2019 Community Builder Award Recipient
Early Learning Coalition of Orange County
Since 2000, the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County (ELCOC) has worked tirelessly to
ensure all Orange County children enter school ready to learn by promoting high-quality standards among early learning service providers and providing training and technical assistance to improve teacher quality. The ELCOC is an unwavering resource for local families and an advocate for future academic success for the children of Orange County. Research shows that investment in early learning programs is essential to eliminating the learning divide that starts before kindergarten and can last a lifetime. ELCOC recognizes that pre-school education of our youngest citizens is imperative to our community’s vitality and future economic, cultural and social well-being.
Last school year, the ELCOC provided quality services to 32,400 children in Orange County. Currently, ELCOC supports more than 750 early care and education centers in Orange County. The School Readiness program provides financial assistance to eligible Orange County families giving them access to high-quality early care and education while they are working to become financially self-sufficient. ELCOC provides
scholarships to 4-year-olds, regardless of income, to attend Florida’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program (VPK), giving them access to quality education which promotes early brain development and academic skills essential to success in school. The ELCOC is a true Community Builder, dedicated to training and inspiring productive citizens and leaders of tomorrow.
The Early Learning Coalition of Orange County continues to be an unwavering resource for local families and ensuring the future academic success for the children of this community. Investment in early learning programs is essential to eliminating the learning divide that starts before kindergarten and can last for a lifetime, which is essential to our community’s vitality and future economic growth. They are dedicated to expanding our educational resources, keeping up with the increasing need for quality early care and inspiring the leaders of tomorrow. Since his service in the Florida State Senate and throughout his 17 years as our Mayor, Mayor Dyer has made early childhood education a priority of his administration through many partnerships with the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County.
Congratulations to Karen Willis, Early Learning Coalition CEO, their board and staff on being selected as this year’s recipient of Mayor Dyer’s Community Builder Award!
To learn more about The Early Learning Coalition of Orange county, visit elcoforangecounty.org
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