How You Can Help

Support from organizations and individuals in our community are what help our staff carry out the mission to help 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.

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During this uncertain time, we have been dedicated to supporting the childcare centers and homes in our community. Though over 70% of childcare centers made the difficult decision to close, the remainder of centers opened their doors to the families of essential workers.

In a world shaken by Covid-19, the importance of childcare became more apparent. With schools and businesses shut down, essential workers rely on childcare providers. As businesses begin to reopen, the demand for childcare will increase.

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 (teachers working during COVID-19) & return to work educators.

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Emergency Childcare
Support Fund

As our community begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Emergency Childcare Support Fund has been established 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, some supplies are scarce. Childcare providers report a need for items such as paper goods, bleach, cleaning solutions, face masks, and more. Donations of goods directly support providers who are currently on the front lines every day.

NEW! 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 highly-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-reaching 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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