Parents are a Child's First, and

Most Important Teacher

Preparing your child for school and life success begins the moment you bring them home. Fortunately, the best things you can do for your child are the simplest and most natural.

The ELCHC supports your success as your child’s first and most important teacher. We’re your first stop for early childhood care and education information and resources in Hillsborough County.

Childcare Resources

Your Child’s Brain is Built Not Born

From the time your child is born, you only have 2,000 days to prepare them to begin kindergarten. This short timeframe is crucial to your child’s early school and lifelong success. Your interaction with your child during these early years helps build a foundation that will last a lifetime.

The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County is dedicated to empowering families by:

  • Helping parents understand and select quality early care and education programs.
  • Researching and distributing information on available child care services.
  • Providing professional development and quality supports for teachers so your child gets the very best possible instructors, and
  • Promoting community advocacy efforts to enhance early care and education programs.
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Positive Effects of Early Education

37 %

more likely to own a home

50 %

more likely to graduate

75 %

more likely to be employed