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OPINION: Early Childhood Education: Preparing Today’s Children for the Future

In the fall of 2016, over 15,500 new kindergarten students enrolled in public schools throughout Hillsborough County. During the first 30 days of the school year, a basic readiness assessment completed on the kindergarten students found that only about one-half of the students were ready to read. Sadly, across the state a similar situation exists, […]

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Governor Scott’s “Fighting for Florida’s future” budget invests in Florida’s future students

TAMPA, Fla. – Governor Scott announced yesterday that the 2017-2018 “Fighting for Florida’s Future” Budget recommends $1.1 billion for the Office of Early Learning, which is an increase of approximately $36.1 million. These investments will help ensure Florida’s earliest learners are prepared for their future. Governor Scott said, “As a father and grandfather, I know […]

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Former Pasco schools principal to head Hillsborough Early Learning Coalition

Steve Knobl, a one-time principal of Pasco’s Gulf High and Bayonet Point Middle schools, was named Thursday to lead the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County, which oversees state-funded prekindergarten and child care programs.  Knobl, who led the Land O’Lakes campus of Rasmussen College until late 2015, replaces Dave McGerald, who worked for the coalition […]

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ELC of Hillsborough Appoints New CEO

(Tampa, FL – September 7, 2016) – The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC), the leading agency in Hillsborough’s early childhood care and education arena, today announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously selected Dr. Steve Knobl as Chief Executive Officer effective September 12, 2016. Knobl succeeds ELCHC’s recently retired CEO Dave McGerald […]

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ELCHC Board Member Runs for Senate

Tampa lawyer and ELCHC Board Member Bob Buesing, a Democrat, filed Monday to run for the Florida Senate from a northern and western Hillsborough County seat. In doing so, he’ll be running against Dana Young, the Republican leader of the Florida House, who announced a Senate bid after lawmakers re-drew the district lines, creating that seat. […]

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Hillsborough school district fighting turf war

Leaders of a local organization that administers funding for early learning and day care programs want to take over some duties now handled by the Hillsborough County school district. The district, however, is pushing back.

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