Accepting Proposals for

Executive Search Firm

The ELCHC has issued a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) in its search for an Executive Search Firm to conduct a focused recruitment for qualified candidates for the position of ELCHC Chief Executive Officer. Interested parties should click the button below to download the RFP. Proposals are due to the Coalition by 2 pm on May 24, 2016.

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2016 Summer VPK

The Summer VPK Program is a FREE, voluntary, 300 instructional-hour program designed to prepare Florida’s 4-year-olds for successful entry into kindergarten.

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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.

Prepare Your Child



ReadyRosie is a free online resource that provides daily activities for adults to do with children ages birth to six in an effort to help them get ready for kindergarten.

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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

17 X

For every $1 invested in early education, society receives a


Number of neural connections per second the brain forms before

Early Education News


ELCHC Board Member Runs for Senate

May 2, 2016| Tampa Bay Times

Tampa lawyer and ELCHC Board Member Bob Buesing, a Democrat, filed Monday to run for the Florida Senate from a northern and western Hillsborough County seat. In doing so, he’ll be running against Dana Young, the Republican leader of the Florida House, who announced a Senate bid after lawmakers re-drew the district lines, creating that seat.

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Supports for Pre-K Quality in Florida Lag Behind Other States

May, 12, 2016| National Institute for Early Education Research
Many 3- and 4-year-olds across the nation still lack access to high-quality preschool education despite modest gains in enrollment, quality, and funding, according to an annual report by the nonpartisan National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University.
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Preschoolers and Praise: What Kinds of Messages Help Kids Grow

May, 2016| KQED News

A three-year-old dressed in a superhero cape collapses in a corner and yells, “I can’t put on my shoes! I can’t!” A four-year-old proudly sets the table “all by myself,” only to fall apart when a glass of water tips over. Preschool children are in the early stages of  developing their self concept — their mental picture of who they are, what they can do, and who they are capable of becoming.

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