Partnership with Children’s
Board of Hillsborough County and
Hillsborough community College.
Welcome to Early Literacy Matters
Early Literacy Matters (ELM) was funded by the Children's Board of Hillsborough County in September, 2002 and has been at Hillsborough Community College (HCC) since February 1, 2004. The program has served more than 500 preschool teachers and 6,000 children since its inception. In FY13, Hillsborough Community College and The Early Learning Coalition partnered together to develop the Early Literacy Initiative Program. The program helps prepare 4-5 year old children for kindergarten and increase their literacy skills through our Literacy Initiative Program. In FY13, we successfully worked with over 200 children and their families in our community, specifically focusing on the target neighborhoods of West Tampa, East Tampa and Sulphur Springs. The program identifies children who are behind in the skills necessary to learn how to read and provided them with weekly multisensory literacy intervention using the Nemours BrightStart! Literacy Program. In addition, worked with families to get them involved in their child’s education providing them with information and  strategies to  increase literacy skills.  This combined approach of classroom intervention and parent involvement better prepares children for kindergarten and ongoing academic success.

How the intervention works:  Trained specialists conduct pre/post individual screenings using the Early Literacy Skills Assessment (ELSA) with each child in his/her child care center. The ELSA measures the four key principles of early literacy:
Phonological Awareness
Alphabetic Principle
Concepts About Print
To promote success in school and life for pre-school-age children of Hillsborough County.
To develop and enhance emergent literacy teaching skills through on-site direct coaching in early childhood classrooms, and providing early childhood teachers and directors with ongoing professional development opportunities.
On-site Services:
Child Literacy Screening
Classroom Intervention
Teacher Coaching
Family Literacy Support

ELM employs research based, multi-year coaching strategies with preschool teachers to improve their existing abilities, help them develop new skills, and encourage them to build children’s emergent literacy through greater understanding of evidence-based practices.  ELM combines developmentally appropriate coaching practices with the scientifically-based curricula.  Teachers demonstrate developmentally appropriate emergent literacy-based teaching strategies as measured by the Early Language & Literacy Classroom Observation (ELLCO). 
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1602  N 15th STREET    SUITE 248
TAMPA, FL 33605

Marni Lebowitz Fuente, M.S., Ed.S.
Hillsborough Community College - Grants Officer
Children's Board - Early Literacy Matters (ELM) Program Manager
Early Childhood Department-Adjunct Faculty 
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