Policy Resource

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

Jul 4, 2017

Together, Florida and the First 1000 Days Collaborative 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,

• improving outcomes for infants and toddlers in child welfare through Baby Court and links to early childhood systems,

• expanding eligibility for Part C early intervention,

• promoting a medical home and access to health care for all children and providing critical mental health services to address maternal/paternal depression and infant mental health, and

• supporting economic policies that promote stable, nurturing, and self-sufficient parents through access to job training and education, Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and other tax credits.

Members of the First 1000 Days Coalition 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, designing and disseminating communication materials targeting specific constituencies, including the business community. Through funding from the Alliance for Early Success, ZERO TO THREE provided technical assistance to the coalition.

Revised July 2019