ONLINE 2015-2016 VPK registration is available as of March 10th!!!
Announcing: Parents can register Online for VPK--just click on the VPK button below!
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ELCFH needs your Public input on FY 15-16 Coalition Plan!!!
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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
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!
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