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SPOTLIGHT on Providers

SPOTLIGHT on Providers

Check out the Summer 2018 edition of the SPOTLIGHT on Providers, the quarterly publication for child care providers created by the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, Inc.

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Coalition on Studio 10 Live!
August 2016

Jayne Goldstein (Director at "5 Star," TodayCare at PHSC) and Coalition Executive Director, Jim Farrelly, appeared on "Studio10 Live" (WTSP/CBS; St. Pete) to discuss Sunshine Stars.

Care Provider Donates Twelve Scholarships to Children on Coalition Waitlist
May 2016

Kids 'R' Kids of Wesley Chapel donates the equivalent of $92,000 to sponsor twelve children from Pasco County who have been on a waiting list for subsidized child care services. Bimal Bhojani, Chief Executive of Kids 'R' Kids and Betsy Kier, Coalition Assistant Director sit down with Lissette Campos for another Positively Tampa Bay segment to discuss the donation.

Coalition Wins 2016 WEDU "Be More Humble" Award.
February 2016

The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, Inc. was honored with the 2016 Be More Humble Award at the 11th Annual WEDU "Be More" Awards, at an on field luncheon sponsored by the Tampa Bay Rays and WEDU Public Television. The Be More Humble Award is driven by an online poll voted on by the public in the WEDU viewing area from November to December (2015). This prestigious award exhibits the connection and relationship the organization has with the community and the people it serves by allowing the general public to pay tribute to the nonprofit that they feel most exemplifies the essence of the community.

Coalition nominated for the WEDU "Be More Unstoppable-Nonprofit Organization of the Year Award"
January 2016

The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, Inc. was named a finalist for the "Nonprofit of the Year" for the 11th Annual WEDU Be More Awards! Check out the interview with Positively Tampa Bay's Lissette Campos on ABC Action News.

The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, Inc. was recently considered among top nonprofit organizations within the Tampa Bay region by WEDU Public Television. The "Be More Unstoppable-Nonprofit Organization of the Year Award" (2015) is the most coveted and is determined through extensive research by an independent judging committee and given to an organization that, through a superior level of service, helps their community to "Be More."

The Coalition will compete against 70 top nonprofit organizations and individuals within the Tampa Bay region.

Coalition Awards First Five-Star Rating
November 2015

Coalition Awards First Five-Star Rating

The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, Inc. is proud to announced its first "five-star rating" of an Early Learning Center, issued to Miss Betty's Childcare and Preschool in Port Richey, Florida. On Tuesday, November 24, 2015, the Coalition will presented Miss Betty's with an inaugural, five-star banner, thanks to the recent implementation of "Sunshine Stars."

Sunshine Stars is a Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) designed to recognize and promote a culture of continuous quality improvement as well as assist parents in understanding how to choose and evaluate efficient early learning programs. Sunshine Stars ensures high quality learning experiences for our children by issuing a "star-rating." A five-star rating indicates the highest of quality programs.

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Coalition ranks 7th in the Nation
April 2012

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The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco Hernando was recently recognized by The NonProfit Times, a leading national publication for nonprofit management, as one of the "50 Best NonProfits to Work For in 2012."

The Coalition ranks 16th on the list of 50, which includes organizations as the American Heart Association with 2,694 employees (ranked 39th) and the Mayo Clinic Health System with 1,512 employees (ranked 48th).

The top 50 organizations were subdivided into three categories: large, medium and small employers. Within the small employers list, the Coalition ranks seventh alongside organizations as the Animal League Defense Fund (ranked 4th) and the Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc. (ranked 6th).

Of the 17 small organizations listed, the Coalition is the only organization with headquarters in the state of Florida, and is one of only four organizations listed within the top 50 organizations with headquarters in Florida.

The Coalition's ranking is listed in a special April edition of The Nonprofit Times.

Dog Day Afternoon boosts worker-friendly reputation at Coalition
April 2012

Welcome to Dog Day Afternoon, where employees get to spend the last few hours of the work week with their pooches. It's this and other perks such as barbeque lunches, a sick leave bank, and potluck staff meetings that earned the agency a spot on The NonProfit Times annual list of 50 best nonprofits to work for in 2012.

Read the article: Dog Day Afternoon Boosts Worker-Friendly Reputation, Tampa Bay Times

Coalition Wins At 2012 WEDU "BE MORE" Awards
February 2012

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For the second time in three years, the Coalition was chosen by the public to receive the "BE MORE HUMBLE" award. Thank you for your continued support! View photos from the awards ceremony at

Early Learning Coalition on ABC News

The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, Inc. was recently featured on the "Positively Tampa Bay" segment on WFTS ABC Action News at Noon. Lissette Campos conducted a live interview with Coalition Executive Director Jim Farrelly. Video footage of the interview is available below. If you would like to learn more about Positively Tampa Bay please visit

Early Learning Coalition Named Nonprofit of the Year
June 2010

2010 Nonprofit of the Year AwardsThe Tampa Bay Business Journal named the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, Inc. as the Education Nonprofit of the Year during its annual awards ceremony held on June 24, 2010 at the Embassy Suites Hotel at the University of South Florida.

The 2010 Nonprofit of the Year Award winners were the subject of a special section of the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Please follow the link to see the full article:

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Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, Inc.

Phone: (727) 233-8291 · Fax: (727) 857-0151 · TOLL FREE: 1-866-797-9444

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