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Cindy Arenberg Seltzer: Care for Florida’s children

We are fortunate to live in a place where many want to come seeking a new life, because this country remains The Land of Opportunities, and this region is one of its most desirable for them and their children. By uprooting from their original country, they bring fresh energy and ideas. Children from these families, like all children, are prone to typical pediatric illnesses that, if unchecked, can worsen and even have serious life-long consequences. Prior to 2009, federal law mandated a five year waiting period for legal immigrants — including children and pregnant women — to apply for and receive social service benefits such as Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Our Opinion: Children’s week – One week reminds us of an obligation we carry year-round

Today at noon, the Capitol rotunda will begin its annual transformation from a place usually “decorated” by important people in dark suits to one brightened by thousands of tiny paper hands. The “Hanging of the Hands,” which displays cutouts collected throughout the state by Early Learning Coalitions, announces the start of Children’s Week. It might be only one week, but it tells lawmakers that children are something with which we all should be concerned 52 weeks of the year.

Children’s Services Council of Broward is doing its job well

In 2000, the voters of Broward County made a commitment to create an agency with a dedicated funding stream focused solely on children. Since then, the Children’s Services Council of Broward County has served over 100,000 children through a wide variety of effective programs including: academically-supportive pre-school and out-of-school programs for economically disadvantaged children and those with special physical or developmental challenges, programs for grandparents raising their grandchildren, programs that empower young adults to become leaders and embark on a life of success, and programs that help youth who have committed minor offenses get back onto the right path.

Bill would extend subsidized healthcare coverage to immigrant children

Since she moved to Central Florida three years ago, Severiana Novas-Francois has been unable to take her daughters to the doctor. The reason: Children born outside of the United States must wait five years before they qualify for the subsidized health insurance known as Florida KidCare.

Children’s services could see big gains in budget

Thanks to a budget surplus and an election year, Florida’s children could gain protection, education, developmental screening and other services during the upcoming legislative session.

Preschool kids and parents would benefit if Gov. Scott prevails on new budget

Hundreds more children in Northeast Florida will able to go to pre-kindergarten next school year, if higher funding in Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed budget is approved by the Legislature.

Governor Scott’s “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget”

Introduction from Governor Rick Scott For Full Budget click here. Our executive budget for 2014-2015, the “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget,” reflects our commitment […]

Early childhood advocates pay a visit to select daycares

Last week Wednesday, three daycares received a visit from some of Miami’s top advocate programs for early childhood education. David Lawrence, executive director and founder of the Early Childhood Initiative Foundation was in attendance when he and others stopped by Sheyes Learning Center, Excel Kids Academy and Room To Bloom daycare.

Budget deal expands some early childhood programs

Tens of thousands more American babies, toddlers and preschoolers would be eligible for early childhood programs under a budget deal reached by lawmakers that advocates hailed as an encouraging sign that Congress is committed to early education programs. They are hopeful the next step will be the icing on the cake in early childhood education: Passage of universal preschool for 4-year-olds.

Governor Scott’s “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget” Proposes More Than $31 Million in Additional Funding to Protect Children

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that his 2014-2015 “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget” commits more than $31 million for child protection services. The additional dollars would be targeted at protecting at-risk children and families by expanding investigation initiatives that are currently being piloted by the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Better Early Reading Translates to Better Economy

Imagine you’re 9 years old. You’re holding a book and diligently sounding out the words, but you’re just not grasping the meaning. Maybe you’re embarrassed or frustrated. Maybe you’re ready to give up. It’s critical that you don’t. Although you don’t know it, chances are your future is riding on how well you read – and so is our community’s.

South Florida 100 Oct. 13, 2013

100 of South Florida’s most influential people weigh in on current events, including Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, president of the Children’s Services Council of Broward County. Read her thoughts on the biggest stories of the week and see what she thinks will make headlines next week.

O’Toole again sets sights on early learning

“There is work to be done,” said Rep. Marlene O’Toole, R- Lady Lake, at the conclusion of a House Education Committee on Thursday. O’Toole, the committee’s chair, wants to identify and plug holes in Florida’s system of early learning programs.

Federal cuts hit Early Head Start Program

Daycare infused with teaching early learning benchmarks will be harder than ever for some of Tallahassee’s working families and college students. Faced with budget reductions stemming from federal cuts known as sequestration, Kids Incorporated of the Big Bend must cut $173,062, a 5.25-percent reduction, from the agency’s Early Head Start Program. The cut represents the largest cut since the program was established in 1998.

Bill would expand Kidcare coverage

Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami, will try again in 2014 to extend health coverage to the children of legal immigrants. Diaz filed HB 7 Monday to repeal a provision denying coverage under Kidcare to a child who has been in the U.S. for fewer than five years.

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