NEXTGEN Magazine

Investing In Tomorrow Through Families And Our Community!

What we do

NEXTGEN is the official family resource of Manatee County, featuring local events and good news around our community and is brought to you by the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County, Inc (ELC). The educational and family resource magazine is distributed to the parents of 25,000 elementary school children in 47 Manatee County schools, with an additional 8,000 distributed to over 200 childcare facilities, libraries, medical offices, hospitals and other business offices throughout the county. Our new website features local events, community updates and interactive activities and games for children of all ages.

Latest Issue

Community Heros

Nothing Stopping Santa This Year! 

Most people would be surprised to learn that Santa Claus lives in Bradenton, Florida, but chances are if you've attended Elementary school in Manatee County in the last 30 years, you've met Steve Hensell, or "Santa Steve," as he's better known...

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