Steve Knobl, Ph.D.

The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC) is pleased announced the appointment Dr. Steve Knobl as the new Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Knobl will take the helm on September 12, 2016.

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


Number of neural connections per second the brain forms before

Early Education News


7 Ways to Teach Kids Good Work Ethic While They Are Young

September, 2016| The Realistic Mama

Equipping kids with a good work ethic early on will take them from ordinary to extraordinary, especially when they start looking for their first job. Beginning this process when they are young is the best way to instill this trait strongly within them – we want working hard and well to be like second nature for our kids. Today, with the help of Kronos (our sponsor), we are sharing 7 ways to teach a good work ethic while our kids are still young.childr

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3 Outdoor Activities for Kids that Build Brains and Bodies

September, 2016| Lynne Kenney, PsyD.

Remember when you were young? You hopped, skipped, and tumbled through your backyard, neighborhood park, and front garden. Playing with abandon, outdoors and in nature, was really good for you—and continues to be great for your kids.There’s growing evidence that outdoor activities for kids are hardwired into their DNA. The need to play outdoors is fundamental and essential to social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Rough and tumble, creative, and imaginary play, particularly outdoors, contributes to brain connections and the myelination of your child’s neurons—a process that is vital to healthy brain function, according to Zero to Three. The lesson? Play now, play later, and play more.


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Kindergarten teacher Michele Stinson asks how many students have been in a school setting before as Dominik Newsome, center, shoots his hand up high alongside some other classmates during the first day of school at Freeman Elementary, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, in Flint, Mich. (Jake May/The Flint via AP)

Surprising reversal: School readiness gap narrows between rich and poor kids

August 2016 | Get Schooled Blog

Research findings released today depart from the usual bleak news about the academic prospects of American children born into low-income families: The gap in kindergarten academic readiness between high- and low-income students narrowed by 10 percent to 16 percent between 1998 and 2010. The significant narrowing comes after decades of a widening gap that caused education advocates to fear the United States was at risk of producing a permanent underclass. The school readiness gap for cohorts of children born in the mid-1970s and mid-1990s had grown by about 40 percent.

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