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Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida launches community survey 

The Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida (ELCNWF) announced the launch of its Community Survey, aimed at gathering insights into the prevalent and critical issues faced by residents, service providers, businesses, and families in the region.

In a news release, ELCNWF said they “recognize the importance of understanding the diverse needs and concerns of the community it serves.” The survey has been commissioned to gain a comprehensive view of the challenges and priorities of Northwest Florida’s families, with the ultimate goal of better serving the region’s youngest learners.

“We want to hear from everyone who represents the broad interests of our region,” said Suzan Gage, executive director of the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida. “This includes businesses, individuals serving those in need, government representatives, families, and educators. By sharing their perspectives, participants will help shape the future of early childhood education and development in Northwest Florida.”

The survey covers topics ranging from participants’ vision for the community to their current needs and top priorities for the region. By gathering this data, ELCNWF aims to make informed decisions that will effectively and efficiently meet the needs of Northwest Florida’s youngest learners in the years to come.

“We encourage everyone to take part in this survey and to share it with their friends, family, and colleagues,” said Gage. “The more voices we hear, the better equipped we will be to address the challenges and opportunities facing Northwest Florida.”

The survey, accessible at, will remain open until May 12.

Local veterans raise money for kids with crawfish boil

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — Some local veterans are doing their part to make life better for area children.

The American Legion Post 393 partnered with The Crawfish Kings Friday evening for their first-ever crawfish boil and bike ride.

They hoped to raise around $2,000 for the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida.

The money will go to fund reading, mental health, and inclusion programs for children up to the age of 5.

Early Learning Coalition Communications and Development Director Tami Valdez says this event will really help the kids.

“This is new for us, but we’re happy to get any support that we can get and the recognition for early learning,” Valdez said. “It’s such an important thing to make sure our children are ready to learn when they hit kindergarten and any community support we can get is wonderful.”

The groups are already planning for the second annual crawfish boil next April.