Children Entering School Ready to Learn
Message from the CEO
Spring is in the air and April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and our organization is planting a pinwheel garden as part of the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign headed by Prevent Child Abuse Florida. These pinwheels act as a reminder of the happy childhoods and bright future that all children deserve.
Children’s Week is April 6-11th in the State of Florida. This week is used to rally in support of Florida’s youth; while showing dedication to early education initiatives and advocate for legislative policies that improve our children’s development.
We can all play a role in ensuring that every child has an equal opportunity for healthy growth and development. Contact your local and state policymakers regarding the importance of investing in early childhood initiatives or arrange for someone from our Coalition to speak to your civic organization, professional organization or faith-based community.
Together we can make a difference!
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.