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Early Learning grants will help Pasco, Hernando child care providers

SPRING HILL — The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties Inc. recently awarded incentive grants to nine local child care facilities. In a time of economic uncertainty, the coalition earmarked $127,000 and announced five incentive programs to assist child care providers.

"These are particularly challenging times for child care providers, as many are experiencing significantly lower enrollments," executive director Jim Farrelly said. "Incentive programs reward centers who spend funds on training, curriculum, accreditation or expansion by sharing the cost for such upgrades."

Denise Gill, coalition board member and director of Bright Beginnings Preschool in Spring Hill, said providers have increased expenses that they don't want to pass on to parents, who they know can't afford them.

Since the November announcement of four original incentive programs, the coalition has added $20,000 for an additional incentive program to assist centers with the general costs associated with providing a top quality learning environment.

The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties has now allocated $127,000 and developed five incentive programs for child care providers. Funding is now offered in the areas of professional development, accreditation, curriculum, quality improvement and recruitment/expansion.

For information about the coalition, visit For information about the incentive programs, contact quality manager Nicole Flechas at [email protected] or (727) 233-8291.

Early Learning grants will help Pasco, Hernando child care providers 12/11/08 [Last modified: Sunday, December 14, 2008 1:21pm]
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