2020 Legislative Session
Governor DeSantis's Re-Open Task Force
This week, Governor DeSantis assembled a statewide task force to advise how and when to reopen the state of Florida in response to the shutdown caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Members of the Re-Open Task Force are broken up by industry specific and are under a tight deadline to provide recommendations on how to re-open Florida. Members are expected to provide initial recommendations by the end of this week for review and a full report should be presented next week.
 
Re-Open Florida Working groups and Members:
  • Executive Committee
  • Industry Working Group on Agriculture, Finance, Government, Healthcare, Management and Professional Services
  • Industry Working Group on Tourism, Construction, Real Estate, Recreation, Retail and Transportation
  • Industry Working Group on Administrative, Education, Information & Technology, Manufacturing, Utilities and Wholesale

Full list of working groups and members: Members of the Re-Open Task Force Industry Working Group
Early Education During COVID-19
Childcare and early education centers are considered essential during the efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. See below for some articles highlighting the importance of keeping these often small businesses operating to help the state recover from the effects of COVID-19.

From EdSurge : “With doctors and nurses, you want them not only physically present to do their jobs, but emotionally present, and they can’t do that if they’re worried about their 2- or 3-year-old.”

From Florida Times-Union : “Without child care, we don’t have health care workers. We’re trying to get ahead of the issue before essential employees are having to call out of work to prioritize the safety of their children.”

Thank you to the Children's Movement of Florida for compiling these articles.
2020 Census
Please Share with Your Networks!
If you have not done so already, please take time to fill out the census. Reach out your networks and remind them that federal funding for Florida relies on an accurate count. Programs for healthcare, education, transportation and housing; strategic planning for private and public organizations and representation depend on an accurate count.
 A complete and correct count in Florida’s communities help young children thrive because communities will receive their fair share to support programs, such as health insurance, hospitals, child care, food assistance, schools, and early childhood development.

We continue to urge you to help us spread the word to please complete the 2020 Census at http://2020census.gov/

The Census is safe, it's easy, it's important!
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Resources during COVID-19
As the state of Florida, along with the rest of the country, reacts to the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have compiled a snapshot of resources available below:

General Information

  • 211 Helpline Florida - The United Way is aiding those who are effected by COVID-19. If you or somebody you know needs help, please reach out through calling 2-1-1 24/7 Call 2-1-1, available 24/7

School Aged Resources


Food Assistance
 

Mental Health


Re-employment assistance


Business and Non-Profit Assistance

Webinars

C.A.R.E.S. Act Webinar curated for The Children's Trust

For more information, please contact
Donovan Lee-Sin, Chief Public Policy & Engagement Officer at