Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County

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ELCHC specializes in the funding and delivery of quality early childhood care and education and after-school programs and services to the children and families of Hillsborough County.

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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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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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imes recommends: Bob Buesing, Darryl Rouson for Florida Senate

October, 2016| Tampa Bay Times

With several prominent state senators unopposed or facing only write-in candidates, there are just two genuine Florida Senate races in the Tampa Bay area. The outcomes will affect which issues get more emphasis in Tallahassee, including health care and children’s initiatives. Bob Buesing distinguishes himself in this race for an open Senate seat with his life experience, passion and appreciation of everyday challenges Floridians face. He is uniquely qualified and would bring a strong voice for this Tampa-area district.


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Bob Buesing introduces ‘bonus kids’ in 1st SD 18 TV ad

October, 2016| Florida Politics

Bob Buesing is going on the air with his first TV ad in the Senate District 18 race.“Table” is biographical spot introducing Buesing, his wife, Karen and three of six “Bonus Kids” to the people of Hillsborough County. The ad focuses on Buesings’ belief that every child in Florida deserves a fair shot at a better life. Over the last decade, they worked to put those values into action, by welcoming six young people into their home who were either at-risk or outright homeless. These “bonus kids,” who may have slipped through the cracks, were given a chance at a better life.A statement by the campaign talks about the three children featured in the ad: Laura Lee, Bianqa and Alberto.


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Screening Mental Health In Kindergarten Is Way Too Late, Experts Say

September, 2016| Kavitha Cordoza

When it comes to children’s brains, Rahil Briggs describes them as … sticky.”Whatever we throw, [it] sticks. That’s why they can learn Spanish in six months when it takes us six years,” says the New York City based child psychologist, “but also why if they’re exposed to community violence, or domestic violence, it really sticks.”Briggs works at the Healthy Steps program at the Montefiore Comprehensive Health Care Center in the South Bronx, screening children as young as 6 months for mental health issues.

That may sound young, too young maybe, but that’s when some experts believe it’s important to catch the first signs that something may be wrong. Many say waiting until kindergarten is too late.

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Social Emotional Teaching Strategies and the Role of the Caregiver

September, 2016| Growing Children

The school year has begun! As you prepare to teach your preschoolers this year, remember that your interactions and environment play an incredible role in children’s social- emotional well being. The social-emotional domain is foundational to all learning. Providing an experience for the children in which they feel safe and supported will give them the confidence they need to succeed. It is important to always be attentive to the child’s needs. Showing a child that you are there for them will build the trust that is needed for them to seek guidance. Keep in mind that each child will need unique interventions and support to help them develop their skills. Children flourish in environments that provide consistency. Focus on creating routines that involve meaningful activities, especially in times of transition.

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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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