Children Entering School Ready to Learn
Message from the CEO
The holiday season is in full swing and we want to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to all parents, early childhood education providers and advocates of quality early care and education initiatives.
Recently, we recognized 24 students who have received their Child Development Associates (CDA) credential through the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation under the instruction of our talented staff. We are grateful for community partners like Orlando Magic who advocate the importance of strengthening educators for our community’s youngest citizens and future workforce.
As we gather this holiday season, we must remember there is still more work to be done to ensure that ALL Orange County children have the same opportunities and resources to enter school ready to learn. This can only be made possible with your support. On average there are more than 8,000 children from low-income families waiting for quality child care services and your support can help make a difference.
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Karen Willis, CWDP
CEO, Early Learning Coalition of Orange County
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No Time to Waste
We all want to remember our children’s first steps, first words, first tooth and all of the important milestones in their development. From the time a child is born, there are only 2,000 days until kindergarten. The Early Learning Coalition of Orange County works to help parents ensure that their children enter school ready to learn.