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CATCHing on to Health! 

CATCHing on to Health! 

WORDS & PICTURES: Gabrielle Versmessen

“GO, SLOW, and WHOA!” are words one can hear children shouting when participating in the CATCH Early Childhood program. These catchphrases are readily recognized and easy to remember for young students when identifying healthful foods. Although the CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) program has been nationwide since 1988, Manatee CATCH has been around for about three years. The program is facilitated by the Early

The Dream Machine!

The Dream Machine!

WORDS: Rachel Spivey
PICTURES: Kelly Beavers

The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County (ELC) is proud to unveil the newest member of its mobile educational fleet. Meet the Dream Machine, where children are asked to play, dream, and then achieve!  

The Dream Machine is a 2001 International 3400 local church bus that was transformed into the ELC’s latest mobile classroom. The Dream Machine is fully renovated and designed to inspire

Whatever It Takes!

Whatever It Takes!

The From Cradle to College Foundation (which acts as a supporting organization to benefit the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County) was proud to launch Operation W.I.T. last October. Eager to learn more about this new program, Nextgen Family Magazine interviewed Rachel Spivey, Director of Community Educational Initiatives, and Stephanie Washington, the Operation W.I.T. Program Manager to get an insight on what Operation W.I.T does.

Q: What does W.I.T. stand

Adding to the Fleet!

Adding to the Fleet!

WORDS: Katelyn Disbro
PICTURES: Whitney Patton

The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County (ELC) recently rolled out; pun intended, the newest member of its fleet! The third educational vehicle, named the Mobile Learning Lab, will run alongside the Book Bus and the STEAM Machine, adding additional resources to the ELC’s community educational initiatives. 

The former Manatee County school bus was generously donated to the ELC by the School District. The …

Engaging Our Community One Child at a Time…

Engaging Our Community One Child at a Time…

WORDS & PICTURES: Jessica Schubick

The Community Engagement team at the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County (ELC) is a newly-formed branch of the Child Development department supporting the ELC’s drive to make the community as strong and positive for families as possible.

Under the guidance of Director of Child Development Kerry Gaylord, Rachel Spivey heads this new team as Community Engagement Program Manager, with support from team members: Sheila …

Early Education Opportunities for All!

Early Education Opportunities for All!

WORDS & PICTURES: Jessica Schubick

When families have questions or concerns about their child’s development or behavior, they may not know where to turn for guidance. The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County’s Inclusion Services department connects families with local resources to provide screenings and to help insure the child is in the least restrictive, and most appropriate, learning environment.

The best way to help a child achieve developmental milestones …

Hungry for a Change

Hungry for a Change

WORDS: Amy Bell

Across the Tampa Bay area, hundreds of thousands of people are considered “food insecure.” This means they do not have consistent, easy access to safe, nutritionally adequate food. While you may assume food insecurity is something that impacts only homeless people, this is not the case. Many working adults, children, and elderly people also lack access to nutritious food.

Fortunately, Feeding Tampa Bay, part of the national …