Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County

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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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Bob Buesing introduces ‘bonus kids’ in 1st SD 18 TV ad

October, 2016| Florida Politics

Bob Buesing is going on the air with his first TV ad in the Senate District 18 race.“Table” is biographical spot introducing Buesing, his wife, Karen and three of six “Bonus Kids” to the people of Hillsborough County. The ad focuses on Buesings’ belief that every child in Florida deserves a fair shot at a better life. Over the last decade, they worked to put those values into action, by welcoming six young people into their home who were either at-risk or outright homeless. These “bonus kids,” who may have slipped through the cracks, were given a chance at a better life.A statement by the campaign talks about the three children featured in the ad: Laura Lee, Bianqa and Alberto.


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Screening Mental Health In Kindergarten Is Way Too Late, Experts Say

September, 2016| Kavitha Cordoza

When it comes to children’s brains, Rahil Briggs describes them as … sticky.”Whatever we throw, [it] sticks. That’s why they can learn Spanish in six months when it takes us six years,” says the New York City based child psychologist, “but also why if they’re exposed to community violence, or domestic violence, it really sticks.”Briggs works at the Healthy Steps program at the Montefiore Comprehensive Health Care Center in the South Bronx, screening children as young as 6 months for mental health issues.

That may sound young, too young maybe, but that’s when some experts believe it’s important to catch the first signs that something may be wrong. Many say waiting until kindergarten is too late.

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Social Emotional Teaching Strategies and the Role of the Caregiver

September, 2016| Growing Children

The school year has begun! As you prepare to teach your preschoolers this year, remember that your interactions and environment play an incredible role in children’s social- emotional well being. The social-emotional domain is foundational to all learning. Providing an experience for the children in which they feel safe and supported will give them the confidence they need to succeed. It is important to always be attentive to the child’s needs. Showing a child that you are there for them will build the trust that is needed for them to seek guidance. Keep in mind that each child will need unique interventions and support to help them develop their skills. Children flourish in environments that provide consistency. Focus on creating routines that involve meaningful activities, especially in times of transition.

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7 Ways to Teach Kids Good Work Ethic While They Are Young

September, 2016| The Realistic Mama

Equipping kids with a good work ethic early on will take them from ordinary to extraordinary, especially when they start looking for their first job. Beginning this process when they are young is the best way to instill this trait strongly within them – we want working hard and well to be like second nature for our kids. Today, with the help of Kronos (our sponsor), we are sharing 7 ways to teach a good work ethic while our kids are still young.childr

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3 Outdoor Activities for Kids that Build Brains and Bodies

September, 2016| Lynne Kenney, PsyD.

Remember when you were young? You hopped, skipped, and tumbled through your backyard, neighborhood park, and front garden. Playing with abandon, outdoors and in nature, was really good for you—and continues to be great for your kids.There’s growing evidence that outdoor activities for kids are hardwired into their DNA. The need to play outdoors is fundamental and essential to social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Rough and tumble, creative, and imaginary play, particularly outdoors, contributes to brain connections and the myelination of your child’s neurons—a process that is vital to healthy brain function, according to Zero to Three. The lesson? Play now, play later, and play more.


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Surprising reversal: School readiness gap narrows between rich and poor kids

August 2016 | Get Schooled Blog

Research findings released today depart from the usual bleak news about the academic prospects of American children born into low-income families: The gap in kindergarten academic readiness between high- and low-income students narrowed by 10 percent to 16 percent between 1998 and 2010. The significant narrowing comes after decades of a widening gap that caused education advocates to fear the United States was at risk of producing a permanent underclass. The school readiness gap for cohorts of children born in the mid-1970s and mid-1990s had grown by about 40 percent.

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Investing in early childhood assures rewarding adult outcomes

August, 2016| Tampa Bay Times

The Children’s Movement of Florida will host a debate Tuesday among the four Democratic candidates vying for the District 19 state Senate seat, and it will focus on issues affecting children from birth to age 5. The forum will be the first of several hosted by the grass roots group, and with good reason.


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20 Secrets of Kindergarten Teachers

August, 2016| www.todaysparent.com

How come they listen to you and not me?
That’s a question kindergarten teachers get from exasperated parents all the time.

The truth is, when it comes to managing behaviour, teachers have some pretty big advantages over moms and dads: years of education and experience; the power of peer pressure (which explains why your kid refuses to put away his Lego at home but stands obediently in line with his classmates at school); and the fact that your kid’s teacher simply isn’t you, so he’s way less inclined to push the boundaries and buttons that come with familiarity.


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Kindergarten Lessons Every Adult Needs A Reminder Of

August 2016| mashable.com

Anyone who has constant contact with kids knows they’re full of sage wisdom. And often, the most important lessons kids can teach us are evident within the microcosm of a kindergarten classroom.

In fact, when you really think about it, the vast majority of the most important lessons we learn about social interactions, making friends, respecting others (and ourselves) and, of course, coloring occur by the age of six.

Yet somehow as we progress through the teen years into young adulthood and beyond, these seemingly innate bits of knowledge begin to fade from memory.

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Five Important Things to Look for in a Child Care Center

August, 2016| Sandbox Software

Parents realize the importance of selecting the right care facility for their children since their choice of child care center will have a major impact on their children’s lives. They want a place where their children will be comfortable and have fun, but that will also benefit and assist with their child’s development. Here are five things parents look for when choosing a child care center.

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