Forum Newsletter – 2017 Fall Edition – Forum Corner

Children’s Forum Membership Promotion Extended

Due to the impact and recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma, the Children’s Forum is extending our Back to School membership promotion through October 31, 2017!

  • If you become a Children’s Forum member or renew your membership, you will be entered to win super school supplies, fabulous Forum items, and a $50 Amazon gift card!

If you are looking for an affordable option to:  

  • fulfill renewal requirements for your staff credential, or
  • assist with fulfilling the professional contribution requirement for the renewal of your Director Credential

A Forum membership is the answer!

Don’t delay! This promotion is only available through Tuesday, October 31, and the winner will be announced Wednesday, November 1, via social media. Good luck!

To become a member and learn more about the benefits we offer, please visit or call 888-FL-CHILD (888-352-4453).

Tune in to Children’s Forum Podcasts!

The Children’s Forum has implemented Forum Talks, the first Podcast of its kind in Florida to discuss state-specific early care and education (ECE) initiatives. Our first Podcast featured a discussion with Phyllis Kalifeh, President and CEO of the Forum, on the state of ECE in Florida. The second Podcast included a panel presentation that was recorded at the 2017 One Goal Summer Conference. The presentation highlights personal stories from early childhood educators and shares the impact the Forum’s T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ programs have had in helping the panelists achieve their professional development objectives.
Both Podcasts can be found on the Forum’s YouTube Channel at:
Do you have an idea for a Forum Talks Podcast? We’d love to hear it!  Share your thoughts through our Forum Talks Podcast Form. We look forward to hearing from you.

Forum Receives Grant to Recruit and Promote Diversity in Early Care and Education Workforce 

The Children’s Forum has been awarded an AmeriCorps Planning Grant to develop an early care and education (ECE) workforce improvement and diversification initiative to be implemented throughout Florida. The plan will include the recruitment of a diverse group of AmeriCorps Volunteers who are demographically similar based on gender and race/ethnicity to the children enrolled at participating child care programs. An implementation plan will be developed for AmeriCorps Volunteers to serve as ECE teaching assistants and receive relationship-based coaching to ensure implementation of high quality instructional practices. Additionally, the implementation plan would be designed to utilize T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) Early Childhood® scholarships and personalized career guidance to assist AmeriCorps Volunteers in furthering their formal education through college coursework and academic degree/credential paths.

Forum to Represent Florida on Compensation of the Early Care and Education Workforce

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center has awarded grants to five states to work on improving public awareness, public policies, and funding to address the compensation of the early care and education (ECE) workforce. The lead organizations for those states include the Children’s Forum, Inc. (Florida), Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children, Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children, Child Care Services Association (North Carolina), and Wisconsin Early Childhood Association. With grant funding from the Alliance for Early Success, each state’s lead organization will assemble teams comprised of stakeholders who are committed to addressing the education, compensation and retention issues facing the ECE community. In addition, they will create and implement a strategic action plan to move the needle on compensation over the coming year.

Vice Chair Receives Most Valuable Father Award

Dr. Wil Blechman, the Forum’s Vice Chair, was a recipient of the Fatherhood Task Force of South Florida’s Most Valuable Father Award! Thank you, Dr. Blechman, for guiding our vision and for your tireless advocacy on the research of brain development in young children!

Children’s Forum to Participate in Global #GivingTuesday Movement 

The Children’s Forum has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. In doing so, the Children’s Forum will host a fundraising event in partnership with #GivingTuesday to promote our Forum CARES program. The purpose of Forum CARES is to provide timely response and relief to child care programs in Leon, Wakulla, Gadsden, and Jefferson Counties impacted by a natural disaster, trauma, or critical need such as hurricane damage, flooding, fire, and criminal acts.

#GivingTuesday is held annually the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. In reaction to Black Friday and Cyber Monday consumerism, #GivingTuesday inspires people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.  This year, #GivingTuesday is on November 28.

Please help a child care program in need by supporting Forum CARES on #GivingTuesday!

For more information, please visit the Forum CARES webpage. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram for the latest #GivingTuesday updates.