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New Program Supports Access to High Quality Early Education

Improves day to day finances for participants

February 3, 2017 (Sarasota, FL) – With support from United Way Suncoast, providing funds for a small pilot program, parents in Sarasota will have additional financial resources for meeting the costs of high-quality child care and teachers in selected centers will also receive additional support and resources. “We are extremely excited and appreciative to receive this funding to implement this new pilot that benefits working families as well as early care and education teachers,” says Janet Kahn, Executive Director of the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County. This new program impacts financial stability by putting funds back into the budgets of working parents, so they will no longer have to choose between high-quality care, critical for the success of their children, and other basic needs. The Bridges to Financial Success program pays the full cost of childcare for program participants along with an incremental additional payment to the childcare site so that pay for the teachers in the program can be increased. Click here for full press release and more information.