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President and CEO, Evelio C. Torres

A Message from our President:

Dear Friends:

Governor Ron DeSantis opened the 2019 Florida Legislative session on March 5th.  There are already a number of early learning related bills that have been filed.  Included in those bills are HB 871, SB 970, and SB 1144.  The first two require communication and collaboration on transition to kindergarten between public school principals and private child care providers.  The third bill provides a child care subsidy for foster parents.  Please click on each bill for additional information and to read the text of the bill.  We will keep you posted as these bills move through the committee and amendment process.

The Coalition recently hosted a regional Transition to Kindergarten Symposium sponsored by the Office of Early Learning and facilitated by The Children’s Forum.  The symposium brought together providers, community partners, and team members from several state agencies, with the purpose of starting a dialogue about how we can begin to develop a local strategy to help children make a successful transition to kindergarten.  Several of these symposiums are scheduled throughout the state for other communities to complete the same process.  The Office of Early Learning has additional information about transition to kindergarten on the website at

Our annual Children’s Week celebration is scheduled for March 15th.  Please join us at the Miami Children’s Museum from 4 pm to 8 pm for a good time.  Admission to the museum is free; sponsored by Target, so it’s a great opportunity for families to explore all the museum has to offer.

We want to encourage all providers to stay up to date on the changes that are coming as a result of the passage of House Bill 1091.  Many of these changes will significantly impact how the School Readiness Program will operate beginning July 1, 2019.  Our news alerts, provider meetings, and provider orientations are designed to provide you with information on the changes, the latest updates and to answer any questions you may have about the House Bill.  For a listing of upcoming provider orientations sessions click here.

As always, we thank you for your partnership and encourage you to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for up-to-date information on our programs and events. 


Evelio Torres

President and CEO