9th Annual NEFL Advocacy Training: New partnerships, inspiring stories and tips for success


Before she began her teaching career, Kifimbo Holloway-Parnell was working at a catering event for the Special Olympics. She watched several people take the time to feed dessert to one of their disabled colleagues who wasn’t able to feed himself, doing so before even eating their own. It was a turning point, she told the audience of non-profit professionals and volunteers at the 2015 NEFL Advocacy Training on November 10.

“What good is my time, my talent, my ingenuity, my money, if it wasn’t used to help someone who couldn’t help themselves?” the 2015 Duval County Teacher of the Year asked.

The advocacy workshop is held each year for child-serving agencies in the region in preparation for the state legislative session. Co-hosted each year by the Healthy Start Coalition, the Jacksonville Kids Coalition and United Way of Northeast Florida, the event welcomed two new partners this year: the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and the Jacksonville Children’s Commission.

To continue reading Erin Arrington's recap, visit the Healthy Start Coalition's website

Upcoming Event

Florida State Standards Listening Tour

Make your voice heard by joining the Florida Department of Education's Listening Tour on the Florida Standards.

  • Date: Monday, Oct 21, 2019
  • Time: 5:30PM to 6:30PM
  • Where: Liberty Pines Academy, St. Johns County
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2019 Education Poll

Support for half-cent tax 

In JPEF's 2019 Public Perceptions Poll, the Jacksonville community said once again they would support a small tax for schools.

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Did You Know?

85.1 % of students district-wide graduated high school in 2018, a record high.

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