FACCM Legislative & Advocacy Team
FACCM--The Voice of Florida's Early Learning-- is the leading advocacy association in the state. We proudly represent Florida's youngest children, parents, families, and the professionals who work on their behalf. One of the most effective components of our public policy work is the group of grassroots advocates who work tirelessly on FACCM’s behalf.
Legislation & Advocacy
FACCM influences laws, regulations, and programs affecting child care providers, the education profession, and serves as a valuable resource to policy makers, regulators, as well as early learning providers. Decisions, laws, and agency rules are continuously being made. These changes dictate how you will provide childcare to the youngest Floridians. This will affect how you care for children, who you employ, curriculum standards, transportation safety, school readiness allocations, and reimbursement rates, to name a few.
Effective advocacy relies on membership involvement. FACCM believes in a grassroots approach to advocacy by building a relationship with your local elected officials and influential members of the legislature. However, the time has come to increase our legislative influence in Tallahassee.
Child Care Industry
Early Learning is provided by a vibrant industry filled with dedicated individuals that recognize the significance of Early Learning in the continuum of education. The childcare industry, employing tens of thousands of Floridians, supports working parents and enables children from all backgrounds to benefit from high quality early education, which is vital to give children the best possible start in life. Birth to 5 years old is a critical time in a child's life and without a strong foundation children will struggle to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.
The answer is simple: make early learning a priority. If Florida can get more children into quality educational programs at a younger age, our state will see a long term measurable benefit. There is a direct correlation between a quality early learning program and higher graduation rates. These achievements lead to a well-educated and sustainable workforce. In the 21st Century, it is imperative that our state remain competitive in the global marketplace. To accomplish this goal, our state must recognize the significance of this industry and support it with increased funding and reasonable regulation.
It is not just about childcare, and it is time to give Early Learning its proper place in the field of education.