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Mentoring

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Justice Department Gives Almost $11 Million To Support Youth Mentoring

From WMFE: “As people get into adulthood, it becomes harder and harder to change, so what we want to do is to make sure that children have great mentors, positive role models, the support that they need, examples and then just some fun quite frankly.”

Mentoring

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Georgia’s best pre-K teacher shows kids success is ‘more than sports’

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “His new mission is to show the students that being black and achieving success does not have to involve athletics or the entertainment industry.”

Child

Monday, October 7, 2019

Kiwanis Honors David Lawrence Jr.

From The Miami Herald: “David Lawrence pushed hard by getting a constitutional amendment to address pre-school education in Florida. He is one of the great advocates for children, especially during their early formative years.”

Pre-K

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

A bold new vision for education in Florida

From The Gainesville Sun: “The world is changing around us, and we need to plan ahead now if we want our children to have the high-quality, forward-thinking education they need to compete in a fast-paced world.”

Pre-K

Monday, September 30, 2019

All Miami-Dade Children Deserve A Good Start In Life

From The Miami Herald: “For the future of children — for the future of Florida — nothing could be more important than to insist on progress that speaks to all families, all children. It is, yes, a moral issue; it is, just as important, a practical issue.”å

Parenthood

Monday, September 16, 2019

At This Baby Shower, Knowledge on Raising Kids in Today’s Times is What is Celebrated

From The Miami Herald: “We strive to offer prenatal parents and families of young children the resources and contacts to celebrate their proud moments of being parents.”

Mentoring

Monday, September 9, 2019

United Way’s ReadingPals Looking For Mentors

From Suwannee Democrat: “ReadingPals emphasizes the importance of early literacy as a foundation for learning; around the state, many children struggle with basic academic concepts because they never learned to read.”

Pre-K

Thursday, September 5, 2019

School Readiness is a Universal Imperative

From 850 Business Magazine: “A real movement for school readiness can only be done on behalf of everyone’s child because all children need the basics: love and nurturing.”

Pre-K

Thursday, August 29, 2019

‘Every Child Deserves a Chance,’ Florida Children’s Advocate Says Before Clovis Speech

From The Fresno Bee: “All children need to grow cognitively, physically, socially, emotionally, spiritually, etc. and Fresno understands that,” Lawrence told The Bee on Wednesday.

Child

Thursday, August 29, 2019

The Children’s Movement Keeps Its Focus on Success for All Children

From GV Wire: “We’ve always been able to plan, but can we get it done? That’s where the civic infrastructure is going to be the difference.”

Pre-K

Thursday, August 15, 2019

When Children Go To School Ready To Learn, They’re Ready To Succeed, Too

From Miami Herald: “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.”

Mentoring

Monday, August 5, 2019

United Way Seeks ReadingPals Volunteers

From Suwannee Democrat: “ReadingPals are paired with struggling students. The volunteer works 1-on-1 with their assigned student for the length of the program. Books and training materials are provided.”

Mentoring

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Reading buddies needed: United Way ReadingPals looking for mentors

From Citrus County Chronicle: “With August coming up, more children will need reading buddies. ReadingPals mentors don’t have to have an education background. They just need energy, enthusiasm, and a heart for kids.”

Mentoring

Sunday, July 14, 2019

United Way recruiting volunteers for ‘ReadingPals’ program during upcoming school year

From Ocala News: “Volunteers will placed in targeted, kindergarten classrooms in 19 elementary schools for the 2019-2020 school year to assist students in building critical literacy skills.”

Mentoring

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Reading program will expand: United Way needs volunteers to serve 19 elementary schools

From Ocala Star Banner: “ReadingPals are paired with struggling students. The volunteer works one-on-one with their assigned student for the length of the program.”

Pre-K

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Aventura Mall Hosts David Lawrence, Jr. at LEVEL THREE

From Miami’s Community Newspapers: “The impact Dave Lawrence has had on the early education landscape in Florida is immeasurable. This year, the inaugural VPK class is graduating high school. Dave’s vision, mission and leadership have paved the way providing a strong start for all Florida children.”

Mentoring

Sunday, June 16, 2019

ReadingPals for kindergarteners needs volunteers

From The Lakeland Ledger: “The ReadingPals program is a fantastic opportunity to engage in students’ lives at a time when they are very impressionable and very much interested in that extra attention,” Barnett said.

Child

Monday, April 29, 2019

The Movement helped bring the KidCare Coalition to Brevard

We’d like to share an example of how The Movement works with local partners to convene community members and spread the message of the importance of the early years. This article comes from Gerrit Van Lent, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for Central Florida.

Mentoring

Monday, April 15, 2019

ReadingPals Volunteer Has Quite a Story of Her Own

From Citrus County Chronicle: “Betty Rowe has spunk and grit, and she brings it with her each week to Crystal River Primary School where she’s a United Way ReadingPals volunteer.”

Pre-K

Friday, March 29, 2019

The Gainesville Sun: The importance of early childhood education

From The Gainesville Sun: “Florida voters approved free voluntary pre-K for the state’s 4-year-olds in 2002, but lawmakers haven’t provided the funding and set the standards required to ensure the program is effective.”