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

January 17, 2020

Jacksonville, FL- 

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

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

KHA and Partners to Provide Meals to Afterschool Programs

Jacksonville, Fla. – The Kids Hope Alliance (KHA), U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Florida Department of Health/Bureau of Child Nutrition Programs have partnered to provide approximately 2,500 children with free nutritious snacks and supper meals during after-school hours at the 37 locations listed below.

33rd Street Police Athletic League

KHA Receives $4 Million for Pediatric Medical and Mental Health

JACKSONVILLE, FL Kids Hope Alliance (KHA) received a $4M Children’s Mental Health System of Care (SOC) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide integrated physical and behavioral health services for children in Jacksonville. This grant will build on prior SAMHSA awards received by KHA to expand access to care for children and youth

DLC Nurse and Learn Celebrates 30 Years of Service

Jacksonville, Florida


On Thursday, September 12th,  supporters of local non-profit DLC Nurse and Learn gathered at the Riverfront Cafe to celebrate the organization’s 30th anniversary.  Pam Tebow, mother of former NFL Quarterback Tim Tebow, spoke at the dinner and fundraiser, which also featured a silent auction.


The organization was founded in 1989 by Amy Buggle, a special education teacher  who witnessed

Citi Teen Center Opens in Springfield

Jacksonville, Fl- On Wednesday, August 28th, 2019, the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida opened the Citi Teen Center in Jacksonville’s historic Springfield neighborhood. Designed to serve local youth between the ages of 13 and 18 after school and during the summer, the Center is one of the few standalone teen centers in Northeast Florida.

The Citi Teen Center