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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 thernandez@elcpinellas.org.

RECENT NEWS

 

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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