Children's Week 2015 Celebrate locally with the ELCFH!
Click here to see the local hanging of the hands activities at our libraries with Board members and staff. All of these hands were created by young children at contracted School Readiness provider programs, with a duplicate set sent to Tallahassee to be displayed in the Capitol Rotunda!! The idea behind the hands is to demonstrate to local legislators that there needs to be increased funding, so that all children have access to quality early child care education in their communities so that they enter kindergarten ready to learn!
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Being a parent is a big job. Healthy Families is here to help.
Healthy Families provides free, voluntary, home visiting services that increase parenting knowledge and skills. During regularly scheduled home visits, parents receive encouragement and support and learn about healthy child growth and development. These services begin prenatally or immediately after the birth of your baby.
Contact us today to see if you qualify for services.
Odell Rivas, HF Desoto/Hardee
Jill Perrotta, HF Charlotte
APRIL is DeSoto County's Child Abuse Prevention Month! Join us for these events:
Join us at the DeSoto Public Library on April 1st for the Pinwheel Garden and Display
Come back on April 2nd to see Children's Artwork and the Hands Display that represent local agencies that support DeSoto children and their families!
APRIL 10th show your support and wear BLUE!
Call Healthy Families for deatils at 863.303.4022 and join in and support Child Abuse Prevention Month in DeSoto County!
Stretch your dollars when shopping on Amazon! Your dollar will go a little further if you choose Early Learning Coalition of Florida's Heartland every time you shop! Thanks!
The Early Learning Coalition of Florida’s Heartland provides School Readiness services to a four county area. We are one of 30 ELCs in Florida and our core service is child care subsidies for low-income and at-risk children age birth to 12 years. Our children are in need of child care so that their parents can work or attend school. We work with local child care providers to provide a good quality early learning experience that includes a literacy rich environment; our goal is to work closely with parents and providers to assure children start school ready to learn.
Unfortunately, the state and federal funding we receive is not sufficient to serve all of the eligible children in our area. This means that we always have eligible children on our wait list for service. Funding received through Amazon Smile would have a two-fold effect- it would immediately help a child in need receive child care services and it would enable a low income parent to continue to work or attend school. These dollars would work in tandem with local contributions from agencies such as the United Way to assure children have access to quality child care services.
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Welcome to the Early Learning Coalition of Florida’s Heartland
from Ashley Coone, ELCFH Board Chair
At the Early Learning Coalition of Florida's Heartland, Inc, we understand that the first five years of a child's life are filled with incredible growth and development. From a child's first words and steps to kindergarten entry, the world is a wondrous place for learning and exploration. Parents and child care providers nurture children's growth and development through responsive and caring relationships. As a community, we believe that we have an obligation to support families with young children and the child care providers who tirelessly provide early care and education services.
Our goal is to ensure young children in Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee and Highlands counties have access to high quality early care and education programs. A high quality early care and education program is one that is filled with rich and creative experiences, a developmentally appropriate environment and caring teachers who sincerely connect with young children. Such a program can truly help a young child prepare for school success!
Please contact your local ELCFH office for your School Readiness, Voluntary-Prekindergarten and Child Care Resource and Referral needs. We look forward to serving you!
"A person's a person no matter how small." Dr. Seuss
Punta Gorda Lions Club Provide Free Hearing, Vision and BMI screenings!
Making sure a child is healthy and reaching developmental milestones is key to future success in school. The Punta Gorda Lions Club is assisting the Early Learning Coalition of Florida’s Heartland, Inc. (ELCFH) by supporting that success! During this past school year, the Lions Club facilitated hearing, vision, and body mass index (BMI) screenings for children age birth to kindergarten entry. The screenings took place at local child care provider sites, making the service convenient for parents and comfortable for young children. Over 672 Charlotte County young children were screened at 20 child care provider locations. Referrals were made for any vision, hearing or weight related concerns. Catching issues early allows time for a child to be evaluated and treated by a doctor prior to starting school. This can make a huge and very positive impact on the child's performance in school. "We appreciate the dedication and important service the Punta Gorda Lions Club is providing our young children", stated Ashley Coone, Board Chair of the ELCFH. “Many times parents are unaware that their child has a vision or hearing problem. They appreciate knowing about these health issues so they can address them early in their child’s life”. A total of 9 dedicated Punta Gorda Lions Club members, led by Lions Bill and Pat Favero, put in 79 volunteer hours conducting the screenings during September, 2013, through March, 2014. The mission of the ELCFH is to support families and children in accessing high quality early care and education services via School Readiness and Voluntary Pre-kindergarten programs. The ELCFH also serves as a point of access to resources and referrals for health care and family support services.
The ELCFH is currently recruiting for the following Board seats: Private Sector - Business (Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee and Highlands County). Download the Application