Improving the well-being of Florida’s children is on all of us [Tampa Bay Times]

This post was last updated on September 29, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

As we begin to pick up the pieces left in the wake of the pandemic and recession, the focus must remain on an equitable, long-term recovery. A new report from KIDS COUNT, coupled with U.S. Census Bureau survey data, tells us that we still have a long way to go in securing better futures for Florida’s children.

The annual KIDS COUNT report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation provides state-by-state comparisons of child well-being in four areas. This year, Florida was ranked 35th overall, which is unchanged from 2020. In the domain scores, Florida’s highest ranking was in education (12th), followed by health (31st), and family and community (32nd). Florida has consistently ranked lowest in the economic domain, coming in at 45th.


Downloadable Resources

There are no attachments currently.
No items found.
Related posts
No items found.