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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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

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.”


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.”


Couple Works With Reading Pals Program, Makes a Difference

From Citrus County Chronicle: “Norma and Russ Brondyke, who have been mentoring in Citrus County schools for the past 26 years, added the “Reading Pals” program of United Way as one of their new assignments last year.”


Mentors Helping With Student Confidence

From Ocala StarBanner: “It helps encourage them so that they don’t shut down. We just need people who are willing to volunteer their time to come in and sit with kids to help them.”


Connecting Police With Kids in Need

From South Florida Sun Sentinel: “Not only can we help guide these young people to a place where they are fully empowered to ultimately stand tall as confident adults, but we also can build stronger bonds between law enforcement and the families and communities they serve.”


Orlando Barbers, Fathers Make Impact on Central Florida Community

From Click Orlando: “Every year, the barbers, who are also fathers, give away free haircuts to kids as they head back to school. They also donate tons of free backpacks with paper, pencils and other school supplies.”


Florida lawmakers throw support behind major pre-K reform bill

From Tampa Bay Times: “After almost 15 years, we will finally have the ability to know which pre-K programs are truly serving our children,” Aloupis said.


Give Florida families the high-quality pre-kindergarten that they voted for | Opinion

From The Miami Herald: “A genuine high-quality VPK program would have standards that are developmentally appropriate and measured in a way that incentivizes the best teaching practices.”


Volunteer To Help Kids Read

From Citrus County Chronicle: “One hour per week has the possibility to change a young life — and to change yours.”


Mentoring Matters: Mentor Uses Hip Hop To Help Teach A “Path” To Success

From CBS Miami: “The goal of ‘PATH’ is to inspire, educate and entertain, while challenging negative stereotypes and destructive behaviors often associated with hip hop culture.”


Head Start, Cade Museum promote male involvement

From The Gainesville Sun: “It was held for the second consecutive year to encourage fathers and other male figures in the lives of students in Head Start to help those kids understand the importance of getting a good education and being productive citizens.”


Clay County School raises grades with new mentor program

From Action News Jax: “Research shows that the more adults that speak into a child’s life, the more successful they’re going to be.”


Caribbean nonprofits excel during Give Miami Day

From South Florida Caribbean News: “The Children’s Movement of Florida received the highest number of individual gifts, an impressive 727 donations, totaling $247,143.”


Education and Children Are The Winners in Give Miami Day’s Record Breaking Haul

From The Miami Herald: “Give Miami Day 2019 has raised more than $14 million in the past 24 hours — breaking last year’s $11.5 million record by a landslide.”