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TREASURE COAST -- The Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties announced the appointment of Brandon Tucker as the chairman of its Board of Directors.
The ELC plans and implements school readiness and voluntary pre-kindergarten services to meet the early education and child care needs in the three-county area. Tucker was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve as chair for a four-year term.
"The most critical time to make a positive impact in the lives of children is from birth to age 8. Serving as Chair of the Early Learning Coalition is an honor and an important responsibility," said Mr. Tucker. "I'm honored to be in this leadership role and oversee the decision-making process for an organization that provides such a critical service to young children in our communities."
As the former chairman of the board of directors for the YMCA of the Treasure Coast, Mr. Tucker has past experience leading an organization that develops programs to assist local youth.
"It will be a huge benefit to have a chair that is so deeply connected to our cause," said Jacki Jackson, ELC executive director. "Brandon's energy and enthusiasm will help push our organization forward."
Mr. Tucker is president of The Tucker Group, an agricultural and commercial-focused real estate firm that operates throughout the Treasure Coast, as well as Central and South Florida. Mr. Tucker graduated from the Florida State University with a degree in real estate and finance.
Mr. Tucker also currently serves as a board member on several civic and nonprofit organizations including the Palm City Chamber of Commerce, Redeem the Shadows, Seacoast National Bank Community - Big Lake Region and Okeechobee Christian Academy.
The Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties is responsible for the planning and implementation of school readiness and voluntary pre-kindergarten services in the three-county area. The Coalition is responsible for making decisions to meet the early education and child care needs of the children in our communities.
In addition to providing financial assistance for families, ELC offers support, training and resources to community providers who serve approximately 5,000 children daily through the School Readiness, Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten and Resource and Referral programs.
For more information, visit www.elcirmo.org.