How You Can Help

Support from organizations and individuals in our community is what helps our staff carry out our mission, helping young children prosper. Together we can continue to break down barriers in early education and help the children, families, and providers in Pinellas County thrive together. Read on to find out how you can give back to your community!

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At the height of the Covid-19 crisis, when public schools, small businesses, gyms and more were closing their doors, many child care providers showed up to care for children. Early educators, who often make minimum wage, supported the children of our essential workers, healthcare workers, and first responders, among others. Now we ask you to support them as they face challenges in maitaining or reopening their doors.

The ELC of Pinellas County knows that child-care is essential to

  • Support our workforce & first responders
  • Help families get back to work
  • Kick-start businesses that need employees
  • Further community economic recovery

We are asking you to help support childcare in our community by donating today.

The ELC will distribute funds raised to support childcare through:

  • Childcare scholarships to ensure access
  • Stability funding for childcare providers so they can reopen
  • Financial relief for child care providers and teachers returning to work 

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Emergency Childcare
Support Fund

As our community begins to reopen and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we have established the Emergency Childcare Support Fund in partnership with the Pinellas Community Foundation, with the goal of ensuring the backbone of our county’s economy remains stable. Funds collected will be used to provide relief to families through childcare scholarships in Pinellas County and support the reopening of licensed family and center-based childcare programs forced to close during the crisis.

Help Supply Pinellas Childcare Providers

As a result of Covid-19, child care providers report a need for items such as paper goods, bleach, cleaning solutions, face masks, and more in order to meet local and CDC guidelines. Donations of goods directly support provders who are on the front lines every day. 

ALERT: Providers in need of face masks! Click below to see how you can help.

Thrive By Five Pinellas

A collective impact initiative, Thrive By Five helps mobilize community partners in developing and promoting programs via high-functioning, countywide collaboration, which supports families with children ages 0 – 5. Thrive By Five looks at childhood development holistically, focusing on supporting a child’s physical, social-emotional, language, and cognitive development. The initiative engages a wide network that proactively connects families and caregivers with the County’s many available resources.

Amazon Give Back

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Click here to have 0.5% of your purchases donated to the ELC, at absolutely no cost to you!

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