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ELC Featured on WJHG – Local Organizations Seeing a Shortage of Early Childhood Education Teachers

By Sam Martello Published by WJHG TV: Aug. 4, 2021 at 7:34 AM CDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – There is a nationwide shortage of early childhood education teachers, and the same is seen here locally.

The Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida strives to serve learners ages 0-5 years old to create a world where all children have access to quality early education and learning experiences.

After the 7 counties, the ELCNWF serves faced severe impacts from Hurricane Michael and the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations are seeing a bigger need for childcare services than they have workers to provide.

Families depend on reliable childcare programs so that they can go to work and make a living to support their families. Without childcare, no one is going back to work and the economic well-being of families, businesses, and the community will suffer.

These job openings are so important to fill. If you know of a childcare business hiring, please reach out to them directly. Or you can contact the Early Learning Coalition at 850-747-5400 and ask for the Provider Development Manager.

For more information on what organizations are looking for in an early childhood education teacher, you can watch Sam’s full interview above.

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ELC Featured on – Looking Into Why More Children Are In Foster Care

By Gail Levy/WJHG | Posted to WJHG.COM ON Thu 4:36 PM, Apr 04, 2019 | Updated: Fri 6:49 AM, Apr 05, 2019

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – “We do have, certainly, steady numbers and increasing numbers,” said Magistrate Shannon Lord of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Lord says Hurricane Michael brought more than physical destruction.

“You have people in crisis. You have people even, you know, particularly after the hurricane, that now have no housing, no stability,” said Lord.

Officials with the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida are also feeling the effects.

“We got about a 40 percent increase in the number of children served for this year so far, from where we were last year,” said Executive Director of the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida, Suzan Gage.

But both the court and the non-profit agency are searching for answers.

“Could it be Hurricane Michael? Could it be, you know, parents with opioids or is it just trauma drama or abuse or whatever it is? You just gotta step back and ask what is going on with our young children,” said Gage. Continue reading “ELC Featured on – Looking Into Why More Children Are In Foster Care”