Council Board Brings State and Local Leaders to Tallahassee

By Dr. Stacy Howard, Florida Children’s Council.  Earlier this month, we were honored to host a meeting that brought together a variety of state leaders and partner organizations from across Florida.  Each year, the executive board of the Florida Children’s Council convenes in Tallahassee to strategically discuss issues impacting children, youth and families.  This year, our meeting was held during opening week of the 2014 Legislative Session on March 5th.  Throughout the year, the Council works closely with partners to achieve improvements in statewide systems serving Floridians and we focus on the Council’s Policy Agenda:  1) Adequately Fund and Improve Early Childhood/Afterschool Programs, 2) Healthy Children, 3) Supports for Children and Families, and 4) Youth Services.

On March 5th, the Council brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to discuss two major areas of shared work across Children’s Services Councils: Early Childhood and Support for Children, Youth and Families.  We welcomed a full-day of facilitated discussion with panels and subsequent round tables around a broad range of critical issues.

Read our full Executive Summary Report for all the details and topics of the day by clicking here.

We extend a special thank you to each state agency leader and partner organization that took time to participate, contribute and show their commitment to our collective work!

Special Thank You:  Commissioner Pamela Stewart of the Department of Education, Secretary Esther Jacobo of the Department of Children and Families, Deputy Secretary Christy Daly of the Department of Juvenile Justice, Director Barbara Palmer of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Executive Director Shan Goff of the DOE’s Office of Early Learning, Deputy Secretary of Health Dr. Celeste Philip of the Department of Health, Executive Director Rich Robleto of the Florida HealthyKids Corporation, Executive Director of the Florida Guardian ad Litem Office,  and our partners:  Child Health Coalition, Florida Afterschool Network, Florida Association of Early Learning Coalitions, Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, Florida’s Children First, Florida Children’s Movement, Florida Coalition for Children, Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Florida Juvenile Justice Association, FSU’s Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy, Healthy Families Florida, KidsWell and United Way of Florida.