Hillsborough

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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Vroom

Brain Building Basics

During mealtime, bath time and any time in your daily routine, there are easy ways to nurture your child’s growing mind. Vroom is about creating brain building moments. The good news is, the time you have is all you need to be a brain builder!

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Early Learning Coalition

Hillsborough

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

ELCHC

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

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

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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

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Number of neural connections per second the brain forms before

Early Education News

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What’s the Right Age for a Child to Get a Smartphone?

July, 2016| New York Times

NOT long ago, many parents wondered at what age they should give their child full access to the car keys. Nowadays, parents face a trickier question: At what age should a child own a smartphone? The smartphone, after all, is the key to unfettered access to the internet and the many benefits and dangers that come with it. But unlike driving a car, which is legal in some states starting at the age of 16, there is no legal guideline for a parent to determine when a child may be ready for a smartphone.

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Prioritizing Early Education Will Pay Off Many Times Over in the Long Run

July, 2016| U.S. News & World Report

By the time millions of children enter kindergarten in America, they’re already lagging behind. Much has been said about the need to level the playing the field throughout this election season, across both sides of the aisle. But fervor of rhetoric hasn’t always been matched with the same degree of priority, particularly where our nation’s youngest are concerned. A major investment in early childhood education in this country is long overdue.

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What To Do if Your Bestie has a Different Parenting Style Than You

July, 2016| Parents

While friends don’t have to agree all the time, having different parenting philosophies can make it seem like you’re speaking totally different languages. “It can be polarizing when you get along with someone well but your parenting styles clash,” says Andrea Bonior, Ph.D., a psychologist in Washington, D.C.

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