Advocacy efforts for early education issues are not tackled by any single agency or organization. The Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas makes deliberate efforts to promote, participate in, and support activities with various community organizations helping children and their families.
Anyone can become an advocate for local, state, and federal issues impacting children. It’s simple to be an advocate, it doesn’t have to be formal. Sometimes just sparking a conversation can raise awareness about the importance of early care and education. It can be as simple as talking to friends, family, neighbors and others in your community, talking about the importance of early childhood education and getting the average citizen (not just politicians) to understand how early learning impacts the community.
The tools below will help to get you started in becoming a better advocate for our children.
Find Your State Legislators
Governor Ron DeSantis
Phone: (850) 717-9337
State Senator for Florida Dist. 16 (R)
State Senator for Florida Dist. 19 (D)
Phone: (850) 487-5019
State Senator for Florida, Delegation Vice Chair, Dist. 24 (R)
FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Wengay “Newt” Newton, Sr.
State Representative for Florida Dist. 70 (D)
State Representative for Dist. 66 (R)
State Representative for Florida Dist. 67 (R)
Jennifer N. Webb
State Representative for Dist. 69 (D)
State Representative for Dist. 68 (D)
James W. “J.W.” Grant
State Representative for Florida Dist. 64 (R)
Florida House Representative, Delegation Chair, Dist.65 (R)
There are 24 municipalities in Pinellas County – click on yours to find contact info for your local government and elected officials: http://www.pinellascounty.org/Municipalities.htm.
BUSINESS ALLIANCE FOR EARLY LEARNING
Florida’s future starts early. The foundation of many skills needed for 21st-century jobs is established in the earliest years. Eighty-five percent of brain growth occurs by the time a child is three and early childhood education, particularly between ages 0-8, is essential for a child’s development of both cognitive and non-cognitive skills.
The Florida Chamber Foundation encourages business leaders like you to join our Business Alliance for Early Learning. Businesses from around the state will tackle a number of issues impacting children ages 0-8. Join us as we engage businesses, families and community leaders in securing Florida’s future through quality early learning.