ELC IN THE NEWS 

Find the latest news about our work in the child care sector, below.

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RECENT NEWS


CLEARWATER, Fla. —
According to Bay Area child-care providers, young children are continuing to struggle emotionally because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why some teachers are learning tools to help their students cope. At Hope Academy International in Clearwater, they’ve invested in mental-health training for her teachers.

LAKELAND, Fla. — The pandemic hit the child care industry hard.  In Lakeland, Karina Sloan was forced to temporarily shut down one of her centers because of the virus. Families were not coming. Now, her child care centers are back open, but Sloan has lost close to $50,000 trying to operate.


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Enrollment in Florida’s VPK Program is down and educators are worried about the long-term impact that could have on students. Sandy White is the Director of Barlow Little Palms Pre-School in Palm Harbor. She said typically she has 9 or more children enrolled in the center’s VPK class but this school year it’s been a struggle.
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Early learning educators and advocates are worried after seeing a decline in enrollment for Florida’s voluntary prekindergarten (VPK) program. The Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas tells 8 On Your Side they are seeing roughly about a 20% decline.
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Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten program has experienced enrollment declines in the past year, raising concerns about what the long-term effects might be for many young learners. At the same time, the program is trying to deal with a performance assessment that shows almost half the students at the next level might not be getting the tools they need.
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YESTERDAY’S NEWS

February 17, 2021 – Tampa Bay Newswire
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.
– The Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County sent a letter to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis urging the administration to consider early learning and school-age care providers as a priority in the next phase of COVID-19 vaccine distributions.
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Adjusting to life during a pandemic has been challenging for everyone. Even the youngest members of society have been forced to adapt.
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PINELLAS STATE LEGISLATORS HEARS FROM
CONSTITUENTS AT DELEGATION MEETING

January 29, 2021 – BayNews 9
Already dealing with a six percent budget “withholding,” acting Pinellas-Pasco County State Attorney Bruce Bartlett called on members of the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation on Tuesday not to go any further in reducing funding to his agency. 
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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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