Movement Talks - April 18, 2017

Broward County's first Movement Talks Dinner brought together 14 key community leaders Tuesday night for a profound discussion on how to make Florida the best state in the nation for young children.

The group showed particular interest in engaging local business executives to promote early learning. They felt that since young children are the workforce of the future, that would help attract more executives "to the table."

"There's people in the chamber that are starting to talk about the importance of [early learning]," said Ron Drew, vice president of marketing and communications for The Broward Alliance.

"It's about shock value," said Broward County Vice Mayor Beam Furr. "When you show people that 75 percent of children without early learning won't graduate high school, they'll do something."

Other good ideas came up during the two-hour dinner, a Children's Movement engagement event to draw attention to early childhood issues around the state.

John Hart, of Hart Consulting Group, stressed the importance of legislative engagement, saying more champions for young children are needed in the Legislature.

Dr. Barbara Weinstein, CEO of Family Central, said business leaders and the policy decision-makers need to communicate more about quality early learning. "We have to get more people to understand the significance of this issue."

If you would like to get more involved with The Movement in Broward, please contact me.

Faith Grant
Outreach and Engagement Coordinator
(c) 786-519-9992
Twitter: @CMF_Faith