Wednesday, October 28, 2020

How Miami’s nonprofits are battling COVID headwinds to raise money and serve community

From The Miami Herald: “Yes, it’s a terrible time, but people are stepping up.” he says. “We’ve seen this especially with organizations who have built relationships with donors who believe in the mission.”

Bosses for Babies

Friday, October 23, 2020

Mighty, Mighty Bosses

From Early Learning Nation: “Many of us have come to realize that an investment in children is an investment in all of us. These are future workers. They’re going to make our economy work.”


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Childhood education advocate Dave Lawrence honored with ‘Sand In My Shoes’ award

From The Miami Herald: “As chair of the Children’s Movement of Florida, Lawrence has helped expand access to children’s health insurance, education and literacy.”


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

300 Volunteers Needed To Help Students Improve Reading Skills

From South Florida Sun Sentinel: “Through the ReadingPals program, volunteers connect with students from pre-K to second grade in an effort to establish a love for literacy while improving reading and comprehension competence.”


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

ReadingPals Set The Stage For Future Learners

From The Daytona Beach News-Journal: “When students read with their reading mentors, they don’t see it as work, so it is no longer stressful or overwhelming. They begin to love reading.”


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

State Lawmaker, CEO Of Early Learning Nonprofit: Child Care Providers 'Need Help'

From WLRN: “They still have to pay the rent for their space. They’re still trying to pay their teachers. They still have to pay their insurance.”

Bosses for Babies

Friday, August 28, 2020

Baby talk: Business leaders say state's future workforce is at risk

From Business Observer: “Seeing that situation, a group of Florida business leaders calling themselves Bosses for Babies are championing the need for additional support for the state’s young children and their parents and caregivers.”


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Kids Get a Haircut and a Reading Lesson at This St. Pete Barbershop

From Tampa Bay Times: “I don’t take for granted knowing how to read. Being able to teach to those younger than me is something I’m dedicated to doing.”


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Opinion: Pandemic underscores the need for funding early childhood learning programs

From Tampa Bay Parenting: “Readiness doesn’t mean just knowing the academic basics. It means a child has a willing attitude and confidence in the process of learning: a healthy state of mind.”


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Florida’s top CEOs — 135 strong — call for masks and more to stem rising COVID-19 cases | Opinion

From South Florida Sun Sentinel: “Feeling safe and being safe will be the cornerstones of our economic recovery as health and prosperity are inextricably linked.”


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Non-Profit Organization Seeks Volunteers to Play With Babies

From WPTV-NBC 5: “When the mothers go to work, volunteers usually help care for the babies.”

Bosses for Babies

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Jeff Vinik invests $3 million on early learning research in Hillsborough County

From Tampa Bay Times: “The investment is part of a growing business recognition that improving education for preschoolers helps build a more talented and prepared workforce.”


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Florida’s re-opening requires support for our youngest learners

From Community News: “Florida and its business community must take several steps to ensure our early learning system survives the landscape upon which we are embarking.”


Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Waterford UPSTART: The Next Best Thing to Being There

From Early Learning Nation: “Why aren’t all four-year-olds in pre-K? For one thing, demand dwarfs supply, a result of budget shortfalls that persist despite the evidence that funding correlates with learning.”


Monday, May 25, 2020

Online pre-K may be better than nothing

From Sarasota Herald-Tribune: “There’s no such thing as online pre-K. Even though learning is happening, it can’t be what they can learn in a classroom.”


Monday, May 11, 2020

Without access to childcare, mothers struggle to rejoin labor force

From WPGL-Local 10: “Our child care industry was already in crisis before the pandemic, and we now face a potential disaster if child care is not prioritized.”


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

They’re considered essential, but child-care centers say state hasn’t done much to help

From Miami Herald: “While Florida has mandated that child care centers are ‘essential’ businesses, owners of child care centers feel they have been left behind.”


Monday, April 20, 2020

Opinion: Child care must become priority amid COVID-19

From Naples Daily News: “This isn’t only about parents having a safe place for their children to go while they work; this is about the future of Florida.”

Bosses for Babies

Monday, April 20, 2020

Mark Wilson, David Lawrence: A too-hidden key to a more rapid recovery

From Florida Politics: “If we want people back to work quickly after COVID-19, child care must become a priority now.”


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Vance Aloupis pushes state to provide child care for Florida’s first responders

From Florida Politics: “We must ensure that we are doing everything we can to support those men and women who are working each and every day to pull Florida through.”