Top Stories2021-02-17T01:59:36-05:00

The #1 New Year’s Resolution for all Floridians

About one in three of New Year’s resolutions are broken before the end of January. This year, there’s one resolution that every family, community, advocate and leader in Florida must keep: making sure all children are counted in the 2020 Census. Children Often Undercounted in the Census Over two million children were missed being counted in the 2010 Census – more than 71,000 in Florida alone. This undercount hit Florida families hard – over $67 million in funds were lost EACH YEAR for Foster Care, Adoption, Child Care and Children’s Health Insurance Program. Florida Can’t Afford Losing More Funds But the undercount also hurt funding for our schools, roads, Medicare, Medicaid, emergency ...Read More

By |January 6, 2020|Breaking News, Top Stories|

Tampa Bay Times: Opposition grows to “ludicrous” secure facility for traumatized teens

Thanks to American Children's Campaign and our supporters, opposition is growing to a proposal by the Circuit 13 Ad Hoc Committee for Dually-Involved Youth. As outlined in today's Tampa Bay Times, the Hillsborough County Sheriff and Commissioners are deeply concerned, calling the plan "ludicrous" and "no different than arresting them." RELATED COVERAGE:  Slow the Rush to Lock Up Problem Kids

By |October 17, 2019|Breaking News, PopUp, Top Stories|

New Reports Unveil Unchecked Crisis Among Florida Girls

Disconnect Between Current Needs and Interventions Contributes to Systemic and Youth Failures Roy Miller, Vanessa Patino Lydia and Dr. Lawanda Ravoira In a crowded room at the Florida Press Center, American Children's Campaign in partnership with the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center released new research of the status of Florida girls that shows astounding rates of violence and victimization of girls in their local communities and schools, particularly girls of color and those identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or unsure. Girls living in rural areas also experienced more reports of bullying, less access to a safe parent or teacher and an increased frequency of below average or failing grades. Although reform for ...Read More

By |September 25, 2019|Breaking News, Top Stories|

Penny-Wise and Pound Foolishness in Child Welfare – Again

As American Children's Campaign and a few other advocacy groups predicted, well-intentioned federal legislation known as The Family First Prevention Services Act is wreaking havoc as states struggle to comply with limiting use of residential group homes in foster care. It has been our position - and continues to be - that quality-run residential group homes are a good fit for certain segments of kids – large sibling groups, abused children who are sexually reactive and chronic runaways to name just a few. The real issue isn't the appropriateness of group homes which some would lead you to believe. It's the cost. It's far cheaper for states to pay low monthly rates ...Read More

By |July 12, 2019|Breaking News, Top Stories|

Remembering Art O’Hara

In Ancient Greece, it was believed that champions were placed as constellations in the night sky to provide immortal guidance to those who follow. For thousands of children, families and advocates in Florida, our night sky changed on June 25th, 2019 with the passing of Art O’Hara. Art was the consummate child advocate and proactive champion for all things kids and families. He was a good friend of American Children's Campaign and to our founder Roy Miller for more than four decades and a wise and trusted leader of R’Club for nearly two decades. He will be sorely missed. So that he can rest in peace, all of us must commit to ...Read More

By |June 26, 2019|Breaking News, Top Stories|

Top 5 Recommendations for Improving Pre-K Quality

Governor Ron DeSantis has wisely called on Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to carefully study the high failure rate (42%) of Florida’s Pre-Kindergarten program. One insight we believe will evolve from this examination is a growing awareness that Florida’s four-year olds and their families have been unwitting pawns in a stalemate game over Pre-K quality.   Breaking the Stalemate Providers across Florida point to the low reimbursement rate and partial day program and ask how they can possibly provide quality with a low-skilled workforce. They say State “higher-ups” in years past have pushed new slots and not quality or longer length of school day. Some State officials wonder why we should invest ...Read More

By |May 22, 2019|Breaking News, Top Stories|