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The state of Florida started sending checks to families in the mail this week, but we didn’t know what the requirements were.  The requirements for the $450 Florida child checks have been released.

So, the checks, went to 59,000 Florida families and they are to help families “being affected by rising inflation”. The checks are also getting kids ready to go back to school. The state of Florida also had to come out and tell everyone that the checks were absolutely real.

The recipients received a letter from Governor Ron DeSantis. Part of the letter read, “This one-time payment can be used for anything from buying diapers to fueling up at the pump. I also want to make sure you are aware of our state’s “Back-to-School” sales-tax holiday, which will take place from July 25 through August 7, to help you get the supplies you need to prepare for the upcoming school year…Please accept this payment as a form of gratitude and acknowledgment for all that you do to help nurture Florida’s future. God bless you, and God bless the great state of Florida.”

So the money was sent out to the families based on if they receive assistance from the state already.

“The American Rescue Plan Act created a $1 billion fund to assist needy families affected by the pandemic within the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) program. The one-time payments ensured that $35.5 million would be received by Florida families,” DCF said about how families were selected to receive the payments. “Had these awards not been made, the funding would have otherwise reverted back to the federal government. Eligibility is based on federal TANF requirements and the state’s TANF plan.”

TANF is a welfare program and is funded by federal dollars and administered by the state of Florida through Department of Children and Families.

Here are requirements for the $450 Florida child checks…

  • Foster Parents
  • Relative Caregivers
  • Non-relative Caregivers
  • Families receiving TANF cash assistance
  • Guardianship Assistance Program participants

In case you missed our interview with Dan + Shay this week check it out here.


Tips To Know About Kids Day 2022

Hooray! Kids Day in Tampa is rapidly approaching. Over the years Tampa area children have had the chance to meet their favorite Marvel superheroes, play games and participate in interactive exhibits that are fun and educational. To help you get the most out of your day we made a list of essential things to know about Raymond James Stadium and must see activities happening only at Kids Day.

There will be so many things to see and do this year, from scavenger hunts to the Esports tournament, it will be a full day of fun. Before you head out, take a look at our list of things you must know about the event! Tickets can be purchased at the door or online. Click this link to purchase your tickets for adults and kids ages 13 and older. 

  • This Is A CASHLESS Event

    Cashless Payments Overtake The Use Of Notes And Coins

    (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

    Per Raymond James Stadium Policy, this is a cashless event. The only exception will be the ticket window for $10 tickets for adults and kids ages 13 and up.  Once you’ve made it inside, all activities will be free!

  • Parking

    Kids Day Parking Map
    Parking will be $5 and CARD ONLY. Parking will open at 10 A.M.. There is only ONE entrance to the parking lot, it will be off of Martin Luther King Jr BLVD. We recommend getting to the stadium at 10 A.m. when the parking lot opens to avoid long lines. Click here to download pdf of parking map.

  • No Bags Allowed

    Per Raymond James Stadium policy, no bags will be allowed with the exception of 1 small clutch bag no bigger than 4.5” X 6.5″.

    Other items prohibited inside RJS:

    • Aerosol or spray cans of sunscreen (regular lotion bottles is OK)
    • Outside food and drinks
    • Cameras larger than 12 inches
    • Video cameras & GoPro’s
    • Recreational balls
    • Weapons of any kind

  • Kids 12 And Under Get Free Admission (With Adult Supervision)

    Brisbane Lions AFL Community Camp

    (Photo by Jonathan Wood/Getty Images)

    Your youngest one will be able to enjoy all the fun for FREE admission as long as they are accompanied by an adult. 

  • Watch the Jr. Esports Tournament

    Jr Esports Logo

    We are giving all kids ages 12-17 who pre-registered the chance to show their talent on Madden 22 in a 16-Player Tournament. First place will receive a 6 month membership to the Esports Players Club valued at $1,200 and $500 Visa gift card, second place will receive a 3 month membership to the Esports Players Club valued at $600 and Third Place Prize consists of a one (1) month membership to Esports Players Club valued at $200.


  • Donate School Supplies For A Chance To Win A Bike From Walmart!

    Consumers Start Buying Back-To-School Supplies At Wal-Mart

    (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)


    If you bring school supplies to donate to Children Home Tampa Bay you will be entered to win a brand new bike from Walmart. Winners will be announced at 3:30 on Sunday at the Club Stage!

  • Compete In A Treasure Hunt For A BIG PRIZE

    Phoenix Boils In Near-Record Heat Wave

    Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images

    Participate in our scavenger hunt and to be considered to win tickets to ADVENTURE ISLAND! Treasure Hunt maps will be passed out at the entrance and you can leave completed maps in the TREASURE CHEST by the exit. Winners will be announced on Monday, July 25th.