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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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).
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.