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    Give the gift of new knowledge to your staff this holiday season! Share the links to these top 10 recorded webinars form Early Childhood Investigations:

    ♦ Yoga for the Youngest! Mindfulness and Movement for Shifting Culture and Practice

    ♦ Attachment in the Classroom: How Trusting Early Experiences Shape Brain Development

    ♦ Respectful Discipline for Toddlers & Twos: The Administrator’s Role in Setting Expectations

    ♦ Create a Culture of Acceptance and Kindness in a Challenging World: It all Starts in Your Early Childhood Program

    ♦ How Natural Outdoor Classrooms Can Help Address Behavioral Challenges and Support Children’s Well-Being

    ♦ Using Story-time to Grow Executive Function and Self-Regulation in ECE: Setting the Stage for Success

    ♦ Trauma-Informed Early Education Classroom Design: Designing Child and Family-Friendly Spaces for Recovery from Trauma

    ♦ Challenging Behavior: Directors and Teachers Working with Families and Other Experts

    ♦ Empowering DAP Strategies for Literacy in Early Childhood Programs

    ♦ Transforming Challenging Behavior Through Leadership of Your Program: Mindset, Play, and Theater Techniques

    To view all the recordings, slides, and handouts click here. Happy Learning!

    More than one million children in Florida are at risk of going hungry during the summer while school is out. The Summer BreakSpot is a federally-funded program that allows communities to serve healthy meals to children and teens in low-income areas during the summer. We are looking for schools, community centers, hospitals, churches, migrant camps, parks, clinics, apartment complexes and other non-profits to join the Summer BreakSpot now to serve in Summer 2018.

    There are two ways your organization can be involved:

    • Become a Meal Site

    • Become a Sponsor

    To learn more about this opportunity please click here.


    Early childhood professionals talk with parents about all kinds of things. Most often, these interactions revolve around enhancing their child's participation in the early childhood program. To foster true partnerships, a conscious effort to promote open communication is key. When parents have a child with a disability, effective communication is especially critical. Whether it is a note, a parent conference, or an informal conversation at the end of the day, every interaction should be:






    When you follow these guidelines in your interactions with parents, you strengthen the bonds of partnership: respect, appreciation, and trust. Strong parent partnerships are the cornerstone of quality care and education for all of the children in your program.

    To learn more about the tips please click here.


    You may have read about Hope Place in the Sunday edition of the News Journal. It is a program run by Halifax Urban Ministries (HUM) that offers a fresh start for families with children that have been displaced from their homes.

    HUM has set aside a building at Hope Place to house a high quality child care facility, with total square footage of 4,989 and 5 restrooms. This space has a covered, paved play area and a small fenced in grassy area. In addition to the space, HUM has child size furniture and quite a few supplies. Exhibit A is a rendering of the building and Exhibit B is a list of furniture and supplies for use by the awarded respondent.

    The Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia Counties, Inc. (ELCFV) is charged with facilitating HUM in finding the right partner to operate the child care facility and invites qualified child care providers to submit proposals for contracting and providing child care services at Hope Place, 1340 Wright Street, Daytona Beach, Florida 32117 on behalf of Halifax Urban Ministries (HUM) and as described in the Request for Proposal.

    The exhibits and RFP can be found at HERE

    In order to be considered, written proposals using the format described must be received by 4:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on December 22, 2017 at the Coalition’s main office located at 135 Executive Circle, Suite 100, Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

    Thank you for your interest in this opportunity!


    There's still time to help ELCFV put a spotlight on young children in Flagler and Volusia counties by making a decorative hand art display to be hung in the Flagler and Volusia County Government buildings in December and then sent to our State Capitol in Tallahassee for the Annual Children's Week in January.

    Hands may be dropped off at ANY ELCFV office during normal office hours through Thursday, December 21.

    Please be sure your display is no more than 10 feet long and includes a string or ribbon that can be used for hanging. Please don't use small beads or glitter as they can create safety hazards. Any decoration that may come loose should be secured with clear packaging tape.

    Questions? Contact Valerie at or call 386-323-2400 X114

    Thanks for helping to keep kids on the minds of our government officials!


    Beginning December 4th, ELCFV will be hosting The Giving Shop where children can “shop” for their parents and family members free of charge. Parents will receive a one page guide with tips for using the gift giving experience to develop math, reading and social skills. You can view the one page guide here.

    As you plan activities during the month of December, consider using the concept of giving as a way to incorporate math, reading and social skills into the holidays. Here are a few ideas:

    • Read a book about giving. A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams is a great one

    • Discuss with children how it feels to give and how it feels to get a present. They may simply show you these feelings on their faces or be able to describe them with words. Talk about these feelings, have children show those feelings on their faces in front of a mirror and draw faces showing them as well

    • Have the children create holiday cards, write down the messages they want to include, then deliver to a nearby assisted living facility or others in your community

    • Wrap gift boxes of different sizes and have children compare, sort and put in order by size, shape or other attributes

    Have fun!


    In preparation for the deployment of the new database system in which School Readiness Services will be managed, as of January 2018, ELCFV will no longer send paper notices to families regarding renewals, reviews and child care extensions.

    The new portal will allow Families to complete their full eligibility appointment online. The database system will send them automated e-mail messages such as application statuses and actions required on their part.

    In order for this transition to be successful it is extremely important for ELCFV to have accurate email addresses for families that receive school readiness or VPK services. We are currently going through the process of confirming that each customer has an e-mail on file and that it is the e-mail they want ELCFV to use.

    Please help us with this process by displaying this notice in places at your site where families will see it or sharing directly with your SR families and encourage them to reach out to ELCFV so that we can be sure to have accurate email contacts for all.

    Thanks for all you do!


    All ELCFV offices will be closed beginning Christmas Day, December 25 and through New Year’s Day, January 1 2018. Normal operating hours will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.


    School Readiness Providers only need to complete an ASQ when requested by ELCFV OR when they have a concern about a child’s development.

    When providers want to submit an ASQ due to concerns about any child, the Quality Initiatives Department should be notified using the Inclusion Support Request Form here

    Please type “ASQ Request” in reason for assistance.

    Be sure to have the parent complete a Parent/Guardian Consent Form found here (link to form) unless there is already one on file for the current fiscal year. This form should be uploaded to the portal.

    Thanks for all you do to promote early intervention!


    The National Center for Families Learning understands that families today can learn together anytime, anywhere. Learning is no longer confined within classroom walls. In fact, in order to adequately prepare families for the 21st century workforce, learning must occur everywhere.

    NCFL values the unrecognized potential of disenfranchised and vulnerable families, particularly those who may be nonnative speakers of English, and strives to empower these families through education, community service, and mentoring.

    NCFL provides families with tools to assist in literacy and learning efforts.

    If you are interested in learning more click here to go directly to their site.


    Parents are experts when it comes to their kids. It's important for them to know they play a vital role in the developmental screening process, from voicing concerns about potential delays to supporting learning at home.

    Click here to visit our screening page to learn about what three things parents should know about screening before it starts—and get supporting tips, and resources to help you better communicate these important points.


    Please see the flyer HERE for information about:

    • Service Learning for Young Children

    • Math for Early Learners

    • Literacy Week

    • VPK Learning Circles

    • Professional Development Opportunities for VPK teachers

    Thanks for being a VPK provider!


    Sign up for Just Read, Florida and have a chance to win a visit from Marine Discovery Center!

    Visit includes:

    • Visitor from Marine Discovery Center to read "Big Al" to your children

    • A visit from some of Marine Discovery Center live animals and skeletal specimen

    • A craft provided by Marine Discovery Center

    Sign up for Just Read, Florida here by 12/15/17. After you sign up you will receive more information about how to enter to win the visit from Marine Discovery Center.

    Winner will be announced on 12/20/17 at 1:00pm on a live feed on our Facebook group page: Early Ed Teacher Connections. Make sure you are tuned in!

    If you have any questions please email me at


    Starting November 1st, 2017 please UPLOAD any ASQ documents in the OEL STATEWIDE PORTAL only:

    • ASQ3 requests will continue to be send through the ELCFV’s message center.

    • Permission slips must be uploaded in the “Documents Library,” “Permission slips” folder of the OEL STATEWIDE PORTAL.

    Starting November 1st, 2017 ELCFV staff will be uploading the ASQ3 results and non-compliance letters in the OEL STATEWIDE PORTAL only:

    • ASQ3 related messages will continue to be send through the ELCFV’s message center.

    • ASQ3 results will be uploaded in the “Documents Library,” “ASQ results” folder of the OEL STATEWIDE PORTAL.

    • ASQ3 non-compliance letters will be uploaded in the “Documents Library,” ASQ Non-Compliance “folder of the OEL STATEWIDE PORTAL.


    A new and improved Parent/Guardian Consent Form for child Screening, referral and assessment is now available at

    Families will now be able to conveniently complete just one permission slip for multiple children! Remember, the consent form MUST be signed:

    • by the parent/guardian identified on the SR certificate before any child observation, screening, referral or assessment is done

    • within the current Fiscal Year July 1st 2017 through June 30th 2018

    If you have any questions, please contact Nathalie Dunning at or 386-323-2400 ext.188. You may also contact ELCFV Quality Initiatives staff, for contact information see our staff directory

    Thank you for attending the 2017 DTJ conference.

    Please visit our Discovering the Joy page for last year photos!

    SAVE THE DATE by printing out this flyer!

    If you are a vendor/ exhibitor, we have registration starting today! Grab your spot before it’s too late. Please register by clicking the vendor/exhibitor button at the bottom of the Discovering the Joy page.

    More information will continue to be uploaded on our website, so make sure you visit it frequently.