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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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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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Bias Isn’t Just A Police Problem, It’s A Preschool Problem

November, 2016| NPR

First, a story: Late one night, a man searches for something in a parking lot. On his hands and knees, he crawls around a bright circle of light created by a streetlamp overhead.

A woman passes, stops, takes in the scene.

“What are you looking for? Can I help?”

“My car keys. Any chance you’ve seen them?”

“You dropped them right around here?”

“Oh, no. I dropped them way over there,” he says, gesturing vaguely to some faraway spot on the other side of the lot.

“Then why are you looking here?”

The man pauses to consider the question.

 

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U.S. Parents Are Sweating And Hustling To Pay For Child Care

October, 2016| NPR.org

Life is pretty busy for Mike Buchmann, a high school art teacher and football coach, and his wife Shannon, who works as an assistant controller at a small private college near their home in Mishawaka, Ind. Everyone is out the door by 7:45 each morning: Mike shuttles their two older kids to before-school care, while Shannon drops off their 14-month-old at a church-based child care center before they head off to their full-time jobs.

After their mortgage — which is about 20 percent of their combined take-home pay — child care is the family’s biggest expense. In fact, the cost of their youngest child’s day care alone — $660 a month — is more than half the family’s monthly mortgage payment.

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