Join thousands of Florida’s families, students, teachers, and advocates at the Florida State Capitol during the week of January 26, 2020 for a celebration of our greatest gifts – our children! Now in its 25th year, Children’s Week advocates for children’s health, education, and well-being and is brought to you by the United Way of Florida (www.uwof.org). There are many ways to participate in Children’s Week from Sunday, January 26 through Friday, January 31, 2020-.

On Sunday, January 26, 2020, there will be a ceremony to hang the hand artwork collected from thousands of children across the state in the Capitol rotunda. These hands will remain hanging from the 2 nd and 3 rd floors for the entire week and will be taken down on Friday, January 31 as the conclusion of Children’s Week. Each year, the Hanging of the Hands ceremony creates an impactful display to remind legislators to take care of our children during the legislative session. To send in your own hand artwork, you will need crayons and scissors and help your children or students trace, cut-out, and decorate drawings of their hands. They can also add their name and a message to legislators. Mail your hand artwork to the Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of the Big Bend by January 8 th for it to be hung along with hundreds of thousands of other children’s hands from across the state!

On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, Children’s Capitol for a Day takes place in the State Capitol courtyard. The courtyard is transformed by hundreds of partner booths with games, activities, and entertainment including dancing, face painting, scavenger hunts, and science experiments for youth of all ages. Older students can ask questions to statewide leaders and learn how to advocate for important issues at the Children’s Week Town Hall Meeting at 10 a.m. and Youth Advocacy Workshop at 1 p.m. Admission, breakfast, and lunch are all free! Storybook Village, which is presented by the ELC of the Big Bend, takes place during Children’s Capitol for a Day as well.

Storybook Village entertains more than 2,000 young children, some of whom come dressed up as their favorite storybook characters, to enjoy interactive reading booths. Storybook Village booths bring children’s books to life using storytelling, arts and crafts, character costumes, and games. This year’s theme is “Rumble in the Jungle”. All children who walk through Storybook Village will receive a brand-new book to take home!

Please join us for Children’s Week at the State Capitol – a unique and engaging opportunity that shines a spotlight on the important issues facing lawmakers this legislative session. For more information such as a schedule of events, volunteer opportunities, or to register, please visit www.childrensweek.org or email info@childrensweek.org.