Jacksonville boy with autism writes children’s book about coping with COVID-19 changes

By: Christy Turner, Action News Jax
Updated: December 22, 2020 – 4:18 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Jacksonville boy with autism is now a published author.

Trey Sheppard, 13, cowrote a children’s book with his mother, Natalie Sheppard, during the pandemic.

The book, called “The Day My World Changed,” is helping children across the country cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s my

Kids Hope Alliance Creates Summer Food Program for Jacksonville Children in Need

By: Elizabeth Pace, Action News Jax
Updated: June 9, 2020 – 5:25 PM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Critical meals will be handed out to vulnerable areas in Duval County this summer.

Starting Monday, Kids Hope Alliance relaunched its Summer Meals Program to feed local children and youth.

Their “BreakSpots” offer free lunches and snacks at various distribution locations. Because of

KHA Awarded Grant from US Department of Justice

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. December 11, 2020 – Kids Hope Alliance (KHA) is pleased to announce it has received a $488,595 grant from the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The funds will support Project INSPIRE (Identifying Needs and Supports to Partner, Intervene, Reengage, and Educate youth), the City of Jacksonville’s anti-gang program for local youth.



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

COVID 19 Recovery Resources for Providers and Families


The Financial Navigators program

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