The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC) specializes in the funding and delivery of quality early childhood care and education and after-school programs and services to the children and families of Hillsborough County.
We believe that ALL children should have a quality early learning experience that is essential in building a successful future! We appreciate your support and hope that you will visit us often for all of your early childhood care and education information needs.
The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County supports the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County as one of its four focus areas, 'children are ready to learn and succeed.'
The surprising life of a childcare worker
July 31, 2015 – Miami Herald
The cost of caring for a child in America keeps rising, but childcare workers' salaries are not. What's it like to take care of someone else's kid all day while you are being paid subpar wages for your work?
Letting kids roam: Local parents embrace some elements of “Free-Range Kids”
August 1, 2015 – Lakeland Ledger
Emma Moses didn't consider it a major milestone when her parents began letting her venture out on solo runs two years ago at age 12. It just seemed part of her natural progression toward increased independence.
Editorial: Help needed for Florida’s poor families
July 31, 2015 – Tampa Bay Times
Florida ranks an abysmal 37th in the nation for the number of children who live in poverty. A new study that examines youth poverty underscores the need for broad-based solutions to help Florida's most vulnerable families break the cycle of poverty.