In 2011, leadership from First 5 Fresno County attended a conference where they were introduced to The Children's Movement of Florida. Inspired and excited, they seized the opportunity to begin a grassroots movement in Fresno County to rally locals around the cause of making our children a priority in all policy making.
By 2012, the Children's Movement of Fresno had nearly 5,000 members, and dozens of local organizations, businesses endorsing and supporting our cause. The first annual State of Our Children breakfast was held, with nearly 300 attendees, updating the local community on the progress of the work for our local kids. David Lawrence, President of The Children's Movement of Florida, was the keynote speaker.
Over the next year, it became clear that there was a deep desire from local organizations to find a way to collaborate and share resources. TCM Fresno held the first Children's Summit of Fresno County with the goal of helping to facilitate collective focus and aligned action for these organizations, businesses and individuals, all of whom work for the welfare of children in our county.
Building on the momentum of the Summit, nearly 100 ready‐to‐work participants agreed to meet periodically with the primary goal of connecting and focusing a diverse group of stakeholders around the central issue of Grade‐Level Reading. Action Forums began in early 2014, and have been meeting every six weeks since.
TCM Fresno continues to work as facilitator and backbone to the local work of improving the grade-level reading percentages of Fresno County. Coordinating events, connecting and focusing organizations, and training on the Stanford d.school's Design Cycle to inspire innovative solutions, TCM Fresno will continue to support the important work happening in Fresno County.