The Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota hosted an inaugural Early Learning Breakfast for Business Champions on Tuesday March 6th to recognize local business efforts toward making childcare more accessible and teach community leaders about the cost and necessity of early learning.
Florida’s societal safety net has a big, gaping hole in it, and children are slipping through, Larry Miller, the dean of education at Florida Southwestern State College, told a group of business leaders and children’s advocates. That hole is in the funding and services provided to children before they enter kindergarten, Miller said.
“It’s a window of opportunity that if we miss, it’s really expensive to replace and we may not be able to,” Miller said.
Miller addressed a crowd of roughly 80 at the Early Learning Breakfast for Business Champions at Suncoast Technical College, sponsored by the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County and CareerSource Suncoast.
The event also celebrated business leaders who were striving to make child care more accessible and affordable for their employees.
See link below to the Herald Tribune article about the event
See link below to a file showing the Early Learning Business Champion Awards for our three honorees: Pines of Sarasota, Sarasota Memorial Hospital and PGT Innovations.
Business Champion Awards 2018
See link below to the keynote speaker presentation.
Sarasota ELC presentation 6 March
The Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County recognized in Top 25 Best Places to Work
November 5, 2017 (Sarasota, FL) – The Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County is pleased to be recognized among the 2017 list of 25 of the Best Places to Work in Sarasota and Manatee Counties by the Herald Tribune’s inaugural survey. The best companies were selected by an independent research firm based on two criteria: employee benefits and policies; and, employee engagement and satisfaction. The process included in-depth surveys including one completed confidentially by staff.
“We have a great workplace at the coalition with truly talented people who work every day to achieve our shared vision and goals”, states Executive Director Janet Kahn. “No matter our individual job, our people have a passion for helping children grow toward lifelong success through quality early learning.“
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.