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Parenthood

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.”

Pre-K

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.”

Health

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.”

Policy

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.”

Mentoring

Thursday, February 27, 2020

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.”

Mentoring

Thursday, February 20, 2020

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.”

Mentoring

Thursday, February 20, 2020

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.”

Mentoring

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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.”

Policy

Monday, January 27, 2020

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.

Pre-K

Monday, January 27, 2020

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.”

Mentoring

Friday, January 3, 2020

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

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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.”

Mentoring

Saturday, December 7, 2019

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.”

Mentoring

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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.”

Child

Monday, November 25, 2019

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.”

Child

Monday, November 25, 2019

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.”

Pre-K

Monday, November 18, 2019

Your View: The Biggest Little Change We Can Make

From PulpTown: “When nearly 50 percent of children are already behind when they begin school, we are failing our society and asking miracles of our teachers.”

Pre-K

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Encourages Literacy, Closeness and a Lifelong Love of Learning

From Palm Beach Post: “Parents and community leaders will try to set a world record on Thursday, Nov. 7 by reading en masse to young children.”

Child

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Vance Aloupis: Early childhood education is key for a prosperous Florida

From Florida Politics: “One surefire way to make sure businesses have the workforce they need for future success is through robust investments in early childhood education.”