“The first 1,000 days of a child’s life should be at the top of the state’s priorities.”
–The Florida Children & Youth Cabinet, September 15, 2015
Making sure children’s needs are met in the first 1,000 days of life significantly improves their health, increases their chances of success, avoids a host of expensive societal problems, and makes Florida stronger.
The first 1,000 days from the start of a woman’s pregnancy until a child’s third birthday offer a window of opportunity to shape healthier and more successful children. Skills and risks that develop during this critical period form the foundation of every child’s future. Florida must prioritize its policies to support pre-natal and post-natal care, high-quality early childhood education, health care, and other prevention services. For Florida to have a sustainable social and economic future, we must invest more in families with young children.
The First 1,000 Days Florida Coalition was formed in 2014 to advocate for investments and policies that improve early childhood services and outcomes. Members include health and social service providers, researchers, advocates, and others at the state and community level committed to focusing attention on and promoting investment in this critical period of development. We are a collaborative public awareness and advocacy effort to draw attention to the importance of the critical years in a child’s life: the first 1,000 days.
The First 1,000 Days Florida Coalition is composed of groups such as Florida’s Children’s Services Councils, United Ways, Healthy Start Coalitions, and many others working together to have collective impact and advance a comprehensive and coordinated children’s agenda, including adequate funding for evidence based practice prevention programs.
Our Mission: To give Florida children the best possible start by making sure their families are prepared to provide a healthy, secure and nurturing environment in the first 1,000 days of life.
Our Vision: All Florida children reach their full potential, contributing to our state’s health, economy, talent pool and quality of life.