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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.”

Mentoring

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.”

Policy

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.'”

Policy

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis signs bills revamping early learning, literacy at West Miami Middle

From Miami Herald: “Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed into law two pieces of legislation that will reshape Florida’s early childhood learning system and create new initiatives to help struggling readers.”

Policy

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The Children’s Movement of Florida Applauds Gov. Ron DeSantis for Signing VPK Accountability Reform Legislation

From Capital Soup: “We uplift the lives of all Floridians when we measure what matters and equip parents with the tools necessary to make the best choices for their child’s learning needs.”

Pre-K

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Early learning bill will give VPK parents important information — when they actually need it

From Florida Politics: “In the age of political gossip and gotcha headlines, it’s refreshing to see the Florida Legislature come together in bipartisan unanimity to wholeheartedly embrace increased accountability for Florida’s VPK program.”

Policy

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Lawmakers Hope To Turn The Page On Literacy Issues Among Florida Students

From WFSU: “This is the first time in the history of this legislature that I have ever seen literacy tackled in such a comprehensive way where we’re focused not only on the students, but the parents and for the teachers,” Aloupis says.

Policy

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Florida Chamber launches Florida Equality of Opportunity Initiative

From Florida Politics: “On literacy, for instance, the “ReadingPals” program designed by the Children’s Movement of Florida and administered by 17 chapters of the United Way has seen substantial buy-in from Florida Chamber partners — the initiative now draws more than 2,000 volunteers across 26 counties.”

Policy

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Madeleine Thakur: Leads Children’s Movement to get family-friendly policies

From Miami Today: “Investing in thriving children and families, she said, helps us all. Today’s pre-kindergarten students are the community’s future earners and employers, and getting workforce matters right is essential.”

Pre-K

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Is your child kindergarten ready? 43 percent of students are not, according to state data

From CBS 12 News: “A new bill going through our legislature is turning the focus on to preschool education and taking a closer look at how pre-schools are preparing students for the next grade level.”

Pre-K

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

More than 40 percent of FL kindergarteners are not ready for kindergarten; ‘that’s a failure on us’

From Florida Phoenix: “Investing in kindergarten readiness is a down payment for our K-12 system and for the health and resilience of our communities. Twenty years on, we’ll get higher earners, more innovative employees and more thoughtful citizens.”

Bosses for Babies

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Social Justice Game Changer: Karen Willis

From NBA: “People in early childhood programs with their base credentials specifically focused on infant and toddler work, nobody else was doing that work in the community and the Magic stepped up and funded that for us. It has been a phenomenal partnership and to be recognized in this way for the work our organization is doing is phenomenal.”

Pre-K

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Florida Chamber: Kindergarten readiness results underscore need for early education investment

From Florida Politics: “Children who participate in quality early learning programs are 50% less likely to need special education, 50% less likely to become teen parents, and 70% less likely to be arrested for a violent crime.”

Policy

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Takeaways From Tallahassee — Balancing Act

From Florida Politics: “She and other Florida executives have joined Bosses for Babies, a group dedicated to spreading the word to employers and employees on the importance of early childhood care.”

Policy

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

New Poll Shows Working Parents Across Florida Impacted by Child Care Issues During Pandemic

From Florida Daily: “Smart companies will adopt family friendly policies that accommodate those needs and reap the benefits in productivity, employee loyalty and greater diversity.”

Policy

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

2020 Working Parent Survey Sheds Light On What Florida Businesses Can Do To Win Talent War

From Capital Soup: “Child care may also be the key to attracting a more diverse workforce since the survey showed that child care issues have disproportionately impacted Black and Hispanic parents’ ability to work, as well as mothers’ ability to work.”

Health

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

New Poll Shows Working Parents Across Florida Impacted by Child Care Issues During Pandemic

From News Break: “Now we know that family-friendly policies and practices not only help parents be their best, but also help Florida businesses attract and retain a strong, diverse workforce.”

Bosses for Babies

Friday, January 29, 2021

Super Bowl Grant Money Could Help Tampa Bay Area Businesses Become More Family-Friendly

From ABC Action News: “It’s starting the conversation with the business people around the nation that early learning is important,” Patel said.

Child

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Children's Movement of Florida selects Madeleine Thakur as new president

From Tallahassee Democrat: “Madeleine has built effective relationships all across our state—with parents, community organizations, business leaders, state agencies, and legislators. She has the skills and the spirit to help lead us toward even more progress for the children of Florida.”

Child

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Personnel note: Madeleine Thakur named president of The Children’s Movement of Florida

From Florida Politics: “Ensuring all children get off to a strong start is really the most important work for Florida’s future. I’m honored to play a role in pushing for business practices, public policy, and state investments that support families with young children.”