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School leader pushes for better preschool preparation

Superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools Jeff Eakins wants to boost “kindergarten readiness” from 50 to 80 percent. TAMPA — As superintendent of the Hillsborough County Public Schools, Jeff Eakins concerns himself with how students progress from kindergarten through graduation. But their success rests heavily on what happens earlier. So Eakins ventured into the world […]

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ELCHC launches salary supplement program for early educators

Early learning teachers can earn $200 to $3,000 more per year TAMPA, FL (Wednesday, February 20, 2019) – The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC) is introducing a new salary supplement program to assist early childhood educators. Child care professionals who work in early learning programs with current School Readiness contracts may be eligible […]

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Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County Names Gordon Gillette as New CEO

(Tampa, FL – February 28, 2018) – The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC), a leading agency in Hillsborough’s early childhood care and education arena, announced today that its Board of Directors has selected Gordon L. Gillette as its next Chief Executive Officer. Gillette will assume the role of CEO of the $72-million-dollar agency […]

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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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