In late February, the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County hosted the 3rd annual State of Early Care and Education breakfast forum and this year’s topic was Early Childhood Education and the Sustainability of the Central Florida Workforce: Are our children ready for careers in math and science?
This year 190 guests, a 48% increase from the previous year, were in attendance at the Orlando Science Center to hear from the informative panel that included Dr. Barbara Bowman, author and Erikson Institute co-founder, Eva Blum, senior vice president of PNC Bank and board chairman of PNC Bank Foundation as well as Mark Hayes, program director of education at Lake Nona Institute. The panel was moderated by Jeff Day, chief meteorologist with Central Florida News 13. Each panelist brought a different perspective to the discussion. Many guests were unaware of how other local businesses were doing to help foster workforce development in our youngest citizens.
“What a terrific meeting, starting with the wonderful breakfast, the incredible panel, and the informative and heartwarming video messages. Our local speakers had a wonderful message for the business community. I had no idea of the extent of the program PNC and the Tavistock Group had in targeting the educational needs for early childhood,” stated Pat Cronon, executive director of Hand N Hand Child Enrichment Center.
The science, technology, engineering and math industries are rapidly advancing and if Florida wants to stay competitive we will have to make sure our children are engaged in these subjects before they enter school. The process must begin in the early education setting. Call us at 407-841-6607 if you would like to learn more information or become involved.