2020 Legislative Session
We continue to monitor any legislative movements, and we will provide updates as they occur. Governor DeSantis has delayed his review of Florida's upcoming FY20/21 budget as he awaits congressional action on a federal stimulus package.

In remembrance of the victims of COVID-19, all Florida and United States flags will be flown at half-staff until Sunday, May 24th.

Please continue to encourage your communities and networks to complete the census. At this point in time, only 57.4% of Florida homes have completed the census.
Governor DeSantis Executive Order May 22 nd
Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-131 on Friday, May 22nd, allowing organized youth activities to operate effective immediately. As of May 22nd, all youth activities will be allowed to reopen in the state of Florida, citing research showing that kids have a lower risk of contracting and acting as a vector for COVID-19. The governor said that the decision to reopen these activities stemmed from parents being able to make the best decisions for their children’s health as the summer months approach. You can read the executive order here.
On Friday, May 15th, Governor DeSantis announced the Full Phase One plan to reopen the state of Florida's economy. Please see the below infographic released by the Governor detailing Full Phase One plans.

Additional important information for Florida's families:

  • The CDC now recommends that all Americans wear a cloth face mask when out in public. Read the CDC guidelines here
  • SNAP recipients can now purchase groceries online through the FNS Online Purchasing Portal that launched April 21st. Amazon is an eligible store in Florida. More information here.
2020 Census
Please Share with Your Networks!
Approximately only 57.4% of households in Florida have completed the Census.

Only 54.5% of households in Miami-Dade have responded.

Please 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


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