Early learning is trending — in the news, on social media, and among many state and national leaders there is a surge of discussion on the importance of child care and early learning. But has that translated into public policy changes and more importantly action? Learn more about the current funding and policy landscape of early learning and early grade success in Florida. Research informs us that investments in early learning and a focus on third grade reading proficiency enable students greater school success; however Florida currently has over 61% of fourth graders not reading at grade-level. We’ll share insights on current laws, system funding, why it matters and how to best implement a strong birth to 8 framework that supports student outcomes. A brief overview of analysis completed in partnership with the University of Florida was presented, along with tips on how to use this data to inform local and state initiatives and systems development.
Highlights from the Funders Together Florida Summer Meeting Addressing Youth Homelessness from a Funders' Perspective
August 30, 2016
Winter Park, FL
Funders Together Florida Summer Meeting
Presented by Funders Together Florida, a Florida Philanthropic Network affinity group working to end homelessness in the state.
FPN's Communications Affinity Group and Center for Disaster Philanthropy explored best practices and tools for communications professionals during crisis in this August 2016 webinar, including a live demo of the Disaster Philanthropy Playbook from Anna Hurt, CDP Disaster Management Analyst, lessons learned from Central Florida Foundation's Rachel Calderon in the aftermath of the Pulse tragedy and crisis management principles from Helios Education Foundation's Grace Maseda, APR.
In May, FPN's Education Funders Affinity Group (EAG) reported on Lumina’s latest report on attainment which, for the first time, included high quality post-secondary certifications. The Florida College System's Eric Godin presented data on how Florida is counting and increasing these certifications.
While the Florida Standards have been adopted a couple of years ago, implementation continues. Ben Jackson, partner with TNTP, shared his organization’s work in Florida which has highlighted the challenges and continuing needs for our districts to fully implement the standards.
This introduction to the Every Student Succeeds Act provides an overview of the new federal legislation replacing No Child Left Behind.