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Speaking with One Voice for Children - The Florida Agenda
Florida Association of Healthy
Florida Children's Forum
Florida Developmental Disabilities Council
Florida Partnership for School Readiness
The Lawton Chiles Foundation
United Way of Florida/
Success By 6 Partnership
Center for Florida's Children
Children's Home Society
Commission on Responsible Fatherhood
Communities in Schools of Florida
Early Childhood Association of Florida
Florida Children's Campaign
Florida Head Start Association
Florida Interagency Council for
Infants & Toddlers
Florida Pediatric Society
Florida School-Age Child Care
Florida State Foster Adoptive Parent
Friends of Children, Inc.
Healthy Families Florida
Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida
Pinellas County Head Start/Early
Southeast Evaluation Association
The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation
The Family Source of Florida
The Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for
Healthy Mothers and Babies
The Mary Brogan Museum of Arts
The Policy Group for Florida's Families
VSA Arts of Florida
Kaplan Companies, Inc.
Children's Week 2002
c/o United Way of Florida
307-B E.7th Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Speaking with One Voice for Children -
The Florida Agenda
The well-being of children and families is the highest priority in Florida and public policies will be established to be consistent in their support of this priority. The key indicators of well-being are:
Children Safe in their Families and Communities. The quality of life in our communities depends upon feeling and being safe in our communities. Children are among our most vulnerable citizens. They require protection and nurturing to help them grow up to become responsible, law-abiding and nurturing adults.
Children Ready to Learn and Succeed in School. Quality early education and care beginning in the infancy period should be affordable and accessible for all children. It is the first and crucial step in creating a well-educated work force and citizenry to help build better lives for Florida's families and a prosperous economy for Florida as a whole. Our best investment is to capitalize on the capacity for young children to learn in the early years and to teach our children how to live and work in our rapidly growing and complex world. At the outset, all children should enter school ready to succeed and continue to succeed as they grow.
Stable and Nurturing Families. Florida reflects a society comprised of four generations - children, parents, grandparents and super-elder great-grandparents. For all Floridians to participate fully in society, families need to thrive - children need to be able to grow to full potential and elders need to feel secure and believe they are needed.
Economically Self-Sufficient Families. Low-income and/or single parent families, some with inadequate or unsafe housing, face extraordinary challenges in providing the basic necessities of life. Such families are vulnerable to an array of social and economic challenges: unemployment, crime, teenage pregnancy, lack of an adequate education and the need for public assistance. Eliminating poverty is an initiative likely to strengthen our communities in many ways, not just economically.
Supportive Communities. For Florida's communities to thrive and for children to grow up to become contributing adults who take their personal and community responsibilities seriously, a stable neighborhood environment that nurtures and supports the four generations represented in our communities is essential.
The key evidence-based policies and practices that are required to achieve well-being are:
|The Florida Agenda was developed by The Policy Group for Florida's Families and Children. The vision of The
Policy Group for Florida's Families & Children is that, together, we will ensure that a generation of young
people grow up to be responsible adults - ready, willing and able to contribute to self, to family and to their
community. For more information about the agenda and the work of The Policy Group, consult their website at
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