The Jacksonville Children's Commission was created in 1994 as an expression of our community's commitment to children and to a vibrant, safe and prosperous future. One of only eight children's services councils in Florida, the Commission is an autonomous entity of the City of Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville Children’s Commission works hand-in-hand with local nonprofit organizations to improve the health and lives of children living in Duval County. The Commission carefully monitors all programs that it funds, and closely tracks each program’s effectiveness and outcomes. This work, encompassing prevention, early intervention, and support programs for families and children 0 – 18, is grouped within the organization’s four guiding principles for Jacksonville’s children:
  1. Children Grow and Develop During Out-of-School Time;
  2. Children Have Stable, Nurturing Families;
  3. Children Enter Kindergarten Prepared to Learn; and
  4. Children Get Special Help When They Need It.
These programs are proven to reduce potential future costs related to special education, foster care, juvenile justice and youth incarceration.