Business Alliance for Early Learning

The Florida Gap Map is now available. This interactive tool helps visualize the intersection of third grade reading scores for every public school in Florida with childhood poverty rates.  Equity gaps exist in Florida and Florida’s global competitiveness depends on a quality education system. For the business community, a commitment to this education system must begin early. 

“We developed this interactive tool as the one source in Florida to show the correlations between school reading scores and poverty. The Florida Gap Map will help guide business leaders, non-profits, governments and philanthropists who are interested in helping improve
Florida’s public schools.”
                   –Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist, Florida Chamber Foundation

Visit www.TheFloridaGapMap.org  and share with businesses, educators, media and policymakers in your community to easily identify school level performance gaps, so business and community leaders can focus resources on helping close those gaps. 

To watch the webinar on the release of the new Florida Gap Map, click here.

Reading at Grade Level

Preparing Florida’s students for their future in our state’s workforce is vital and preparation must begin early. Research tells us that students who are not reading at or above grade level by 3rd grade may never catch up and have a higher risk of never graduating high school. 

In Florida, 58 percent of our state’s 3rd graders read at or above grade level- which means 42 percent currently do not. The Florida 2030 Blueprint established a goal that by 2030, 100 percent of third graders in Florida will be reading on grade level. Reaching this goal is crucial to the success of our children and to creating a strong workforce. The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Business Alliance for Early Learning is championing this effort to reach this goal.

To find out the 3rd Grade Reading scores in your county, visit www.TheFloridaScorecard.org 

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Florida Chamber: Kindergarten readiness results underscore need for early education investment

Just 57% of Florida children are ready for Kindergarten.

The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Business Alliance for Early Learning wants every child in Florida to enter kindergarten ready to learn.  That’s more difficult than it sounds.

The Florida Department of Education released Florida’s 2020-2021 Kindergarten Readiness Scores, finding that only 57% of children in Florida are ready for kindergarten. While that’s an improvement from last year’s 53%, the topline doesn’t tell the whole story. Read here.

Thousands of schoolchildren can’t read proficiently; Lawmakers want to help fix that

In some parts of Florida, from impoverished communities to affluent areas, many children are struggling with reading, a foundational skill that paves the way to student success.  But abysmal state test scores reveal that many Florida students are far behind.

Florida lawmakers, including new House Speaker Chris Sprowls, are trying to boost literacy at a time when public schools continue to work through complications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sprowls is pushing a “home book delivery” initiative for elementary students who are struggling readers. Read more here.

Three Summer Program Strategies to Address Learning Loss, Support Emotional Health

Interest in offering summer instruction and enrichment programming for greater numbers of students is building amid pressure for school systems to address students’ learning loss and social-emotional health, said National Summer Learning Association CEO Aaron Dworkin. And although there are logistical and funding hurdles to running summer programs during a pandemic, districts are getting creative by testing out unique strategies, forming new partnerships and applying lessons learned during the school year to make virtual and hybrid learning equitable and fun, Dworkin said. To view the complete K-12 Drive article, click here.

 

Business Alliance for Early Learning 2020 Webinars

If you were not able to participate in our webinars this year, or if you would like to watch them again, please click here. Copies of the presentations are also available to download. 

Early Learning and the Foundation for the Future

The Florida Chamber Foundation encourages business leaders like you to join our Business Alliance for Early Learning. Businesses from around the state are tackling a number of issues impacting children ages 0-8. 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.

Preparing our youngest students to learn establishes a foundation for future success and helps them develop important skills such as self-discipline, persistence, and cooperation–skills that are essential to their future success and a quality workforce. Establishing this important foundation is why the Florida 2030 Blueprint established the goal that by 2030, 100 percent of Florida children will be ready for kindergarten.  Join us as we engage businesses, families, and community leaders in securing Florida’s future through quality early learning.

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Florida 2030 Blueprint Leader: The Children’s Movement of Florida

The Florida 2030 Blueprint established a goal that by 2030, 100 percent of children in Florida will be ready to enter kindergarten. As we strive to reach this important goal, we are pleased to have The Children’s Movement of Florida help lead this effort.

The Children’s Movement of Florida has created the Bosses for Babies initiative which brings together business leaders in Florida who are ready to take action in support of early childhood—understanding that this is an investment both in their bottom line and in community-level prosperity. The initiative highlights the many ways Florida businesses are taking action and enables more businesses to get involved. It allows businesses to support the goal of 100% Kindergarten-readiness by 2030 and drives engagement with the Business Alliance for Early Learning, leading to more business-led advocacy for greater investment in early care and education.

 

Select this video to hear Representative Vance Aloupis, District 115; 

CEO of The Children’s Movement, and 

Chamber Foundation Trustee discuss how 

early learning creates lifelong opportunities during the 

2019 Future of Florida Forum. 

How Does Early Learning Impact a Child's Future?

Children Who Receive Quality Adult Interaction and Early Learning in Their First Years Are:

Florida’s global competitiveness depends on a quality education system, and for us, this commitment must begin early. Investing in high quality early learning can result in significant benefits. Children who participate in quality early learning programs are 80 percent more likely to attend college and their employability is increased by 23 percent.

The Business Case for Early Learning

Increasingly, early learning is seen as a crucial investment in workforce development.

Life-long Impact of Early Learning

Young children who receive a high-quality education are less likely to drop out of high school, and quality early childhood education programs increase employability by 23 percent.

  • How early is early? Read this.
  • What skills are improved by quality early learning? Read this.
  • How does access to early learning influence a child’s future success? Review this study.
  • No Small Matter is a feature-length documentary film and national engagement campaign that brings public attention to this vital question by sharing powerful stories and stunning truths about the human capacity for early intelligence and the potential for quality early care and education to benefit America’s social and economic future

Early Learning and Prosperity

Studies show that 50% of children that grow up in low-income households are already behind by the time they reach Kindergarten.

  • How does access to quality early learning differ based on socioeconomic status? Watch this video.
  • What do poverty related issues impact Florida’s economy? Read this.
  • How can one year of high-quality early education improve outcomes for low-income infants and toddlers? Read this.

Talent Gap

Business surveys indicate that finding the talent they need to fill open jobs is one of their biggest concerns.

  • What does the future of Florida’s education look like? Watch this video.
  • What industries are growing in Florida and what talent is needed? Read this.
  • What type of skills are important? Read this.

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