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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.”

Child

Thursday, March 28, 2019

David Lawrence Jr’s A Dedicated Life Book Tour

From WJCT News: “Lawrence discussed his book, The Children’s Movement, and the importance of journalism and how consuming the media has evolved over the years with us.”

Mentoring

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Want to Leave a Legacy? Be a Mentor

From The New York Times: “Older people are uniquely suited for a mentoring role. The critical skills for nurturing relationships — emotional regulation and empathy — blossom as we age.”

Pre-K

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Here’s why Florida’s conversation on early learning should focus on brain building, not babysitting

From The New Tropic: “The early years are a valuable and significant time because these connections form the brain’s foundation. It is easier and more effective to get things right the first time than return later to strengthen or shore up preventable damage to a child’s developmental process.”

Pre-K

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Moral, practical imperative for prioritizing kids' early years

From The Palm Beach Post: “Beyond what is right, prioritizing Florida’s children’s early lives is also the most practical, effective and efficient solution to numerous challenges faced by our state.”

Policy

Friday, March 1, 2019

The moral, practical imperative for prioritizing Florida's youngest kids | Opinion

From South Florida Sun Sentinel: “As state legislators come together this spring to agree on Florida’s priorities and express them in budgets and agendas, these 100 mayors hope DeSantis and Florida legislators take appropriate action as stewards of Florida’s future prosperity and prioritize early childhood when they vote.”