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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

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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

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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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Early Education News

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Make early childhood education a priority

January, 2017| Steve Knobl and Aakash Patel

According to a recent National Public Radio poll, across regions and family types, the cost of child care is the greatest source of financial stress for families today. In Florida, as in many other states, it is less expensive to send a child to a state university than it is to pay for child care for an infant. Why? Because child care and early education is a labor-intensive industry, requiring a low student-to-teacher ratio.

For the last four years, the First Five Year’s bipartisan poll shows a majority of voters want greater access to affordable, quality early childhood education. Even in the midst of a polarized campaign season, 90 percent of voters agreed on one thing: Congress and the president should work together to make quality early childhood education more accessible and affordable for low- and moderate-income families.

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How Investing In Preschool Beats The Stock Market, Hands Down

December 2016| NPR

If you got 13 percent back on your investments every year, you’d be pretty happy, right? Remember, the S&P 500, historically, has averaged about 7 percent when adjusted for inflation.

What if the investment is in children, and the return on investment not only makes economic sense but results in richer, fuller, healthier lives for the entire family?

That’s the crux of a new paper out Monday, The Life-Cycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program, co-authored by Nobel laureate James Heckman, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago and the director of the Center for the Economics of Human Development.

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Boosting Attendance In Preschool Can Start With A Knock On The Door

November, 2016| NPR

There’s a lot of attention right now on improving attendance in schools — making sure kids don’t miss too many days. But what about the littlest students — those 3 and 4 years old? New research shows that if kids miss a lot of preschool, they’re way more likely to have problems in kindergarten or later on. Researchers and many top preschool programs are focusing on one solution as a way of getting pre-K attendance up: Home visits at the beginning of the year, before kids start missing and before parents have a chance to feel skeptical about the school.

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