Board of Advisors - Oct. 30, 2017

The Children's Movement's Alachua Board of Advisors, made up of local business, education and community leaders, met last week to discuss strategies to improve the lives of the county's youngest children.

Board chair Dug Jones and Movement CEO Vance Aloupis stressed the importance of engaging the business community and state policy makers about early childhood issues. With 90 percent of brain development occurring during the first five years, research shows early learning experiences set the stage for lifelong success.

Aloupis emphasized the connection by stating that the state's "workers of [tomorrow] are in school today." In fact, the Florida Chamber Foundation has included an emphasis on early learning in its Florida 2030 Project, a blueprint for the state's future.

The board of advisors also discussed another important children's issue - creating a Children's Services Council in 2018 to help connect local agencies and services for children from birth to 5.

"The CSC opportunity in this community is huge," Jones said. "It's exciting to have so many community leaders engaged and pulling together in the same direction."

The board's next meeting will be held early next year. In the meantime, Movement staff will continue to work with board members to achieve the goals discussed at last Thursday's meeting.

For more information on ways to help Alachua's children, please contact me. Thank you.

Jeanne Boggs
Outreach and Engagement Coordinator - North Florida
Cell: 850-567-7325
Twitter: @jeanne_CMF