EARLY LEARNING COALITION MEETING: The board of directors of the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties will have a special meeting Feb. 27 to discuss the age range for school readiness services. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Pasco-Hernando Community College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey.
The meeting is the result of growing wait lists; there are currently about 500 children on the list. The subsidized child care program allows low-income parents, who are either working or in school, to apply for assistance. The coalition pays a portion of the fees, while parents contribute the rest, based on a sliding fee scale. Currently, children up to 8 years old are eligible. Those 5 and younger are enrolled in early education programs, while children ages 6 to 8 are enrolled in before- and after-school care.No action is anticipated at this meeting. Interested residents are welcome to share their concerns, suggestions and solutions. Due to space limitations, those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to Katie Nelson at [email protected] or (727) 233-8291.
SPONSORS WANTED FOR STORYBOOK EVENT: The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties is seeking sponsors for its fourth annual Storybook Forest event, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 6 at Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills. Early childhood educators will create interactive displays based on children's books. Children will learn about the story and create a related craft at each display, and will also meet popular characters such as Clifford the Big Red Dog, the Berenstain Bears and Olivia the Pig. Children can have their picture taken with the characters for free and will receive a book related to the character. For sponsorship opportunities or for information, contact quality supervisor Bev Doucet at [email protected] or call (727) 233-8291.
FUNDRAISERS FOR NEAR-DROWNING VICTIM: Fundraisers are planned to help with the medical expenses for Savannah Young, who suffers from hypoxia of the brain after nearly drowning in a swimming pool in June 2011, when she was 2 years old. A carwash will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at B&B Hobbies, 15926 U.S. 19, Hudson. Another fundraiser will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, where there will be raffles for a helmet signed by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and a football signed by Saints wide receiver Marques Colston. Donations of all amounts are welcome. Donations may also be brought to any Wells Fargo Bank, designated for the "Hope for Savannah" account. For information, visit facebook.com/near.drown, or call Kara at (504) 616-8797 or Karen at (352) 398-2347.
LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION CLASS: The Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, will offer a lifeguard class on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, March 20 to 30. The course is for people 16 and older who do not hold lifeguard certification.
Those interested must register by March 6 at the Y or online at suncoastymca.org. Attendance is required at 5 p.m. March 11 for prerequisite swim testing. For certification, attendance is required on all class dates. CPR/AED for the professional rescuer, first aid and oxygen administration are included in the class. The cost is $254 for Y facility members and $354 for program members and nonaffiliated participants. The cost includes the book, fanny pack, CPR mask, whistle, lanyard and all certification costs. For information, call (352) 688-9622.