Summer BreakSpots 2020

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. June 1st, 2020 The Kids Hope Alliance (KHA), the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Florida Department of Health/Bureau of Child Nutrition Programs partner with Duval County School Board/ Chartwells to provide free nutritious Grab-N-Go lunches and snacks from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm to youth (18 years old and under) at 93 locations listed

Virtual Early Learning Highway Helps Families School at Home

Jacksonville, Fla. – The Virtual Early Learning Highway for Young Children, a free, online resource available to assist families in helping their young children continue to learn while being at home due to COVID-19 launched on April 1, 2020.
This resource is the result of a collaborative partnership by the Florida Institute of Education at the University

Gala Raises More Than $170K For Student Programs

On Friday, January 31st, Communities In Schools of Jacksonville celebrated 30 years of service with the Toast to the Tassel Gala. The event, held at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront and presented by Nimnicht Family of Dealerships, raised more than $170,000 for afterschool programs and case management for local students.

The event

Jacksonville Recognized Nationally as Early Learning Community

Jacksonville is gaining national attention for the early learning initiatives of the Kids Hope Alliance (KHA), including professional development programs for childcare workers and systems-building efforts in the early childhood community. The city is in its second year of service as a faculty city with the National League of Cities (NLC), helping other cities around the country improve their

Mayor’s Youth at Work Partnership Launches Year-Round Internships

For this first time since its inception, the Mayor’s Youth at Work Partnership (MYAWP) is offering internships to local students during the school year.  Last Saturday, January 11, 2019, marked Day One for a new cohort of MYAWP interns. 32 students from Duval County attended the Opening Ceremony at the Kids Hope Alliance, pledging to “make a lasting impression”

Helping Children Heal in One of Jacksonville’s Deadliest Zipcodes

In late 2018, Fulterius King arrived at Susie Tolbert Elementary School with an important mission: to help young students struggling to cope with trauma. In just one year he would treat more than 100 students, many suffering from multiple adverse childhood experiences.

King, a 28 year-old mental health therapist from Daniel Kids, was placed at Susie Tolbert through the Full

Amy Buggle Retires After 30 Years at DLC Nurse and Learn

For the past three decades, Amy Buggle has led DLC Nurse and Learn in providing comprehensive care and services for local children with special needs. Since founding the organization in 1989, Amy has fostered a unique, educational space for children of all abilities, allowing their -parents the freedom to work and provide for their families

DLC has served more than 4000

JaxKids Book Club Celebrates 15 Years!


On December 1, 2019 the JaxKids Book Club celebrated its 15th year anniversary. Having distributed more than one million books to young children in Duval County, the innovative literacy program has helped develop critical early learning skills in Jacksonville’s youngest residents, preparing them for success in kindergarten and beyond.

JaxKids Book Club, a public-private partnership managed by the Kids