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Find the latest news and press releases about our work in the child care sector below.

If you find yourself passionate about high-quality early education and wish to support Pinellas’ child care community, please scroll down to view resources to share with others. To learn more about how to help, click here.

Looking to interview someone from the ELC or request a speaker? Email whall@elcpinellas.org.

RECENT NEWS

Adjusting to life during a pandemic has been challenging for everyone. Even the youngest members of society have been forced to adapt.  “Their routines right now are really disrupted. Everything is a little different, everybody seems a little strange to them, and so the more we can do to keep things in a natural environment gives them comfort,” said Lindsay Carson, CEO of the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas.
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FAMILY FRIENDLY PINELLAS PRESENTS
FIRST BUSINESS AWARDS
January 14, 2020 – St. Pete Area Chamber
Family Friendly Pinellas, a Thrive by Five initiative and ­­­­­­­subsidiary of Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County, recently launched its exclusive Family Friendly Business Award®.  The Family Friendly Business Award® is a trademark-registered award recognizing businesses in Pinellas County creating friendly workplace environments for families.
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1,000 MORE STUDENTS ABLE TO ENROLL IN PINELLAS COUNTY EARLY LEARNING COALITION
November 27, 2020 – BayNews 9
Pinellas County’s Early Learning Coalition just got a big financial boost from the state to expand its school readiness program. Legislators added an additional $3.8 million to the ELC’s budget, allowing the organization to enroll 1,000 more preschoolers.
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TAMPA BAY CHILD CARE CENTERS FACING FINANCIAL UNCERTAINTY AFTER STATE DEPT. OF EDUCATION COMPUTER MALFUNCTION
November 18, 2020 – WFLA Channel 8 News
A malfunction by yet another state computer system has threatened to sink day care centers throughout Florida that are barely managing to survive the COVID-19 crisis.
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WHO’S MINDING OUR LITTLEST CHILDREN? COVID’S IMPACT ON LOCAL CHILD CARE CENTERS
August 11, 2020 – 83 Degrees Media
The national debate of late is focused on the return of young people to grade school, high school, and college. But safe, high-quality childcare for infants, toddlers, and other preschool-age children is even more of a concern for parents getting back to work.

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FLORIDA VPK ENROLLMENT DOWN STATEWIDE AMID CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS
August 9, 2020 – Tampa Bay Times
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to strain residents’ basic needs, Pinellas County is partnering with two local agencies to distribute $34 million in federal CARES Act funding targeted towards child care facilities and nonprofits.

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FLORIDA VPK ENROLLMENT DOWN STATEWIDE AMID CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS
August 6, 2020 – ABC Action News
TAMPA, Fla. — Enrollment in Florida’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program is down statewide in 2020, according to the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas. This comes as many families are choosing to keep children home as COVID-19 spreads across the state.

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‘DON’T FORGET ABOUT US’ – PRE-K TEACHERS, STAFF WORKING THROUGH PANDEMIC FEEL FORGOTTEN
August 6, 2020 – ABC Action News
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — As communities hold meeting after meeting to focus on how to get teachers and students back to school safely, Pre-K and early learning teachers say they’ve already been facing the health dangers for months.
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VPK REGISTRATIONS FALL IN TAMPA BAY AMID CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS
August 3, 2020 – WFLA Channel 8 News
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — School is almost back in session in most Tampa Bay area counties, but parents of 4-year-old children are scrambling to find options while coronavirus cases continue to spread.
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS

 

TAMPA BAY ON BRINK OF CHILD CARE CRISIS AMID CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
July 9, 2020 – Channel 8 News
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – The Pinellas County Early Learning Coalition believes a possible child care crisis is underway due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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FLORIDA CHILDCARE FACILITIES ABLE TO RETURN TO NORMAL CAPACITY AFTER STATE LOOSENS RESTRICTIONS
May 26, 2020 – ABC Action News
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Florida childcare providers are now able to increase their classroom capacities back to normal numbers, calming fears for some facilities that they may have to close because they could barely make ends meet.

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Media Resources & More

 

Please use the resources below to help spread the word about the work we do to support high-quality, equitable child care in Pinellas County. If you have questions about the resources or need different formats, please emails thernandez@elcpinellas.org.

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