2020 Legislative Session
We hope you have a great holiday weekend! Stay tuned as we are working on a summary analysis of Florida's FY20/21 budget along with a summary of the bills Governor DeSantis signed into law by June 30th.

Bills signed into law this week that we were following during the 2020 Florida Legislative Session:

  • SB 1326 - Child Welfare
  • SB 1292 - Public Records/Nonjudicial Arrest Record of a Minor
  • HB 945 - Children's Mental Health
  • HB 1105 - Child Welfare
  • SB 156 - Early Childhood Music Education Incentive Pilot Program
  • SB 70 - Alert Systems in Public Schools
On June 29th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Florida's $92.2 billion budget for FY20/21 into law. Before signing the budget into law, he vetoed $1 billion of budget line items in response to the economic impact of the coronavirus on the state of Florida.

Find the press release here and the Governor's summary here.
2020 Census
Please Share with Your Networks!
Approximately only 59% of households in Florida have completed the Census.

Only 56.6% 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

  • Dial 211 for mental health resources in your area

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