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Let's Secure Dedicated Funding for Children's Services in Leon County!

As you know, many counties in Florida currently have Children's Services Councils which provide dedicated funding for a broad array of children's programs. Leon County does not currently have one, however, the Leon County Commission is considering whether or not to put a question on the 2018 general election ballot which would allow voters to authorize the creation of a Children's Services Council (CSC).

If enacted, a CSC could generate nearly $8 million a year for children's programs in our community.

Please find a fact sheet about CSCs, their impact and the need in Leon County here. Also, here is an agenda item on the issue prepared by Leon County staff (pg. 433-680).

At this point, we are encouraging nonprofit agencies interested in this issue to:

  1. Educate their boards of directors and encourage them to formally endorse the CSC initiative.
  2. Identify a board member to attend the Leon County Commission's April 10 meeting and speak in support of the CSC during the public hearing period. (Note: Please send the name & email address of your organization's speaker to Whole Child Leon's Courtney Atkins at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

To move this issue forward, we are urging nonprofits to empower their strongest private sector champions to advocate. This is about the future of our community, and now is the time to activate those strong community relationships you've built in support of our county's kids!

If you have any questions, please contact INIE Executive Director Jessica Lowe-Minor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (850) 228-3646.

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