(The information in this post is duplicated from The Children’s Movement of Florida’s website accessed 8/11/16.)
The Children’s Movement of Florida
What is The Children’s Movement of Florida?
Citizens who have set out to make Florida the best state in the nation for young children, and believe that investment, especially in the early learning years, should be at the forefront of state priorities.
Why is a “movement” necessary now?
Florida ranks poorly in how we invest in children. Just a few statistics:
- More than 366,000 children in Florida are uninsured.
- The state’s prekindergarten program – a program which serves 175,000 4 year olds — does not meet most national standards. The State of Florida spends less than $2,437 per year on a pre-K student, but more than $69,000 to incarcerate a juvenile.
- 50,000 children are on a waiting list to access the state’s subsidized School Readiness program.
- Only 4% of Florida’s education budget is spent on programs that benefit children in the early childhood years.
Studies show that $1 invested in high-quality early childhood programs can save society at least $7 in costs associated with more prisons, more police and prosecution, more remedial programs, higher health-care obligations.
In the News
Check out trending news articles on the Movement’s website like:
- How to Use Science to Raise Brilliant Children, NPR Ed
- Forget Spanking and Time-Out to Improve Child’s Behavior, The Atlantic
- 5 Habits Your Children will Remember Most About You, TIME Magazine
- Age 5 Too Late to Start Educating a Child, Newsweek
- 5 Tips to Help Children Succeed in School, Beyond, Chicago Parent
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