Children Entering School Ready to Learn
Message from the CEO
There has been much excitement for the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County in these past couple of months. We are very happy to be the recipients of the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, a McCormick Foundation Fund, $100,000 dollar grant. This grant means so much more to the Coalition than just its monetary value. The grant allows us to help increase the knowledge of educators working with today’s infants and toddlers while, in the long-term, positively impacting the lives of Orange County’s future leaders.
This month the Coalition will be hosting our fourth annual State of Early Care and Education, focusing on the first five years that are most vital to a child’s development. The breakfast panel discussion will take place Wednesday, February 26 from 7:45AM-10:00AM over the topic of the social emotional resiliency of a child. We will be discussing the importance of positive experiences and caring adults in a child’s life. We invite you, educators, community leaders and those with a vested interest in improving the first five years of a child’s life to get involved in the open Q & A session that will be fielded by our panel of experts. To register for this event, please visit our site http://conta.cc/1cpzZBH or contact the Coalition at 407-841-6607 for more information.
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.