Rep. Ari Porth (D-Broward) kicked off Florida’s first-ever Early Childhood Caucus meeting in Tallahassee on Tues., Nov. 3. A bipartisan group of legislators, together with agency leaders and child advocates, attended the organizational meeting to begin discussions on how Florida can make smarter, more strategic investments in young children.
Porth presented two brief videos. The first, Why Early Investment Matters, highlighted economist James Heckman talking about the critical need to adequately fund early childhood programs to ensure the nation’s future prosperity. The second video was a news clip of retired military officers raising early childhood investments as a national security issue, and calling for immediate action by policymakers.