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Weekly Conversation: Aakash Patel of the Hillsborough County Early Learning Coalition

Thursday, September 19, 2019

From Tampa Bay Times: “So, we have these (Child Care Executive Partnership) grants, they put in $50,000 into a pot. We’ve matched it. With that money, we want to take the children they’ve selected off the waiting list and got them into an education system, into VPK.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

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Prekindergarten, early education get limelight from House committee

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

From Tampa Bay Times: “The Florida House made clear Tuesday that prekindergarten and early education will receive heavy attention in the coming legislative session, as the state aims to better prepare its children for kindergarten and beyond.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

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Report: Counties That Support Parents Increase Child Well-Being

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

From WUSF News: Community coalitions and government programs that help parents improve their well-being are seeing those improvements passed on to children. That’s according to the 2019 Florida Child Well-Being Index, which was released Wednesday by Florida Kids Count.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

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We Should Treat Early Childhood Educators as Valued Employees

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

From TIME: “To complicate matters, we call them ‘babysitters,’ not educators. We ignore the training, care and attention that they bring to their work with children.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.