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Can big data save these children

Already, a few jurisdictions nationwide use data to help child welfare workers before a crisis unfolds. In 2013, child welfare workers in Hillsborough County, Florida, responded to the deaths of nine children who already had open child welfare cases by developing Eckerd Rapid Safety Feedback®.

Brevard ‘Walk’ to Roll Out Red Carpet for Aldrin, Howie D

The red carpet will be rolled out for Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Backstreet Boys performer Howard "Howie D" Dorough, and Brevard County business and community leaders as part of Eckerd Kids' Brevard Walk of Fame, benefiting Brevard's vulnerable youth and families.

Hometown Heroes: Eckerd’s Friends of the Children

Jennifer Epstein of Fox 13 News reports on Eckerd Kid's Friends of the Children program which pairs at-risk foster youth with a long-term mentor, or Friend. The report spotlights one Friend, Byron Pressley, as part of its ongoing series Hometown Heroes.

Bloggers Working to Prevent Needless Deaths

A half dozen bloggers in the Tampa Bay area are raising awareness to prevent needless child deaths as part of a three-year campaign hosted by Eckerd Kids, The Florida Department of Children and Families and the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County.

Students Become DJ for a Day

In Southern Georgia, students enrolled in Paxen Learning Services, a program of Eckerd Kids, took a field trip to Black Crow Media, where they were invited to be DJs for the day.

Upcoming Blogger Event: Expert Panel on Preventing Needless Child Deaths

An influential panel of experts on preventable child deaths was made available to a select group of bloggers to release personal stories starting the week of February 15, 2016. The bloggers’ stories will provide background information, additional statistics, or experiences about child deaths in the Tampa Bay area. Across Tampa Bay, 41 children under age 6 died last year from three causes that are 100 percent preventable.