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Throughout our history, United Way of Northeast Florida has worked tirelessly to improve people’s lives and build strong communities. With our focus on community impact, United Way has a key role to play in advocating for good public policy.

The  government is a critical decision-maker and the major provider and funder of health and human services in Florida and throughout our country.United Way of Northeast Florida’s active engagement in public policy seeks to ensure that the priorities of our policy makers are aligned with our goals in the areas of education, income and health.

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As the 2014 Florida Legislative Session is now underway, important issues dealing with Florida’s Early Learning system are being debated. As a stakeholder in early education, our goal is to proactively advocate for policy changes that will improve the chances for our children to succeed.

On Tuesday, April 8, United Way of Northeast Florida advocates visited the Florida Capitol during Children’s Week. Their primary message was an increase in funding for Florida’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten and School Readiness programs.

UWNEFL Early Learning Budget Position (PDF)

In the News Gov. Rick Scott visits Jax to promote early learning

Scott highlights increases to early learning funding, kindergarten performance

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott visited an early learning center in Jacksonville on Friday morning to push his education agenda, which includes a $100 per student enrolled in voluntary pre-kindergarten.

“Children who get a quality early learning opportunity are on the right path for success in school and in life,” Scott said. “Investing in early learning is an investment in the future of our children, our families and our state. The additional $100 per child budget increase for VPK will help ensure that our VPK students are better prepared from kindergarten.”

More than 174,000 children were enrolled in VPK as of January. Read more.

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Florida’s 32 United Ways lead the state in investing private contributions, generously provided by people from all walks of life. We focus their investments on the issues they say matter most to them -  education, income and health. Creating lasting and positive change, United Ways are local people solving local problems with local solutions; people and communities that Live United.

Florida’s United Ways support a range of issues to advance our collective mission. The 2014 Florida United Way Consensus Legislative Agenda represents our guiding priorities during the 2014 Florida Legislative Session.

2014 Consensus Agenda (PDF)