Best Practice for Integrating Children’s Services



The environment a child grows up in directly relates to how successful they will be later in life. When the developmental characteristics, interests and needs inherent in a child are not met, the child falters and ultimately can fail. The ability to meet early developmental needs associated with a child’s physical, behavioral and dental health; early care and education; safety; and food security ultimately determines a child’s pathway to success, as well as a nation’s quality of life, economic opportunity and the well-being for each succeeding generation.

The current underinvestment in the developmental needs of Florida’s children – and lack of recognition of its lifelong impact on families and Florida’s economic opportunity – has created a silent crisis. This “silent crisis” can be solved by investing in early education, supporting innovative high quality programs, integrating important developmental services and creating access to full service child care for all Floridians. Doing so will allow children to become productive and successful adults, increase the future well-being of families and create greater economic capacity and growth.


Read the full policy brief as a PDF here

  Additional Resources:

  • Map the Meal Gap 2015: Child Food Insecurity in Florida by County in 2013– Feeding America
    Report that states over a million children in the state of Florida experience food insecurity, and 70 percent are likely eligible for federal nutrition assistance.
  • Ending Child Poverty Now– Children’s Defense Fund
    Advocacy report that suggests 60 percent of child poverty in the U.S could be reduced through expanding governmental services that subsidize housing, supplement nutrition services or improve family income.
  • Florida Ranks Low for Well-Being of Children– Florida Center for Investigative Reporting
    Journal article collecting information about Florida’s ranking in child well-being (37th), economic well-being (45th) and the amount of children living in poverty (24 percent).
  • The State of Preschool 2014– The National Institute for Early Education Research; Rutgers Graduate School of Education
    State-by-state review of preschool quality benchmarks finds that while Florida’s pre-K program is among the best for participation, the program does not have enough funding to ensure that it meets national benchmarks of safety and quality.

Disclaimer: These links to third-party websites are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only. They do not constitute an endorsement or approval by The Children’s Campaign or its affiliate organizations and partners.


Special thanks to Voices for Florida and The Children’s Campaign for authoring the policy brief featured in this Candidate Connection.

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