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Florida Increases Public Awareness about the Importance of the First 1,000 Days

Nov 4, 2016

Florida’s First 1000 Days Collaborative is raising awareness and building support for investing in families with children age 0-3.

Together, Florida and the First 1000 Days Collaborative have developed a common agenda for improving outcomes for young children and families through expansion of critical services and increased cross-system alignment. Specific policy recommendations include: expanding access to affordable, high quality infant-toddler child care, expanding eligibility for Part C early intervention, and increasing access to mental health services for parents and children through medical homes. Members of the collaborative include health and social service providers, researchers, advocates, and other state and community stakeholders. Since it was created in 2014, the group has engaged in a number of activities to build support for its platform, including sponsoring the state’s first multisector conference (focused on maternal and child health, prevention of abuse and neglect, and school readiness), creating a website, and designing and disseminating communication materials targeting specific constituencies, including the business community. ZERO TO THREE is providing some technical assistance to the collaborative through funding from the Alliance for Early Success.

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