Why We CARE

child1Children’s Forum CARES

(Crisis Assistance, Relief, and Emergency Support)

Since 1989, the Children’s Forum has been a voice for the availability, accessibility, and quality of child care in Florida. We know that, until families have stable, affordable, high-quality environments they can count on for their children, they cannot be counted on to be productive in their workplaces. More importantly, children cannot be expected to grow and thrive when they don’t know what to expect each day.

Even when good child care choices exist, however, disasters of all kinds can play havoc with the ability of programs to remain open throughout the year. When disasters strike, families are thrown into chaos when their child care programs are unable to operate.

We know from research on child trauma that the most important things we can do to help children cope with crisis is to keep the people, places, routines, and rituals in their lives as normal as possible as quickly as possible. In fact, helping them to get back to normal activities may be the most important thing we can do.

That’s why we don’t want to see a “Sorry, we’re closed” sign on any child care program following a disaster. We know how to provide assistance, but we need your help to make it possible. We depend on grants and donations to accomplish this work.

You can help by making a donation to Children’s Forum CARES.