About this Study

Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (JCCI) is completing its latest community inquiry, Children 1-2-3: Early Learning for Future Success. This community engagement process has been examining the question, "How can Jacksonville best foster early learning success for children from birth to age 3 in our community?" Over the course of the process (October 2011 through April 2012), the meeting schedule, meeting summaries, key handouts and relevant articles have all been posted here. To find out more, please email tonia@jcci.org.

Study Schedule

All study committee meetings will take place on Wednesday mornings from 8:15 to 9:45 am at JCCI - 2434 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, FL. 

The Children 1-2-3: The Early Learning for Future Success study began on October 12, 2011 and continues through April 18, 2012

Meetings 18 through 25 are report development meetings where the study committee will work to reach consensus on what was learned (the study findings), what the findings mean (conclusions), and the work necessary to create community change (recommendations).

Findings: The study committee will review and reach consensus on the staff prepared draft findings using the data and information presented to the study committee via resource speakers, handouts, and the study blog.
Meeting 17 - 2/22/2012
Meeting 18 - 2/29/2012
Meeting 19 - 3/7/2012

Conclusions: The study committee will reach consensus on a set of value judgments (conclusions) based on the agreed upon findings.
Meeting 20 - 3/14/2012
Meeting 21 - 3/21/2012
Meeting 22 - 3/28/2012

Recommendations: The study committee will reach consensus on a set of recommendations, guided by the findings and conclusions, designed to create community change.
Meeting 23 - 4/4/2012
Meeting 24 - 4/11/2012
Meeting 25 – 4/18/2012

Meetings 1 through 17 are "fact finding" meetings with expert local, regional, and national resource speakers. These 90 minute meetings are informative seminars that provide critical information about the study topic. These meetings have been completed. 

Meeting 1 - 10/12/2011
Orientation and Overview: Staff will orient study committee members regarding the study process. Speaker will discuss the risk and protective factors that predict education outcomes, provide insight on the research pertinent to the 0 to 3 child, discuss public policy and community response implications, and examine best practices in the United States and around the world. Speaker:  Dr. Kofi Marfo, University of South Florida, Director, Professor of Educational Psychology in the Department of Psychological & Social Foundations (meeting completed)

Meeting 2 - 10/19/2011 Understanding brain development in the 0 to 3 child: Discuss brain development processes and those factors that contribute positively and negatively to healthy brain function in 0 to 3 children from all socio-economic backgrounds. Speakers: Dr. Allison Cato, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Mayo Clinic and Program Director Neurocognitive Clinic at Nemours Children’s Clinic and Christine Lester, Senior Consultant Baptist Health (meeting completed)

Meeting 3 - 10/26/2011 Strong families: Examine how a family’s social status (class), education levels (literacy), economic standing (ability to earn), and adherence to cultural norms (child rearing expectations) affect early child development. Include in the discussion the affects on the 0 to 3 child's social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and ethical/spiritual well-being. Discuss the influence of intergenerational and non-familial caregivers on the 0 to 3 child and consider the capacity and health of the adults responsible for child rearing. Speakers:  Juanita Arnold, Assistant Director of Healthy Families Florida,  Ed Feaver, Director of the Whole Child Project for the Lawton Chiles Foundation, and Linda Levin, Executive Director for ElderSource, Northeast Florida's Agency on Aging (meeting completed)

Meeting 4 - 11/2/2011 Positive learning experiences: Examine what should be happening during the 0 to 3 child's day to prepare him or her for future academic success and how parents, educators, and the community can judge whether or not sufficient progress is being made. Discuss the reality that there is no education mandate for children under the age of 4, therefore the 0 to 3 children entering the education system have various experiences - family caregivers, baby sitters, and day care/early learning centers of varying quality. Speakers: Lilli Copp, Director, Florida Head Start State Collaboration Office, Matt Moore, State Infant/Toddler Network Coordinator for the Florida Office of Early Learning , and Mary Nash, Curriculum Developer at the Jacksonville Children's Commission (meeting completed)

Meeting 5 - 11/9/2011 Taking a look at the whole child: Multiple facets of development: Examine the affects of and connections between social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and ethical/spiritual wellness on a child’s preparedness to excel upon entering the education system at age 4 and beyond. Specifically discuss the developmental challenges faced by children of differing socio-economic backgrounds. Speaker: Dr. Peter Gorski: Director of the Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies and Professor of Public Health, Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of South Florida (meeting completed)

Meeting 6 - 11/16/2011 Identifying early learning disabilities: Discuss the cognitive, emotional, social, and physical disorders that can be diagnosed in the 0 to 3 child that might hinder future academic success. Examine the processes in place to ensure 0 to 3 children of all backgrounds are screened and determine the number of children who are affected by these disorders within the Jacksonville community. Discuss critical solutions such as the potential for universal screening. Speakers: Amy Buggle, Executive Director, DLC Nurse and Learn, Laurie Price, CEO of Hope Haven Children's Clinic and Family Center, and  Dr. Ann Usitalo, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University of Florida College of Medicine (meeting completed)

11/23/2011 - Holiday Week - No Meeting

Meeting 7 - 11/30/2011 Group Discussion Meeting #1: No speakers – What have you learned over the course of the study so far? Share what you've learned as a result of your own research? What else does the study committee need to know about? (meeting completed)

Meeting 8 - 12/7/2011 Life for 0 to 3 children in Jacksonville - challenges and opportunities: Examine the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical health realities (opportunities and challenges) faced by 0 to 3 children and their families in Jacksonville. Determine whether or not there are place specific issues that put local children at risk for academic failure. Speaker: Dr. Jeff Goldhagen, Professor and Chief, Division of Community Pediatrics; UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville (meeting completed)

Meeting 9 - 12/14/2011 Local learning opportunities for 0 to 3 children: Identify and discuss the number, type, and overall quality of the early learning opportunities in place locally. Describe the challenges that parents face in securing access to high quality options for 0 to 3 children. Discuss the reality that many 0 to 3 children do not participate in formal early learning programs.
Speaker: Dr. Barbara Brigety, Program Manager for Early Head Start at the Jacksonville Urban League, and Susan Main, Executive Director of the Early Learning Coalition of Duval County (meeting completed)

12/21/2011 - Holiday Week - No Meeting
12/28/2011 - Holiday Week - No Meeting

Meeting 10 - 1/04/2012 Children, Families, and Early learning: Public Policy in Florida: Discuss how public policies aligns with current research about early learning and childhood development, identify ways in which funding realities impact the implementation of public policy, and discuss what other communities are doing to effectively support children and families in spite of budgetary constraints. Speaker: Dr. Kate Stowell, Executive Director, The Policy Group For Florida’s Families & Children. (meeting completed)

Meeting 11 – 1/11/2012 Learning from Other Communities  – The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe  Speaker: Evelio Torres, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties (meeting completed)

Meeting 12 – 1/18/2012 Group Discussion Meeting #2: No Speaker - What have you learned over the course of the study so far? Share what you have learned as a result of your own research? What else does the study committee need to know about?

Meeting 13 - 1/25/2012 Exploring population-based measures for early learning: Dr. Clyde Hertzman, Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), College of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC); Canada Research Chair in Population Health and Human Development and Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. (confirmed) [NOTE: This meeting will take place from 10:45am to 12:15 pm]

Meeting 14 - 2/1/2012 Not prepared to learn: Discuss Jacksonville's social and academic safety net. Examine the local programs and processes in place to mitigate the issues that children bring with them when they enter the education system at 4 years-old, including cognitive or emotional deficits, lack of exposure to language, mental/physical health problems, a dysfunctional family life, etc.. Speaker: Dr. Cheryl Fountain, Executive Director and Professor of Education at the Florida Institute of Education (University of North Florida), and Renee Bea Walton, F.A.I.R Coordinator at Duval County Public Schools (meeting completed)

Meeting 15 - 2/08/2012 The role of the community in preparing 0 to 3 children for academic success: Examine the role of families, healthcare providers, social service agencies, local government, etc in preparing 0 to 3 children for academic success. Determine what types of institutions are missing within the local landscape. Discuss the type and overall quality of local institutions that exist to help children of all backgrounds enter school ready to learn. Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Herrington, Professor of Educational Policy and Director of the Educational Policy Center at Learning Systems Institute at Florida State University, and Linda Lanier, Executive Director/CEO of the Jacksonville Children’s Commission (meeting completed)

Meeting 16 - 2/15/2012 Changing our community to foster early learning success for all children: Discuss how social marketing can be used to better inform families, doctors, caregivers, and community about their roles in making sure that all children enter kindergarten prepared to learn. Identify how community groups, government, educators, and families might work together to promote the importance of health, literacy, relationships for 0 – 3 children to reach their maximum potential as students and citizens. Discuss the barriers that advocates face in the attempt to change behaviors and/or educate members of a community. Provide examples of community change efforts in other U. S. cities and discuss why those efforts were successful or not. Speaker: Dewey Caruthers, CEO, Dewey & Associates, Deno Hicks, Managing Partner, Southern Strategy Group, and Marsha Oliver, CEO, O. Communications (meeting completed)

Last update: March 19, 2012