Early learning is in the spotlight, locally and beyond. From news media to business and political leaders, people are looking out for our youngest neighbors in Pinellas and throughout Florida.
Early care and education impact all aspects of society. The following articles and broadcasts from recent months cover early childhood development from different angles and perspectives – and with some particular focus on Florida’s upcoming legislative session:
- Early Learning and Your Kids (In Focus with Ashley Walker-Torres, Spectrum News 13, panel interview featuring State Representative Jennifer Webb, Lindsay Carson with the Pinellas ELC, and Karen Willis with the Orange County ELC)
- Are Florida’s 4-year-olds ready for school? (Jeff Solochek’s Gradebook podcast interview with Pinellas ELC CEO Lindsay Carson)
- How employers can help with childcare (column by WellCare CEO Ken Burdick)
- Achievement gap starts as opportunity gap; VPK can help (St. Pete Catalyst column by Pinellas ELC CEO Lindsay Carson)
- $15 minimum wage could create fiscal cliff for families relying on childcare (Florida Politics covers minimum wage impacts on childcare)
- Early education emphasis and more (redefinED: “Critics of the state’s early education system are optimistic things might change for the better in the legislative session that starts January 14.”)
- Prekindergarten, early education get limelight from House Committee (Tampa Bay Times)
- Florida pre-k issues leave lawmakers with long to-do list (Tampa Bay Times)
- Opportunities to participate in Literacy Week (ELC seeks sponsors and readers for annual Jan 27-31 events at Pinellas preschools)
Follow the above outlets and reporters, and the ELC on Facebook, for updates on news coverage, events, calls-to-action and other activities.