Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County

Industry Articles

ELCHC specializes in the funding and delivery of quality early childhood care and education and after-school programs and services to the children and families of Hillsborough County.

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Flipping The Switch

05/06/2017| Marian Wright Edelman

What if boosting a toddler’s brainpower was as easy as turning on a light switch? In fact, “Flip the Switch” is one of the simple activities suggested by Vroom, an initiative that provides creative tools and materials to help families turn daily interactions with children into “brain building moments.”

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Rich kids are in pre-K; poor ones are with Grandma

October 11, 2017| Dallas Morning News Editorial

By age 3, inequality in the United States is clear: Rich children attend school. Poor kids stay with a grandparent or other caretaker, according to research by authors of a new book, Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality.

Only 55 percent of America’s 3- and 4-year-olds attend formal preschool. Compare that with China, where 75 percent of toddlers are in school. Or Germany and Britain, where more than 90 percent of kids are.

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Column: Education before age 5 is so important to young Floridians

08/31/2017| By David Lawrence Jr. and Vance Aloupis, special to the Tampa Bay Times

As a new school year is under way, more than 230,000 Florida children have stepped into kindergarten to begin their primary education, and perhaps 30 percent of them are not really ready to succeed.

In Florida, age is the sole determining factor for entry into public kindergarten programs. But child education experts — and common sense — will tell you that age alone is not the best way to measure readiness.

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When children are ready for school, they are ready for life.

08/28/2017| Miami Herald Op-Ed

As a new school year begins, more than 230,000 Florida children are stepping into kindergarten to begin their primary education, and perhaps 30 percent of them won’t really be ready to succeed.

In Florida, age is the sole determining factor for entry into public kindergarten programs. But child education experts — and common sense — will tell you that age alone is not the best way to measure readiness.

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Make early childhood education a priority

January, 2017| Steve Knobl and Aakash Patel

According to a recent National Public Radio poll, across regions and family types, the cost of child care is the greatest source of financial stress for families today. In Florida, as in many other states, it is less expensive to send a child to a state university than it is to pay for child care for an infant. Why? Because child care and early education is a labor-intensive industry, requiring a low student-to-teacher ratio.

For the last four years, the First Five Year’s bipartisan poll shows a majority of voters want greater access to affordable, quality early childhood education. Even in the midst of a polarized campaign season, 90 percent of voters agreed on one thing: Congress and the president should work together to make quality early childhood education more accessible and affordable for low- and moderate-income families.

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How Investing In Preschool Beats The Stock Market, Hands Down

December 2016| NPR

If you got 13 percent back on your investments every year, you’d be pretty happy, right? Remember, the S&P 500, historically, has averaged about 7 percent when adjusted for inflation.

What if the investment is in children, and the return on investment not only makes economic sense but results in richer, fuller, healthier lives for the entire family?

That’s the crux of a new paper out Monday, The Life-Cycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program, co-authored by Nobel laureate James Heckman, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago and the director of the Center for the Economics of Human Development.

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Boosting Attendance In Preschool Can Start With A Knock On The Door

November, 2016| NPR

There’s a lot of attention right now on improving attendance in schools — making sure kids don’t miss too many days. But what about the littlest students — those 3 and 4 years old? New research shows that if kids miss a lot of preschool, they’re way more likely to have problems in kindergarten or later on. Researchers and many top preschool programs are focusing on one solution as a way of getting pre-K attendance up: Home visits at the beginning of the year, before kids start missing and before parents have a chance to feel skeptical about the school.

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Bias Isn’t Just A Police Problem, It’s A Preschool Problem

November, 2016| NPR

First, a story: Late one night, a man searches for something in a parking lot. On his hands and knees, he crawls around a bright circle of light created by a streetlamp overhead.

A woman passes, stops, takes in the scene.

“What are you looking for? Can I help?”

“My car keys. Any chance you’ve seen them?”

“You dropped them right around here?”

“Oh, no. I dropped them way over there,” he says, gesturing vaguely to some faraway spot on the other side of the lot.

“Then why are you looking here?”

The man pauses to consider the question.


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U.S. Parents Are Sweating And Hustling To Pay For Child Care

October, 2016| NPR.org

Life is pretty busy for Mike Buchmann, a high school art teacher and football coach, and his wife Shannon, who works as an assistant controller at a small private college near their home in Mishawaka, Ind. Everyone is out the door by 7:45 each morning: Mike shuttles their two older kids to before-school care, while Shannon drops off their 14-month-old at a church-based child care center before they head off to their full-time jobs.

After their mortgage — which is about 20 percent of their combined take-home pay — child care is the family’s biggest expense. In fact, the cost of their youngest child’s day care alone — $660 a month — is more than half the family’s monthly mortgage payment.

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imes recommends: Bob Buesing, Darryl Rouson for Florida Senate

October, 2016| Tampa Bay Times

With several prominent state senators unopposed or facing only write-in candidates, there are just two genuine Florida Senate races in the Tampa Bay area. The outcomes will affect which issues get more emphasis in Tallahassee, including health care and children’s initiatives. Bob Buesing distinguishes himself in this race for an open Senate seat with his life experience, passion and appreciation of everyday challenges Floridians face. He is uniquely qualified and would bring a strong voice for this Tampa-area district.


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