Children’s Commission CEO uses celebration as platform to say it can do more

Children’s Commission CEO uses celebration as platform to say it can do more

Florida Times Union
By Tessa Duvall
Thursday, April 21, 2016

At a celebration for all that the Jacksonville Children’s Commission has accomplished in its first 21 years, the head of the organization drove home the scope of the continued need for support of the city’s most at-risk kids.

“If this is really about kids, what would we do for more kids? And what would we do more for kids?” CEO Jon Heymann said. “We could provide more kids the ability to go to safe after-school programs all over the city because we’re only serving 20 percent of the eligible children. No more wait lists for summer camps. All little children, 0 to 4, deserve to attend safe early learning centers.”

The commission packed the City Hall atrium on Thursday afternoon with government officials past and present, heads of non-profits and area kids for a celebration of its 21st birthday. The commission was launched in 1994 with a budget less than $6 million under the administration of former Mayor Ed Austin, who throughout of the celebration was hailed as a champion for children.

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