What is the Jacksonville Children’s Commission?

The Jacksonville Children’s Commission was established in 1994 as an investment in our community’s children for a vibrant, safe and prosperous future. One of only eight such children’s services councils in Florida, the Commission is an autonomous entity of the City of Jacksonville.

The Commission’s work is based upon a vast body of evidence that shows the investment in the development of children is one of the most cost-effective ways to prevent crime and dependency in adults.

Research shows that children who grow up with appropriate guidance and support tend to stay in school, become part of the workforce, contribute to the community and raise successful children of their own. The reverse is also true.

The Commission sponsors a continuum of research-based programs to help ensure that children from birth to age 18 have stable, nurturing families; are prepared to enter kindergarten and succeed in school; have support and guidance after-school and in the summer; and receive special help when they need it. The Commission works hand-in-hand with local nonprofit organizations, carefully tracking each program’s effectiveness and outcomes.

Mission: To develop educated, safe, and healthy children.

Vision: All of Jacksonville’s children are educated, safe, and healthy.