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  • ENTER TO WIN $15,000 IN CLASSROOM FURNISHINGS FROM LAKESHORE

    Please share the following with your classroom teachers!

    Teachers are invited to submit an essay describing your unique teaching style and telling us how a new Lakeshore Flex-Space classroom would impact their students. Lakeshore will award one (1) teacher a grand prize of a $15,000 Lakeshore Flex-Space classroom for your school, including classroom design services, furniture and installation. Three (3) runners-up will receive a $500 Lakeshore E-Gift Card. Essays will be judged based on the following criteria: content and clarity of expression, economic need, and employment of innovative and effective instructional practices.

    Finalists will be selected on October 26, 2018, and the grand prize winner and runners-up will be notified by November 27, 2018.

    Click HERE to enter!

  • FLAGLER TECHNICAL INSTITUTE OFFERS TRAINING

    The next Child Care Center Operations course offered by Flagler Technical Institute (FTI) begins Saturday, October 27, 2018. Students who complete this course will earn a Child Care Center Director Certificate and 4.5 continuing education units.

    Director and CDA Renewal courses also start on Saturday, October 27, 2018. These 45-hour courses are for directors or preschool teachers who need a higher level of training to renew their Director or CDA Credential. Participants will receive 4.5 C.E.U.'s upon successful completion of the course.

    T.E.A.C.H. scholarships are available for the above courses, contact FTI NOW to apply.

    The Early Childhood Apprenticeship program starts in January, 2019. Through an agreement with the Department of Children and Families students who complete this program will be awarded nine (9) college credits toward an associate degree in Early Childhood Education.

    You can reach FTI via their website, click HERE

    or email Shari DeMayo, Early Ed Program Facilitator at demayos@flaglerschools.com

  • TALK WITH ME BABY

    Talk With Me Baby is a campaign designed to bring the concept of Language Nutrition™ to key people in children's lives.

    This introductory presentation provides vital information on the science behind Language Nutrition, encourages the skills needed by early childhood educators and providers to model and effectively communicate Language Nutrition messages and practice to families, and supports parents and caregivers as a child’s first and best teachers.

    To find out more information on the Talk With Me baby campaign click HERE.

    To find out more information on the upcoming classes and to register visit our training calendar

    To download a printable flyer to share with families and friends click HERE

  • TEACHER FORUM!

    Please join us for our first Teacher Forum. We will be offering training every other month specifically for classroom teachers. The training topic this month will be CLASS Assessments.

    The training will be held on September 27, 2018 from 6:30pm-8:00pm at the Daytona Beach Police Department located at 129 Valor Blvd Daytona Beach.

    Click HERE to register. Seating will be limited so register soon!

  • SHARED RESOURCES FLORIDA WEBSITE

    Have you registered for the Shared Resources Florida website?

    Here you'll find forms, handbooks, resources, policies, savings and more! With just a few clicks you can save time, reduce costs and improve the quality of your center.

    Register today by clicking HERE!.

  • JUMPSTART'S ANNUAL READ FOR THE RECORD

    It's time to begin Jumpstart’s annual Read for the Record event which highlights the importance of high quality early learning for all children.

    The book selected for 2018 is Maybe Something Beautiful by Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell. Here’s a brief synopsis of the story:

    "What good can a splash of color do in a community of gray? As Mira and her neighbors discover, more than you might ever imagine! Based on the true story of the Urban Art Trail in San Diego, California, Maybe Something Beautiful reveals how art can inspire transformation—and how even the smallest artists can accomplish something big. Pick up a paintbrush and join the celebration!

    If you would like to participate in this event click HERE to register.
  • HOW TO CONFIRM IF A CHILD IS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN SERVICES

    Before rendering services to a child please confirm you can view them in your School Readiness Enrollment List.

    If they are not listed and you have not received an e-mail from ELC verifying their eligibility, the caregiver may need to log into their account and click the blue sign button for their name to appear on your list.

    If you have specific questions about a child’s eligibility, please don’t hesitate to ask us. You can reach us at childcare@elcfv.org.

  • NATIONAL PARKS FREE ENTRANCE DAY ON SEPTEMBER 22nd AND NOVEMBER 11th

    National parks are America’s best idea, and there are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all the time. The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

    Come experience the national parks! On the dates below, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone:

    September 22: National Public Lands Day

    November 11: Veterans Day

    This is a great information to share with your families at your program!

    Please visit their website for more information about the free admission offer and click here for a list of National Parks near you.

  • OEL MESSAGE ABOUT THE PROVIDER PORTAL AND ATTENDANCE

    OEL sent the email below to all providers:

    Good afternoon School Readiness and Voluntary Prekindergarten Program providers,

    I apologize for the ongoing issues with the statewide provider portal. Most of these issues stem from the Office of Early Learning and not your local Early Learning Coalition or RCMA. Most of the issues arose from a faulty migration of data from the old system. We are working hard to resolve the issues and have devoted additional resources to the effort to ensure it will be fixed in the next few weeks.

    Early Learning Coalitions and RCMA have worked hard to ensure that you are receiving an estimated payment for the School Readiness children that you serve and will do so again for the month of August. We know this is not ideal, but sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding. Unless your Early Learning Coalition directs you otherwise, for your VPK program, you will reimbursed based on VPK children served. We will roll out the attendance and reimbursement functions in the next few weeks, you will be notified to input attendance if you haven’t already, and then the payments in the 2018-19 fiscal year will be reconciled.

    New technologies can create significant efficiencies (like the bulk upload process), but those efficiencies are usually accompanied by significant challenges during the development and deployment phase. As with any large data system, some glitches are difficult to identify and resolve until the system is turned on. However, we are confident that once the glitches are resolved the new system will serve families and providers faster and better. The new system will help us meet our goal of reducing the statewide waiting list for services, keeping administrative costs low, and serving more children in high quality programs.

    Again, I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience but assure you that we are working around the clock to resolve the challenges. Thank you for all your hard work in serving Florida’s children.

    RJM

    Rodney J. MacKinnon

    Executive Director

    Office of Early Learning

    State of Florida

  • WEBINAR ON SEPTEMBER 26TH: WONDER-FILLED EARLY CHILDHOOD ENVIRONMENTS: ENGAGING ALL CHILDREN IN LEARNING

    In this webinar presenters will discuss both the basics of high quality early childhood environments, what is essential in any setting for a given age group, and the "hula hoops" or­ the things that make the setting just right for the children, and teachers, who live and learn in it. The following topics will be addressed and illustrated through real-life examples and images:

    What excellent, safe, and healthy indoor and outdoor environments have in common.

    How environments can to support children and teachers, and engage families.

    What makes a setting ideal for different age groups from infants through preschoolers.

    How to individualize a setting to make it ideal for each child.

    Balancing familiar experiences and materials with new challenges.

    Including relevant cultures and home languages.

    Helping children learn positive behaviors through the environment.

    Ongoing assessment to ensure the environment still engages children and supports learning.

    Participants will learn to:

    Create and maintain developmentally appropriate early childhood settings for specific age groups.

    Assess and change the setting when needed so it addresses children’s current skills and interests.

    Consider examples of effective environments and adapt them for their own settings.

    To register please visit our training calendar