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The Latest News from the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County

Hurricane Season

The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County has provided 1,400 Pack n’ Plays to create safe infant sleep environments for infants during hurricane evacuations. This effort is in partnership with Hillsborough County’s Emergency Operations Center to prepare for the 2020 hurricane season. The cribs will be deployed to Hillsborough County emergency shelters for families with infants no cost accessing emergency shelters in the event of a natural disaster.

“It is critical that parents remember to add a Pack ‘n Play as a part of their hurricane preparedness,” says Kelley Parris, Children’s Board executive director. Our goal is to keep infants safe and remind caregivers to practice the ABCs of infant safe sleep: Alone, on their Back and in a Crib.”

Early Learning

The Children’s Board and the Quality Early Education System (QEES) held a special Early Childhood Teacher Appreciation Event May 20. The drive-through event supplied early childhood educators with masks, cleaning supplies and resources. The event was held to express gratitude to early learning providers who are helping ease the stress of parents as they transition back to work.

No Small Matters Documentary Film Screening 

On Aug. 6, the Children’s Board is partnering with Safe & Sound Hillsborough to show a free virtual movie screening of the documentary “No Small Matter.” The movie advocates for early childhood education and shares how critical learning is to the first five years of a child’s life. “Children that have a high-quality early education have overall better health and social outcomes,” says WHO. “When we invest in all children it has a lasting impact on the economy and overall well-being of the community. We invite the business community, parents and stakeholders to watch the film.” There are limited spots available; it is first come first serve.

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