Hillsborough County Children's Board



June 2021
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Executive Director, Kelley Parris 

Dear Partners and Advocates,  
The Board and staff are pleased to announce the build-out of the Children's Board Family Resource Center in Plant City is nearing completion. The 7,900 square foot building is located at 301 North Palmer Street. This is one of seven centers that are located throughout Hillsborough County to provide prevention services and community supports to children and families at no cost.
Not only will the Family Resource Center in Plant City offer universal services like developmental playgroups, health and safety education classes, but it will also have a "Pop up Play" exhibit operated by Glazer Children's Museum. The traveling exhibit will provide children and families that may not be able to access the Children's Museum in downtown Tampa, a unique opportunity to have fun and learn through play. It will allow parents/caregivers and children to build strong bonds and creatively explore alternative ways for children to learn. There will be three exhibits the first year offering the children of Plant City and the surrounding area a variety of opportunities to participate in imaginative play.
The Children's Board Family Resource Centers were created to support families, foster community connections and promote a healthy lifestyle. If you have not visited one of our seven Family Resource Centers, please get connected today. Each of the centers has a calendar full of events including a BayCare Kids Family Circus in June and July that will include free swim vouchers for families that qualify. To identify the location nearest you and view the calendar please click here.
Please join us for the Grand Opening, July 16th at 9:30 a.m. at the Children's Board Family Resource Center in Plant City.

My best, 
The Children's Board invests in partnerships and quality programs to support the success of all children and families in Hillsborough County.
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2020 Luminary Award Winner! 

On May 27, 2021 Doretha Edgecomb, former Board Chair with the Children's Board and past School Board Chair with Hillsborough County Public Schools, was honored by The Junior League of Tampa as a 2020 Luminary. This award is given to inspirational and passionate leaders that have a lasting impact in the community in their particular fields.  
Ms. Edgecomb's impact on children and families in Hillsborough County continues to be felt throughout Tampa Bay!  

To view the video tribute to Ms. Edgecomb along with the other winners please 

Doretha Wynn Edgcomb
                                        2020 ANNUAL REPORT! 
The Children's Board is proud to announce the release of our Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report. We would like to thank our Board of Directors for their vision and support, the Children's Board staff for their dedication to our mission, and, our funded providers for their hard work and unwavering commitment to our local children and families. We couldn't be more proud of our collective impact. To see the full report, click here 
                 Water Safety Month Proclamation!                

Thank you to Commissioner Myers for recognizing May as Water Safety Month on behalf of the Board of County Commissioners. Drowning is the leading of cause death for children ages one to four and it is imperative that we are vigilant when children are in and around water. In 2020 there were seven child deaths due to drowning in Hillsborough County.  In the last seven years there have been 79 deaths due to drowning in the Tampa Bay area.  

Tips for parents to keep children safe while near water:
  • Install barriers like door alarms, yard and pool fences to keep children from accessing water.
  • Designate a water watcher, when children are near water.
  • Learn CPR, it saves lives!

Visit Preventneedlessdeaths.com to learn more!

Board Members: Edwin Narain and Commissioner Gwen Myers 
                                                     WELCOME NEW                             BOARD CHAIR ANDREW MAYTS!
On May 27, 2021 during the Regular Board Meeting of the Children's Board of Hillsborough County, Andrew J. Mayts, Jr. was sworn in as the incoming Board Chair of the Children's Board of Hillsborough County. Mr. Mayts replaces Edwin Narain as the Board Chair.  
"Andy's deep ties to the community and his commitment to children and families make him uniquely qualified to continue the great work of the Board," said Executive Director Kelley Paris. "The Children's Board Summer Passport program which provides high quality summer experiences for children is a direct result of Andy Mayts desire for all children to have the opportunity to engage in the rich array of programs Tampa has to offer."
Andy is a widely recognized civil litigation lawyer, community advocate, and corporate leader who applies practical experience and seasoned judgment to achieve results.
Andy has received an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell and has been named a Best Lawyer. He is a fellow in the Construction Lawyers Society of America and has been reappointed by the Governor to serve a second term on the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission.

Board Chair Andrew J. Mayts Jr.