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Updated: 12/03/2013 05:13:57PM

Homeless Sarasota families get child care

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SARASOTA COUNTY — The Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County is overseeing a new state program that is allowing easier access to child care for area homeless families.

In July, Early Learning came out with new, Florida Legislature-mandated criteria stating that children of homeless families are eligible for state-funded scholarships on a priority basis for a certain period of time. The coalition, which also receives assistance from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation in Venice, provides administration and oversight of the local system of early education for preschool-age children in Sarasota County, ensuring quality child care, early learning and family access to services for young children. It serves more than 4,000 children.

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