Board of Advisors - May 22, 2017

Leaders from the business, education and health communities in the Space Coast came together Monday to discuss how to make Florida the best state in the nation for our youngest children.

The first meeting of The Children's Movement's new Brevard County Board of Advisors took place in Rockledge, where members talked about how to increase the quality of early learning, educate health professionals on the importance of early intervention and engage legislators on issues affecting our state's most vulnerable population - children.

Board member Dr. Steven R. Hicks, senior editor of SpaceCoast Living/Business magazines, suggested inviting a local pediatrician to future meetings to help strategize an action plan toward making sure every child in Florida has access to a pediatrician, a key Movement goal.

Other members brought up how the Board of Advisors and The Children's Movement can make a big difference in helping Brevard's youngest children.

"Discussing the needs of families from different perspectives and sharing information and ideas provided me a deeper understanding of how we can work together to achieve our goals of benefiting Brevard's children," said Cherie Cook of Eastern Florida State College.

"The Children's Movement is a well-organized group with a clearly defined mission - improve the lives of children. The advocacy that they are doing in the areas of early education and pre-K healthcare is needed at both local and state levels," said fellow board member Enrique Perez, of Florida Institute of Technology College of Business. "Groups like the Children's Movement clarify needs so that communities and our state can make meaningful forward progress."

The board plans to hold two more meetings by the end of the year. For more information about the board's work or early childhood issues in the Space Coast, please contact me. Thank you.

Michael C. Hadee
Outreach and Engagement Coordinator