I share this because I truly appreciate your dedication and perseverance to early childhood learning. After reading about your early reading initiative sponsored by the generous donation of Carol and Barney Barnett, I simply had to help.
I remember the day as if it were yesterday. October 13, 2005, was the day my life changed forever. I was only sixteen at the time, and scared out of my mind.
We feel it is important to partner with school-readiness families who cannot afford to pay market rate. We use the same curricula and offer the same rich learning experiences throughout the day.
Valeria Lento believes all children should have a chance at success. All over Florida, there are children on the edge of failure. The proof is in the numbers: one out of every four Florida students never graduates high school.
Dagoberto Cruz knows first-hand what a “gigantic” impact mentoring can have on the life of a child. Just 18 years old, Dagoberto Cruz’s life has not been an easy one.
Sherry Friedlander is the founder and CEO of A Child is Missing, a national and community-based program to locate missing children, the disabled and elderly during the critical first hours of disappearance.
Seven months after moving to Florida, Irina Flores-Montalban found out that
her 11-year-old son, Jose, had a blood clot in his heart and needed an
operation. She had no health insurance.
Perhaps Florida’s legislators need to go back to preschool. Then maybe they could figure out what Danyiel Louis sees as a very simple equation for the state’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergaten program. “Invest now,” she says, “or invest later.”
I am 83 and retired. My professional career covered practicing law for 17 years and almost four decades as a judge serving children and their families. The work has been rewarding but not always successful. Nonetheless, I feel blessed and grateful that what I chose was the right job for me.
When Donna’s Stone’s husband left his job as a public school teacher to pursue their dream of owning their own small business, they faced a terrifying prospect.
Alexandra DeMolina, the mother of a deaf child, wishes decision-makers
would listen more to the concerns of Florida’s parents.
I write with the wisdom of 26 years as a parent of a beautiful daughter with spina bifida. When Katie was little, I pored through books looking for anything to provide a road map. I wanted to know how other parents got through this, if they ever stopped crying, if it ever got any better."
On a beautiful Jacksonville day, I was enjoying the company of close friends at a baby shower when I got the call, "Danielle, get down to the Children’s Hospital. Joshua has had a seizure!” My perfectly healthy little 2-year-old son now faced the toughest battle of his life. When the doctors said, “Joshua has a neurological condition called epilepsy, also known as seizure disorder,” my life was radically changed.
Seth Hyman is the father of a severely disabled, medically complex and very fragile little girl. Making sure Becca gets the help she needs has been more than a full-time job for Hyman and his wife, Danielle.
For Ramona Roberts, coaching her ReadingPal students so they can experience a love of reading is why she has volunteered through the United Way of Northeast Florida initiative for the last three years.