Providing tools to assess the needs of Florida's children and their families.

Providing tools to assess the needs of Florida's children and their families.

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Children’s Week 2/5/16

The Florida KIDS COUNT team has recently returned from our very first visit to Children’s Week in Tallahassee. This annual celebration of Florida’s children draws nearly 5,000 children, parents, advocates, teachers, and others to the Florida Capitol to deliver the message that every child in Florida must be healthy, ready to learn, and able to achieve their full potential. We were very inspired by the great energy that was marshalled in support of our state’s youngest citizens. There were so many great resources represented that deserve our lawmakers’ attention, including Florida KIDS COUNT. Our goal is to provide information so that people can make good decisions about Florida’s children and hopefully our presence there reminded folks about how we can support them in getting the word out about their particular resource or service. Below are some great resources related to the critical issues that were shared during Children’s Week.

Let’s start with the Storybook Village - oh my word! Curious George, Dora the Explorer, USF’s HIPPY program! All hands were on deck to promote early learning, and KIDS COUNT has the data to help make the case for its importance. Download KIDS COUNT's publication Early Reading Proficiency in the United States

Right now the legislature has a focus on keeping juveniles who have committed non-violent crimes out of the adult system. This is also an issue that disproportionately effects children of color and one that Florida KIDS COUNT reports on annually. See our At-A-Glance Statewide Fact Sheet. We have other information on youth involved in Florida’s juvenile justice system there too.

Oh and healthcare? The bill to extend Medicaid to legal resident children is moving through the Legislature now too. While we don’t have anything on that yet (stay tuned though!), we did publish a policy brief on who is insuring Florida’s children currently and how insurance helps not just the child, but the family and community around them.

Child welfare reform is an annual issue, as it should be, and there are several bills moving forward related to that, one that concerns group care for foster children. The Annie E. Casey Foundation has published a state by state comparison of the proportion of children living in group settings and how to support those children.

Browse our website for more information on Florida’s children and families. If you don’t see what you are looking for, drop us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., give us a call (813) 974-7411. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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