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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
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