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Parents line up for the back-to-school free giveaway

Parents line up for the back-to-school free giveaway

A non-profit organization lent a helping hand to local families preparing for the upcoming school year on Saturday.

Santiago Medina, 4, left, gestures towards mother Paula Gil as she opens his backpack. Host by the Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County in Gainesville on Saturday. (Lawren Simmons/Special to the Sun)

the back-to-school free giveaway

Tina Days, right, grabs diapers for her daughter Shelby Rose, 2, accompanie by her other daughter Jasmine Days. 12, center, during a backpack giveaway hosted by the Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County in Gainesville on Saturday. (Lawren Simmons/Special to the Sun)

Early Learning Coalition is a non-profit organization that was create by the Florida Legislature to help low-income families secure quality childcare throughout Florida. The coalition in Alachua County is one of 30 around the state.

A steady stream of families could coming and leaving the park, grateful for the extra help extended by the coalition.

A brand-new organization sponsored by the Children’s Trust of Alachua County that provides free developmental screenings for new-born babies to children up to eight-years-old. The organization also helps families coordinate care for children with needs.

“We can look at educational, behavioral, or developmental delays, connect (families).  The right services and follow up with them to make sure they’re getting the care that they need. Kelsey Anhalt, program supervisor for Help Me Grow Florida, said.

“My door is an open door, you can call me and ask me anything,” said Lynch. “A lot of people don’t know there is this sort of outlet available and it’s good for them to know.”

Families that may need financial assistance are encouraged to contact Early Coalition of Alachua County at (352) 475-4110 or Alachua Help Me Grow Florida at (352) 278-7000 for help with children with developmental needs.

This article originally appeared on The Gainesville Sun: Local families welcome free school supplies offered by a non-profit.

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