In Tribute to Dr. Wil Blechman – A Passionate Voice for Young Children

A tribute written by Jack Levine, 4Generations Institute It is with great sadness that I learned that Dr. Wil Blechman, a beloved friend and advocacy ally, passed away September 15th, at age 89. Throughout my 40-plus year career as an advocate for children, I have had the honor and privilege to meet a significant number of passionate and persuasive people who are both headstrong and heartfelt in their focus on improving the lives of our youngest family members. With no hesitation, I consider Dr. Wil Blechman to be at the top of the list of advocates whose keen intelligence, powerful influence and loving leadership have made a profound difference that ...Read More

2021-09-16T11:16:23-04:00September 16, 2021|Uncategorized|

End of Session Capitol Report: Victories for Kids, Modest Improvements, and Missed Opportunities

End of Session Capitol Report: Victories for Kids, Modest Improvements, and Missed Opportunities   The 2021 Session came to a close with policymakers and Floridians looking toward the future and a new normal in a freshly vaccinated pandemic world. Our nation’s strife was reflected in session with highly partisan, first-introduced bills flying through the process with party divided votes. Policymakers passed measures impacting voter laws, social media censorship, trans children’s rights, and alcohol-to-go all while grappling with the appropriate use of the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars.   Despite the polarizing issues, some significant victories for children in our 2021 Policy Playbook/ Legislative Agenda were achieved. There were ...Read More

2021-05-20T10:15:01-04:00May 17, 2021|Uncategorized|

Take Action: The U.S. Congress must prioritize increasing SNAP benefits

The relief packages passed by U.S. Congress in March are not enough to address the enormous problem of hunger nationwide and especially in Florida. Recent analysis shows that 32 percent of Florida households receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) were excluded from aid in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  This amounts to 526,632 households in Florida, including 335,349 children. Children who are hungry are more likely to be hospitalized and face higher risks of health conditions like anemia and asthma. They are more likely to repeat a grade in elementary school, experience developmental issues, and have more social and behavioral problems in school than their peers. TAKE ACTION TODAY ...Read More

2021-02-10T12:56:26-05:00July 30, 2020|Uncategorized|