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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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Quality Early Learning is Essential for a Successful Future

Every child in our community deserves access to a 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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imes recommends: Bob Buesing, Darryl Rouson for Florida Senate

October, 2016| Tampa Bay Times

With several prominent state senators unopposed or facing only write-in candidates, there are just two genuine Florida Senate races in the Tampa Bay area. The outcomes will affect which issues get more emphasis in Tallahassee, including health care and children’s initiatives. Bob Buesing distinguishes himself in this race for an open Senate seat with his life experience, passion and appreciation of everyday challenges Floridians face. He is uniquely qualified and would bring a strong voice for this Tampa-area district.


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Bob Buesing introduces ‘bonus kids’ in 1st SD 18 TV ad

October, 2016| Florida Politics

Bob Buesing is going on the air with his first TV ad in the Senate District 18 race.“Table” is biographical spot introducing Buesing, his wife, Karen and three of six “Bonus Kids” to the people of Hillsborough County. The ad focuses on Buesings’ belief that every child in Florida deserves a fair shot at a better life. Over the last decade, they worked to put those values into action, by welcoming six young people into their home who were either at-risk or outright homeless. These “bonus kids,” who may have slipped through the cracks, were given a chance at a better life.A statement by the campaign talks about the three children featured in the ad: Laura Lee, Bianqa and Alberto.


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Screening Mental Health In Kindergarten Is Way Too Late, Experts Say

September, 2016| Kavitha Cordoza

When it comes to children’s brains, Rahil Briggs describes them as … sticky.”Whatever we throw, [it] sticks. That’s why they can learn Spanish in six months when it takes us six years,” says the New York City based child psychologist, “but also why if they’re exposed to community violence, or domestic violence, it really sticks.”Briggs works at the Healthy Steps program at the Montefiore Comprehensive Health Care Center in the South Bronx, screening children as young as 6 months for mental health issues.

That may sound young, too young maybe, but that’s when some experts believe it’s important to catch the first signs that something may be wrong. Many say waiting until kindergarten is too late.

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