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

Jacksonville mayor signs Kids Hope Alliance bill

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry signed the Kids Hope Alliance bill Wednesday afternoon.

The bill signing came about one week after the Jacksonville City Council approved the mayor’s request for more than $1 million to provide new after-school programs for 6,400 students at 58 locations across Duval County.

That’s about 720 more students than are currently in after-school programming.

The only

Curry names 6 to newly created Kids Hope Alliance

Mayor Lenny Curry on Wednesday named six people, including a former sheriff, and business and nonprofit leaders, to oversee the Kids Hope Alliance, the city’s newly formed agency that will carry out city-supported youth programs.

Curry’s appointments for the group’s board of directors are Nat Glover, Jacksonville former sheriff and outgoing president of Edward Waters College; Rebekah Davis, a registered

Where Jacksonville students can get free lunches this summer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With school out, the Duval County Health Department is teaming up with the Kids Hope Alliance to provide healthy lunches to children in need.

The Summer Food Service Program, also known as the “Summer Break Spot,” is aimed at feeding lunches to children under the age of 18 who might otherwise go hungry.

Erin Hess, interim health department

Jax Shines Launch

The Jax Shines Launch Event

The newly formed Jax Shines Coalition, which The Jacksonville Children’s Commission is a leading partner, hosted a Lunch & Launch event on September 22nd, at the Main Library. The purpose of the event was to unveil the results of a year-long analysis of Jacksonville’s afterschool and summer learning programs and introduced a strategic afterschool action plan to improve the

Governor Rick Scott Recognizes Summer Learning Day

Governor Rick Scott recognized the importance of Summer Learning Day by creating a proclamation to make it a statewide celebration! Although Summer Learning Day is celebrated on July 14, 2016, the Jacksonville Children’s Commission and our partners kicked off the Summer Learning Celebration on June 23, 2016. To see the photos from our summer learning day event, click here. To