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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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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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

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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

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Parents Who Can’t Stop Checking their Phones May Be Harming Kids!

May, 2016| Parenting

We’ve already learned that kids feel unimportant when parents spend too much time on their phones, but a new study offers another reason you might want to think twice before checking your phone in front of your kids.

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How Does the U.S. Rank on Early Childhood Education? Hint: Not Well!

May, 2016| First Focus

The earliest years of a child’s life are the most critical in terms of their cognitive and emotional development, setting the stage for future learning in school and in life. It’s proven to fight poverty, save money, and promote our national economic prosperity. In fact, Nobel laureate James Heckman estimates that for ever $1 invested in pre-K, we save $7 to $12 down the road.

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Why Early STEM Education will Drive the U.S. Economy

May, 2016| CIO

The Obama administration pushes to start kids on science and technology education at a young age to elevate the nation’s competitive position socially and economically.

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