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

Please continue to encourage your communities and networks to complete the census. At this point in time, only 58.1% of Florida homes have completed the census .
Governor DeSantis's Executive Order June 2, 2020
Governor DeSantis held a press conference on Wednesday June 3, 2020 in Orlando. He unveiled his plans to enter Florida into Phase 2 of reopening the state. You can view his full slide presentation here and the Executive Order here. Below is a summary of Phase 2.
Florida to Participate in USDA's
Pandemic EBT Program
Last week, Governor DeSantis announced that Florida will participate in the USDA's Pandemic EBT Program (P-EBT). The Families First Coronavirus Response Act allows for states to issue P-EBT as a supplemental benefit for households with children who temporarily lost access to free and reduced-price school meals due to pandemic-related school closures. Families eligible to receive free or reduced-priced school meals will automatically receive this benefit during the month of June, no further action is needed from recipients at this time.

For more information and Frequently Asked Questions about the P-EBT benefit program, please visit  https://www.myflfamilies.com/covid19/access.shtml .
2020 Census
Please Share with Your Networks!
Approximately only 58.1% of households in Florida have completed the Census.

Only 55.5% 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 health care, 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 affected 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