Mobilizing communities
to improve child well-being

To eliminate non-academic barriers to learning, the Lastinger Center has developed a community mobilization practice that utilizes University of Florida expertise to engage organizations in strategic action on behalf of all children. We join forces with philanthropic, governmental, social sector and educational partners to devise and implement initiatives to improve child well-being.

The Lastinger Center takes a coordinated, systemic approach to closing the opportunity gap for children. Our campaign to demolish societal barriers to effective learning and child well-being includes:

  • Ready Schools Miami. As part of this multifaceted program, we are working with The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation, the Children’s Trust, Miami-Dade Public School District and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to improve the quality of the district’s early learning system through accreditation, professional development, quality rating and curriculum development. SRI International recently described this program as one of the most radical systems-reform efforts in the country. Read about Ready Schools Miami as a system of change.
  • The Children’s Trust. As part of a coalition, we championed a successful Miami-Dade ballot initiative that will bring in more than $1 billion over 10 years for learning, social, emotional and health support for children. Learn more about the Children’s Trust.
  • Child Well-Being in Collier County studies. Our assessments of children’s needs for the Naples Children & Education Foundation has resulted in an investment in new early childhood reading approaches and the creation of one of the nation’s top Pediatric Dental Residency programs, which will serve 14,000 children. View our study.