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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.”

Child

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Miami native Madeleine Thakur is named first woman president of The Children’s Movement

From The Miami Herald: “The Children’s Movement of Florida, a statewide nonprofit that advocates for early learning and parent support, on Tuesday announced its new president — the first woman and first mother to join the organization’s executive ranks.”

Policy

Monday, January 4, 2021

Hopes for 2021: Brain Building, Racial Equity, Policies that Serve Children and Families, Kindness, Daily Walks

From Early Learning Nation: “I hope we will see legislation in Florida in 2021 that prioritizes children. We are taking aim at enhancing quality early education for all children and at ensuring robust supports for families with young children.”

Policy

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

National Children’s Summit Takes on Soaring Child Care Costs and Impact of Early Learning

From Child’s Path: “If nothing else, this pandemic and other disasters…have shown us the absolute essential nature of child care,” said newly elected Sen. Loranne Ausley (D-Tallahassee).

Bosses for Babies

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Florida Business Leaders Have a Role to Play in Early Education

From South Florida Sun Sentinel: “We can start by helping parents with flexible work schedules during these extraordinary times — scheduling in ways that still support the business need but also allow for employees to fulfill personal responsibilities.”

Child

Friday, November 20, 2020

How much are people willing to help during COVID-19? Give Miami Day 2020 hits new record

From Miami Herald: “It was a magnificent outpouring of good and caring people building a Movement on behalf of every child in Florida,” wrote Dave Lawrence Jr., board chair and founder of The Children’s Movement.