United Way teams up for children
GAINESVILLE, Fla-- Members of the United Way of North Central Florida met with representatives of agencies from across Alachua county to talk about their newest project- focusing on the youngest minds in our community.
"All these sectors who've agreed to come to the discussion today with an open heart and an open mind all committed to early childhood development," said Deborah Bowie, President & CEO of United Way of North Central Florida.
The meeting focused on creating a Children's Services Council aimed at preparing children in our community for future success. Those involved say that it is most important to develop a child's mind from newborn to five years old. The early childhood development will lay down the framework for a child's future.
"When you think about how do you best serve children from cradle to college or cradle to career, you can't forget about the children who are actually 0-5," said Dorothy Benson of the SW Advocacy Group.
In partnering with the United Way and countless other organizations, SWAG is looking to making sure that every child in Alachua County is given the same opportunity.
"Swag has already created a resource center and a health clinic along with our partners in the swag neighborhoods, and one of the resources that we're lacking in that area is for our youngest children," said Dorothy Thomas of the SW Advocacy Group.
"Between the people who are in this room today, we have enough in the way of committed individuals who do great work to agree that we will figure out the solutions together," said Bowie.
With a continued focus on the early development of kids up to five years old, the Children's Services Council will continue striving to get every child ready for kindergarten and beyond.
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