KNOW, SHARE, ENGAGE & BUILD
Research and Reports
Learn research-based findings of what girls in Florida’s Juvenile Justice system say about their pathways in the system. Read the Report
Based on the Kids Share report 2014 federal spending on children increased slightly in aggregate real dollars between 2012 and 2013, that spending lagged behind the expanding economy, leaving children with a smaller share. Without changes to current law, federal spending on children is expected to continue declining. Children’s programs will receive a very small portion of the growth— just 2 cents of every dollar of the projected increase. Learn more. Read the Report
Support for the mission and work of the Dolores Barr Weaver Policy Center was made even more important by the release of the Gender Injustice Report. Research from the report indicates that even as systems are initiating reforms and changing their approach, they are routinely failing to modify those reforms for girls or even to collect data on how girls are affected by the problems they are seeking to remedy. Read the Report
Children Living in Poverty: Decreases in Brain Development Increases the Achievement GAP
New research reflects influence of poverty on structural brain development in children—what can be done and why. Read the Report
Zeroing In on Place and Race
There are 5,527,000 disconnected youth in America today or one in seven young adults—about as many people as live in Minnesota. The national disconnected youth population is larger than the populations of thirty US states. Read the Report
Property Taxes: A true indicator of economic growth
In a newly released paper, The Relationship Between Taxes & Growth at the State Level: New Evidence, William G. Gale, Aaron Krupkin & Kim Reuben make the case that property tax revenues are more highly correlated with economic growth than traditional state-level taxes… Read the Paper
Education: When it Counts the Most, Florida Does the Least
For the past decade, education experts have been warning Floridians of the shortcomings of its early learning policies and its effects on Florida’s brightest young minds. In fact, a recent study from the University of Florida commissioned by the Office of Early Learning, proclaims that Florida’s early learning education does not prepare children for success in school. Read the Report
At Voices for Florida, we believe that every person really can make a difference, and that every difference made really does matter. It all starts with what you know. Voices for Florida empowers our members with knowledge – well-researched, evidence-based best practices and data on quality-of-life issues that are critical to us and our children’s future.
Sharing is the universal language of human interaction, which brain scientists call the essential ingredient for strengthening social ties and enhancing quality of life. At Voices for Florida, our members gain a sense of unity and common purpose by connecting and sharing high-impact knowledge.
Collaboration is not a spectator sport. Activities that bring people together to engage in collective problem-solving or raise awareness create powerful connections that can last a lifetime and literally change the world. Voices for Florida offers members diverse ways to get engaged and contribute to help build a better future for us all.
Rooted in the Old English word for “bold,” the act of building is inspired and driven by the courage and confidence that the effort will have impact. Simply put, when Voices for Florida members know, share and engage, they collectively drive better outcomes to build strong communities and successful families, creating a better future for our children.