The Future Call

The Future Call

The Future Call

The Future Call is a community conversation about the future of early learning that takes place every other Tuesday via Zoom.

Each conversation features an initiative, best practice, or story of progress related to recommendations in Florida’s Early Learning Roadmap.

There’s still time to join us! 


Register for upcoming calls here

Past Speakers

7/9/24 - Dawn Montecalvo, President, The Guadalupe Center

Behavioral Health Initiative - Guadalupe Center (Download presentation)

6/25/24 - Crystal Sherwood, VPK Teacher, Play and Learn PreK

FLAEYC - Early Childhood Educator of the Year (Download presentation)

6/11/24 - Dr. Chelsea Arnold, Initiative Manager, First 1000 Days Suncoast

The three key components of a tri-county initiative in Southwest Florida: Care Coordination, Parent Empowerment, and Targeted Interventions. First 1,000 Days Suncoast

5/28/24 - Christine Hughes, Executive Director, Florida Association for Infant Mental Health (FAIMH)

(Monthly Office Hours can be found on our calendar:

5/14/24 - Heather Siskind, CEO, Jack and Jill Center

Family As Partners (Download presentation, Parent Series Calendar 2023-2024, Family Program Info Sheet)

4/30/24 - Dr. Herman Knopf, Senior Research Scientist, Anita Zucker Center

Creating an “informal pathway” for early learning teachers to align with higher education pathways for advancement.

4/16/24 - Brigid Kolowith, COO at the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County; Kathy Cestaro, Early Childhood Specialist at Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County

LENA Grow - Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County (Download presentation, LENA Grow Funding Guide)

4/2/24 - Wendy Occhipinti, Executive Director, Florida Association for the Education of Young Children (FLAEYC)

FLAEYC's Early Childhood Educator of the Year Award (Download presentation)

3/19/24 - Anabel Espinosa, Ph.D, Director of Research and Evaluation, Early Learning Coalition of Miami/Dade/Monroe

Best Practices in Inclusive Early Childhood Education (BPIECE) Support Services (Download presentation)

3/5/24 - Ellyn Okrent, CEO, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Inc

On-the-job Training at the Florence Fuller Centers (Download presentation)

2/20/24 - Erin Smeltzer, President & CEO, Children's Forum

Early Educator Professional Development in Florida - Resources: INCENTIVE$ Florida, T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship

2/6/24 - Cari Miller, Chancellor for Early Learning, Department of Education

HB1 Implementation: Early Learning and K-12 Portal & CCDF Plan (Download presentation)

1/23/24 - Madeleine Thakur, President & CEO, The Children’s Movement of Florida

2024 Legislative Session: Proposed Bills Aligned to Florida's Early Learning Roadmap Recommendations (Download presentation)