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The Children’s Movement of Florida is a nonpartisan movement of Floridians advocating for high-quality early learning opportunities, access to children’s health care, and parent support programs in Florida.

The Children’s Movement of Florida is chairing the state’s Early Learning Consortium, which is working to establish clear early learning standards of quality and measures of accountability in alignment with K-3 standards.

State Allies:

The Children's Movement of Florida • Miami, FL
Florida's Early Learning Consortium • Tallahassee, FL
Top Priorities for 2021

Ensure COVID-19 child care recovery funds are allocated equitably and according to varying local needs across the state.

Preserve recent funding increases for pre-k and subsidized child care.

Continue to increase quality in pre-k through legislation that recognizes positive teacher-child interactions and social-emotional growth over narrow early literacy measures.

Increase compensation and professional development for Florida’s early childhood workforce.

Increase understanding of infant mental health and push for related health care supports for mothers and babies.

Promote the expansion of family-friendly business practices and policies that support parents and community-level prosperity.

Florida’s 2020 Early Childhood Policy Landscape and Progress:

$34.24B STATE BUDGET
Estimated FY20 State General Fund Expenditures

ALIGNED GOVERNMENT
House (R), Senate (R)
Governor (R)

44% LOW-INCOME
885,829 Young Children (0-8) are Below 200% FPL

The pandemic expanded Children’s Movement’s scope of work, which led to some pandemic-related policy wins.

*Early childhood policy progress in a state is the result of numerous efforts — by those listed on this page and many others — who worked both independently and collaboratively to achieve wins for young children.

More from Florida:

Download the full 50-State report.

The Alliance for Early Success 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Policy expands state data (disaggregating low-income young children by race) and provides high-level state policy trend analysis for the nation as a whole. Click the icon to download the report.

State Budget Data: National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), “Table 4: Fiscal 2020 State General Fund, Estimated (Millions); The Fiscal Survey of the States.” Spring, 2020

Low-Income Data (including disaggregation by race): National Center for Children in Poverty, “NCCP Analysis of ACS 1-year Estimates—Public Use Microdata Sample, 2019.”

State Action Data: Provided by state advocates, October-November 2020, with analysis and synthesis by Frontera Strategy for Alliance for Early Success, “Protecting Progress and Investing in Scale: The 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Education Policy.”

Additional State Actions: Mincic, Melissa,  Early Care and Education, State Budget Actions, Fiscal Year 2020. National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), October 2020. 

 

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape Florida early childhood state policy.

Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments

Consulting and Strategy

Technical Support from National Expertise

Rapid Response Support

Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States

Roles in National Communities of Practice