United Foundation of Central Florida, Inc., (UFCF) is a 501(c)(3) public foundation focused on early intervention, leading to prevention. With the foundation’s focus on Early Intervention, it’s important that as a community we understand that the quality of your child’s life during the first five years will set the stage for future learning and success. Ninety percent of a child’s brain is developed before the age of 5. Within those early years it’s important that our children get the same educational opportunities across the country. Statistics provided by the Florida Department of Education show that one third of Orange County children are unprepared for kindergarten. Julien serves as a Junior Board Member and the Community & Volunteer Outreach Coordinator.
In 2012, one in six Orange County public elementary schools started with 50 percent of the kindergarten identified as “not ready.” We have a responsibility as citizens of this community and the world, to leave this world better than we saw it; by doing all that we can to invest in the education of our young people, encourage unity, promote family, encourage growth and invest in programs and leadership that empower communities’ one family at a time. One of the most important decisions you will ever make as a parent or guardian is “to choose quality child care for your child or children.” United Foundation of Central Florida, Inc. will work with all the residents, business owners, elected officials, media partners, community partners, leaders, churches, schools, day cares, governmental and law enforcement agencies to implement the best solutions for each community to provide the solutions that will positively yield the results that work for our communities. UFCF’s Board of Directors decided to answer the communities concerns to provide proven solutions, by researching programs that work to clean up communities. The Tangelo Park Program is one of the most successful to date. It was a natural choice for the foundation, with a mission to partner and unite with local community and neighborhood organizations, to positively transform families and individuals, utilizing early intervention and educational resources. The results of the Tangelo Park Program (implemented since 1994) left Tangelo Park residents with job creation (a decrease in unemployment), a graduation rate increase from 20% to 100%, crime reduction and an increase in family unity. As we embark on this proven system successfully implemented by Harris Rosen, we need the communities help. We encourage you to be a part of the solution, by signing up to be a volunteer, sponsor, or by supporting the events. Provide us with your email address and come out to solution driven round table program implementation planning sessions, as we embark on the “Pine Hills Program.”