who participate in ReadingPals have greater learning gains than those who don’t.”


Monday, August 16, 2021

Keys to Society's Future: Quality Child Care, Improved Reading Skills for Children

From Palm Coast Observer: “By the year 2030, Florida’s goal is to have 100% of kindergartners ready for school and 100% of third graders reading at grade level.”


Thursday, August 12, 2021

ELC Needs Volunteer Readers in Clay County

From Clay Today: “Reading to young children sets the groundwork for a child’s future ability to read and learn,” said ELC Early Literacy Coordinator Joan Whitson.


Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Breastfeeding Women, Children Need Support of Employers, Community

From Tallahassee Democrat: “Promoting breastfeeding is beyond just the responsibility of those in the labor and the delivery room. It requires a communitywide, public health approach.”


Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Biden’s Pre-K Proposal Faces Questions From Republicans Over Federal Role

From Wall Street Journal: “Vance Aloupis, a Republican state representative in Florida who worked on recent preschool legislation in the state, said that he is happy early childhood education is getting attention. But he said any federal investment should give state leaders flexibility. ‘I don’t think it would be wise to have a one-size-fits-all conversation. There has to be significant flexibility provided to the states.'”


Friday, June 18, 2021

Statewide Advocacy Efforts Lead to Big Wins to Strengthen Florida’s Early Childhood System

From Alliance for Early Success: “Florida’s youngest children and their parents are big winners with this legislation to enhance Florida’s VPK program and put a greater value on early learning,” said Madeleine Thakur, president of The Children’s Movement of Florida.”


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Florida Chamber Learners to Earners Summit Will Outline The Workforce Needs of Tomorrow

From Florida Politics: “House Early Learning & Elementary Education Subcommittee Chair Vance Aloupis, a stalwart advocate for early education, will bring it home in a discussion with Children’s Movement of Florida President Madeleine Thakur titled ‘Where do we go from here? Policy that aids education.’”


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Transforming Child Care Access is Key to a Just Recovery

From Florida Policy Institute: “As the state emerges from the pandemic-induced recession and health emergency, policymakers need to better understand the status of child care in Florida and the significant policy opportunities that lay before them.”


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Last Call for 6.15.21 — A Prime-Time Read of What’s Going Down in Florida Politics

From Florida Politics: “When you think of the state’s workforce, toddlers don’t usually come to mind. But that’s exactly how Miami Rep. Vance Aloupis thinks about Florida’s future.”


Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Reading Tutors Help Prepare Early Learners For Kindergarten

From K-12 Dive: “We only get one chance to do early childhood right, so we want to be able to give children and organizations the opportunity to be able to have the best opportunities for the future.”


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

On Pre-K, America should follow Florida’s lead ... and Florida should do better

From Orlando Sentinel: “State Rep. Vance Aloupis, a South Florida Republican who also serves as CEO of the nonprofit Children’s Movement of Florida, said lawmakers want to be able to look parents in the eye and say: ‘This is a quality program.'”