The Policy Impact Committee of the Governor’s Children and Youth Cabinet is seeking input from child advocacy groups on legislative issues in three priority focus areas to help shape the group’s work during the upcoming session.
The three areas, selected during a retreat examining data on child outcomes, include:
- Continued focus on early childhood: including prenatal, infants, toddlers because of the importance of early brain development; and school readiness for our 3 -5 year olds
- Mental health and substance abuse: children and teens with significant behavioral/mental health issues
- Child poverty: children living in high poverty areas; safe and affordable housing (and neighborhoods); accessible health care; and living wages
The three priorities are related to the vision of the group: All children in Florida grow up safe, healthy, educated, and prepared to meet their full potential. Cabinet members are interested in a multi-generational approach to these issues, as well as continuing to examine the data in these three areas in terms of race, gender, and disability.
Input from advocacy groups will be used to develop a comprehensive inventory of all campaigns and legislative initiatives on the three priorities and assist the Cabinet in developing a coordinated approach.
The Policy Impact Committee of the Children and Youth Cabinet has begun is conducting a series of working meetings with designated representatives of each Cabinet agency to identify agency efforts to address these three priority areas of concern.
Legislative priorities and issue summaries should be sent to Lindsey Zander, executive director, at [email protected] by 5 p.m. on December 12th.
The Florida Children & Youth Cabinet was created by the Florida Legislature in 2007 to foster collaboration among state agencies working with children and families.