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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.”

Policy

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Invest in early childhood education

From The Gainesville Sun: “Quality early-childhood programs may seem expensive to provide, but not providing them is even more expensive.”

Policy

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

101 Florida Mayors to Governor: Prioritize Early Childhood Learning

From Early Learning Nation: “The Children’s Movement of Florida has pulled together more than 100 Florida mayors and got them all to sign a letter to FL Governor Ron DeSantis with a clear message: Prioritize early childhood learning.”

Pre-K

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

A Good Start For Children is a Top Priority

From The Miami Herald: “Enhancing quality in the sites that care for our youngest children cannot be done on the cheap, which is exactly what has been happening in our state. It is the long view, however, which should be driving our personal and political positions.”

Policy

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Local mayors petition DeSantis for early education

From Northwest Florida Daily News: “We know that prioritizing early childhood development is a wise investment in Florida’s future prosperity. … We ask that you make this a priority in your administration.”

Policy

Monday, February 25, 2019

Florida Mayors: Gov. DeSantis, Make Early-Childhood Education His Priority

From The Miami Herald: “Today, at least 30 percent of all children entering public school are significantly behind, and we know that most of those then fall further behind.”

Policy

Saturday, February 23, 2019

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Feb. 18, 2019

From Tampa Bay Times: “One hundred Florida mayors, from big cities to suburbia to small towns, have signed a letter asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to prioritize early childhood as he sets his agenda for Florida’s future.”

Policy

Friday, February 22, 2019

Florida mayors call for greater focus on early childhood development

From WCTV: “Most of the development, human development, takes place in the earliest years of our lives. So it’s important that we create the environment and we dedicate the resources so that all children can flourish.”

Child

Friday, February 22, 2019

Column: The moral and practical imperative for prioritizing the early years

From Tampa Bay Times: “We spend less than $3,000 a year to educate a child in pre-K, but more than $50,000 a year to incarcerate a juvenile.”

Policy

Thursday, February 21, 2019

100 Mayors Call on Gov. DeSantis To Make Investment In Young Children

From Florida Phoenix: “Whether this takes the form of support for early learning initiatives, more widespread health care for children under 5, or greater access to parenting support resources for all parents, the result is the same: a state that prioritizes children will reap rewards over time with a better workforce and lower crime.”

Policy

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Florida mayors ask DeSantis to make children a budget priority

From News 4 Jax: “Keeping them interested in learning can actually keep them out of prison. Early learning is the key … It is good for kids and is good for the community.”

Policy

Thursday, February 21, 2019

101 Florida Mayors Join Forces with The Children’s Movement of Florida

From Capital Soup: “These local government leaders, who represent millions of citizens in blue and red districts, have embraced the universal, overarching importance of prioritizing the state’s youngest children.”

Policy

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Florida mayors urge DeSantis to prioritize early education | Commentary

From Orlando Sentinel: “Getting children off to a good start is sound policy and wise investment in the future of a state we all love.”

Policy

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Mayors urge Ron DeSantis to prioritize early learning

From Florida Politics: “Mayors from across the state are urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to double down on early childhood education so the state’s generation-in-waiting can achieve higher high school graduation rates and have access to a full slate of employment and postsecondary education opportunities.”

Mentoring

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Welcoming Older Adults into the Head Start Classroom

From Medium: “Encourage volunteers to share their skills and hobbies. Invite volunteers to connect their lives to children’s interest and your curriculum.”

Mentoring

Monday, February 11, 2019

Bridging more than just a reading gap

From Sarasota Herald-Tribune: “The mission of the Literacy Lab is to provide low-income children with individualized reading instruction to improve their literacy skills, leading to greater success in school and increased opportunities in life.”