Early Learning Coalition


The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County strives to improve and build the current landscape of early learning education by providing high-quality learning opportunities for all children.

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An Advocate for Early Education


The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County makes a concerted effort to promote, endorse, participate in, and coordinate advocacy activities with various community organizations wanting to help children and their families.

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The Importance of the Early Years

Why Early Education?

A child’s early years lay the foundation for intellectual, physical and social development. The most critical time for your child’s brain development is from birth to six. Understanding and choosing quality care is critical for their kindergarten readiness.

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Request for Proposal

ELCHC Rebrand

The ELCHC is soliciting competitive written proposals from highly qualified brand consultancies to provide comprehensive brand development services. Download RFP for details. Notice of Intent to Bid due January 22, 2016.

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Quality Early Learning is Essential for a Successful Future

Every child in our community deserves access to high quality early childhood education. The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County has worked collaboratively with agencies throughout our community for the last 15 years to ensure that a full continuum of early learning services are in place to meet the needs of every family.

Investing time, money and community resources in quality early learning and development programs for our children can foster valuable skills, strengthen our workforce, grow our economy and reduce backend social spending. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, teacher, aunt neighbor or business owner, you have a role to play in making the most of our children’s important early years.

Why Early Education

Their Future Begins at Birth


By age 3, trends in the amount of talk, vocabulary, growth and style of interaction are well established

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For every $1 invested in early education, society receives a return of up to $17


Number of neural connections per second the brain forms before the age of 5

Early Education News

Free Online Program Helps Kids Get Preschool-Ready

July 1, 2015| Bay News 9

The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC) launched a unique new parent engagement tool called “Ready Rosie” to help get Hillsborough County kids ready for preschool.

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Child Care Is Biggest Expense For A Growing Number of Families

June 29, 2015| Forbes Magazine

More working families than ever are spending more of their income on child care than any other household expense. For many parents the cost is greater than housing, transportation or utilities.

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Students boys and girls sitting together around the table in classroom and drawing. With them is their young and beautiful teacher. She teaches children and is smiling

Preschool Suspension and Expulsion: Root Causes and Solutions

June 30, 2015| Education Week

Preschool children are expelled from early-childhood programs at higher rates than children in elementary and secondary school, with black children and  boys bearing the brunt of that particular form of discipline.

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Funded by The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County