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Revival of summer pre-K in Wimauma to help bridge learning gap

Community leaders, parents and educators In Wimauma, an increasingly diverse community in the South Shore area of Hillsborough County that is home to thousands of migrant farm workers and other low-income families, are concerned about a shortage of early learning opportunities.

Recognizing the learning gap created when parents don’t read to their children or rarely speak English at home, for example, educators are working to bridge the gap through public and private education programs.

So this summer, children in Wimauma will be able to attend a free, Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program, says Lisa Black, Kindergarten Supervisor with Hillsborough County public schools. Parents can register online for the program, administered by ELCHC; the application also is available in Spanish.

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