The Early Learning Coalition will join community organizations across the country in observing Provider Appreciation Day to celebrate the efforts of local early learning and school-age care providers in what has been a year of tremendous challenge for child care. Often forgotten, these dedicated individuals nurture, protect and educate young children in the Tampa Bay Area. The Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of Pinellas County celebrates these unsung heroes, Friday, May 7, 2021.
Child care providers offered vital care to working families in need of support and a safe environment for their school-aged children to learn. Providers stepped in to support children in remote-learning situations, allowing families to return to Florida’s workforce.
“Early education is so much more than a “job”. It is a purpose, a profession, an opportunity to shape the future. Career opportunities are available at child care centers throughout Pinellas County,” said Lindsay Carson, CEO of Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County. “We are committed to providing early childhood educators with the resources and support needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond.”
Early childhood educators are crucial to a child’s development and academic success in the future. The years from birth to five years old are the most important developmental years for a child. The majority of the brain’s connections are made during this time, and a child’s personality is mostly formed. It is important that we recruit the most quality child care educators who spend the most amount of time with your child are helping to shape the person that child will become.
For more information on how to support Child Care providers and educators in Pinellas County, visit, www.ELCPinellas.org