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Literacy Builds Life Skills as Well as Language Skills

Schoolchildren who read and write at home with their parents may build not only their academic literacy skills, but also other important life and learning skills, a recent study found. The project, a study by researchers at the University of Washington, followed children for five years, either grades one through five or three through seven. It […]

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Heading Into the Home to Tackle Education Disparities

Research by the Brookings Institution shows that poor children do worse in school partly because their families have fewer financial resources, but also because their own parents tend to have less education and higher rates of single and teen pregnancy.   Read More…

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Florida lawmakers set forth funding priorities

Chairing her first meeting of the Florida Senate PreK-12 Appropriations subcommittee, Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, asked her panel’s member to list their priorities for the coming session, and then she offered some of her own. Passidomo, who noted she has not served on an education committee previously, said she planned to turn the subcommittee’s attention […]

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Chain of childcare homes to open in Wimauma

WIMAUMA, Fla. – Moms in the Wimauma community are banding together to solve a childcare problem. There are about seven-hundred children in the community and only one daycare center. Enterprising Latinas founder, Liz Gutierrez is trying to find a solution. Gutierrez is working with moms in Wimauma to open a chain of in-home childcare centers. […]

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ELC Hillsborough to Help Set Reading Record

Quackers is the word for the day on October 19, 2017 all across Hillsborough County. The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC) is spearheading a local Read for the Record® event which will impact over 11,584 children in Hillsborough County. Read more…

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ELCHC Opens Book Garden

The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC) opened the Book Garden to the Community Thursday, August 24th. The Book Garden was made possible through the efforts of Drew Valenti, a recent graduate of Jesuit High School who completed more than 700 community service hours before his senior year was completed.  Valenti received the Tampa […]

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ELCHC Benefits from Tampa Bay Lightning’s Community Hero Program

Since 2011, the Tampa Bay Lightning Community Heroes program has honored 271 Community Heroes, giving $13.65 million through 557 gifts to 380 unique charities. The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County’s (ELCHC) Board Chair, Aakash Patel, joins Elizabeth Frazier, Vice President of Community Initiatives & Philanthropy  of the Tampa Bay Lightning on the set of […]

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Community Hero, Drew Valenti, Donates $25,000 for Book Garden

Recent high school senior, Drew Valenti, completed more than 700 hours of community services before graduating last May. Valenti was  nominated and won the Tampa Bay Lightening’s Community Hero award. Drew was awarded $50,000 in which he donated $25,000 to the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC).   See full interview here…

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