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Vance Aloupis To Lead The Children's Movement of Florida

Vance Aloupis, who helped launch The Children's Movement of Florida in 2010, has been promoted to CEO of the early childhood advocacy organization.

"I've worked closely with Vance for more than five years now, and he is fully ready to take on even more leadership," said David Lawrence Jr., who remains the chair of The Children's Movement. "[Vance] blends great human values, purposeful energy, an eagerness to give every child every chance to succeed, and political and personal savvy and wisdom."

Aloupis, 32, who earned undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Miami, has been state director for the last four years. He oversees day-to-day operations that include building statewide awareness and support for early childhood education through organizational collaborations, regional strategies and fund-raising.

"Dave and Vance and The Children's Movement have brought much-needed attention to early childhood issues in Florida," said Carol Jenkins Barnett of Lakeland, chair and president of Publix Super Markets Charities and a Movement board member. "Vance and I have worked together for several years, and I was so pleased to hear that he would be stepping into the role of CEO - and that Dave will continue as the chair of the board."

Aloupis travels frequently to all corners of the state and beyond to promote The Movement's primary goal - making Florida the best state in the nation for young children. In the recent legislative session he championed the cause of thousands of legal immigrant children to have access to health insurance, and expansion of a round-the-clock parent resource system called Help Me Grow.

Since joining The Movement, Aloupis has also been tapped for several important leadership roles at the state and community levels. He has been appointed twice to the Governor's Commission on Community Service. He serves on the Miami-Dade College's Early Childhood Education Advisory Council, the Miami-Dade Mayor's School Readiness Task Force, and the boards of Miami Homes for All and Connect Florida.

In 2014, Aloupis was honored by The Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida with the Young Floridian of the Year award. In 2016, he was chosen for the Emerging Leader Award from the Center for Leadership at Florida International University.

"The quickest path toward real equity in our state begins with all children having a strong start during the first few years of life," said Aloupis, who is married and has two young daughters. "I am so honored to help lead an organization, The Children's Movement, that I believe whole-heartedly will change the future of Florida for the better."