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  • CENSUS 2020

    The United Stated will conduct a census of our population on April 1, 2020. That’s just weeks away!

    The U.S. census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. It’s important to do this count so that National, State and Local leaders know how many people are here and a little about who they are. This information helps them put enough of the right resources in the right places so that the needs of communities including ours are met.

    Click here to learn more about the U.S.Census and watch this space for more updates about how you can participate and help others to do the same!

  • 2020-2021 PROFILES AVAILABLE TO COMPLETE

    The Provider contracts for the 2020-2021 profiles are now available in the Statewide portal to complete.

    CLICK HERE for step-by-step instructions on how to complete.

    The deadline to complete your 2020-2021 profile is February 29th, 2020.

    If you have any questions please contact Christy West @ cwest@elcfv.org or 386-317-3369

  • NO ELCFV EARLY LEARNING CONFERENCE IN 2020

    ELCFV will not be hosting a full day Early Childhood/Discovering the Joy Conference in 2020.

    We know that many early educators have enjoyed participating in this event year after year and count on it to earn required CEUs. There are many online resources available to help you build your early childhood knowledge and earn CEUs:

    Early Learning Florida

    Department of Children and Families/Department of Education

    ELCFV training calendar

    We also understand that many of you will miss the opportunity to renew connections, collaborate and network with colleagues. We’re exploring new ways to effectively deliver the professional development opportunities you need while building connections within our early learning community. Watch this space and our training page to be the first to know about upcoming events.

    Thanks for your commitment to being the best early educator you can be!

  • PROVIDER 1099 FORMS

    All providers doing business as a sole proprietorship, partnership, or single member LLC will be mailed a Form 1099 for the year 2019 on or before January 31, 2020. Form 1099 are not provided for providers doing business as a corporation. By law, 2019 Form 1099 must be postmarked by January 31, 2020. If you do not receive your 2019 Form 1099 by February 15, 2020 you may request a replacement on or after February 16, 2020. All requests for replacements must be in writing as outlined below:

    Requests may be made by email or mail to Laura Gimbert:

    a. Email: lgimbert@elcfv.org

    c. Mail: Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia

    Attention: Laura Gimbert

    135 Executive Circle, STE 100

    Daytona Beach, FL 32114

    All requests must include:

    1. Statement that request is for 2019 replacement Form 1099

    2. Your name

    3. The business name

    4. Four digit Vendor ID number assigned by ELCFV

    5. How you would like to receive the replacement form 1099.

    Replacement forms can be:

    a. Faxed

    b. Mailed

    c. Obtained online electronically (for 2019 Form 1099s this option is valid only through September 30, 2020).

    6. Include your email address, fax number, or mailing address depending on how you would like the form delivered. If you choose to receive it electronically you will need to know the Taxpayer Identification Number that you provided to us on your form W-9.

    If any information is missing or incomplete your request may not be filled.

    Only complete requests for replacement 2019 Form 1099s received on or after February 16, 2020 will be honored.

    Please allow up to 10 business days for your request to be completed.

  • IMPORTANT WEBINARS FOR VPK PROVIDERS

    The Office of Early Learning is offering TWO separate webinars for VPK providers. The purpose of these two webinars is to help VPK providers:

    • Read and understand final readiness rate reports

    • Understand the VPK provider improvement process.

    Each webinar will be offered at two different times so that all VPK providers have the opportunity to participate. Be sure to sign up for both webinars at one of the times it is offered.

    If you are unable to participate at the times below or want to review the content after the webinar has ended you can access the Webinar recordings and Power Point slides at the following link: http://www.floridaearlylearning.com/vpk/vpk-providers/assessments-flkrs/assessments-flkrs-resources.

    Thank you for being a VPK Provider!

    VPK Provider Readiness Rate Webinar:

    How to Read Final Reports

    Date: January 23, 2020

    Time: 5:00-6:00PM. (EST)

    REGISTER HERE

    Date: January 24, 2020 (repeat)

    Time: 1:00-2:00PM (EST)

    REGISTER HERE

    VPK Provider Improvement Process Webinar

    Process Webinar

    Date: February 13, 2020

    Time: 1:00-2:00PM (EST)

    REGISTER HERE

    Date: February 13, 2020 (repeat)

    Time: 5:00-6:00PM (EST)

    REGISTER HERE

  • JANUARY IS LANGUAGE & LITERACY MONTH

    Building Language and Literacy skills is one of the most important parts of early childhood development. It involves the skills used to communicate with others and learn by listening, speaking,reading and writing. This development begins from birth-- Although babies aren’t yet able to speak, they listen and reply to what they hear by making sounds and facial expressions.

    Here are a few activities that focus on the Language and Literacy domain of the Florida Early Learning and Developmental standards to go along with the story Chicka Boom Boom by John Archambaut.

    Chicka Boom Sounds

    Letter Hunt

    Have fun building language and literacy skills in your classrooms this month!

  • NEW ONLINE ASL CLASSES

    The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind are now offering upcoming online sessions for American Sign Language!

    All classes are completely online and interactive which will run for 9 weeks total with a mandatory technology check at the beginning of each session.

    In order to participate, you must meet the following requirements:

    Be a Florida Resident

    Parent or guardian of Deaf/Hard of hearing student or educational professional working directly with Deaf/Hard of hearing students CURRENTLY

    Have access to a newer (3-5 years old) computer with webcam and high-speed internet

    If interested contact Jeannine Lawrence at lawrencej@fsdbk12.org

  • INFANT/TODDLER COMMUNITY

    Interested in joining the Infant/Toddler Community?

    Come and join Infant/Toddler Early Educators to share strategies, experiences, and create new ideas to help improve your classroom atmosphere!

    CLICK HERE for a flyer for more details!

    CLICK HERE to sign up and reserve your spot!

    The first 18 participants to sign up will receive a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom board book along with a set of sensory tubes & activity

  • MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR PROGRAMS SERVING SCHOOL AGE CHLDREN

    The first issue of Florida Afterschool Network (FAN) monthly newsletter 2020 is now available and includes news, resources you can use in your program plus funding and professional development opportunities for staff that work with school age children.

    You can see this issue by subscribing to the Florida Afterschool Network (FAN) monthly newsletter. Simply click the button below

    Subscribe to FAN's Monthly Newsletter

     

    Thanks for your commitment to quality care for our school aged children!

  • INFANT AND TODDLER RESOURCE ZERO TO THREE

    The mission of ZERO TO THREE is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. ZERO TO THREE envisions a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential.

    If you share this mission and vision, consider joining ZERO TO THREE. Members enjoy access to resources that support their work with young children. As an example, members get free access to a three part webinar series Getting Started with Mindfulness in the Early Childhood Workplace.

    Membership also fulfills the CDA credential requirement to belong to a professional organization.

    Click here to learn more and join today!

  • ELFL SPRING 2020 REGISTRATION

    It's time to register for Early Learning Florida Spring 2020 Term courses!

    There are many exciting courses to choose from including those listed below. Click on the title to learn more about each one:

    Why Ask Why? STEAM in Preschool Learning environments

    Preschool Trauma-Informed Care

    Guiding Preschool Behavior And Building Classroom Community

    Visit the ELFL website for more information

    CLICK HERE for instructions on how to register

    In order to enroll in an ELFL course you must be working at a program with a current School Readiness and/or VPK contract with ELCFV.

  • RILYA WILSON CONTACT AND PROCESS

    If a child under Rilya Wilson is absent from your program it is very important that you notify the Community Partnership for Children staff person below before the end of the current business day:

    Tyiesha Everett Tyiesha.everett@cbcvf.org

    When reporting a child that is absent from your program whom is under Rilya Wilson Act, please be sure to communicate the following information to Tyiesha via e-mail:

    Child’s name: First initial, last name

    • Date of birth

    • Days absent

    Your SR Enrollment List identifies if a child is in under Rilya Wilson

  • EFS MOD NOTIFICATIONS TO FAMILIES

    You may have experienced families receiving enrollment termination notifications that incorrectly say you, the provider, terminated enrollment. OEL has made an adjustment to the EFS MOD system to stop sending messages to families that say “Provider Dropped Your Enrollment” in error. Thanks for your patience as OEL makes improvements to the EFS MOD system.

  • OFFICE OF EARLY LEARNING PROVIDER OUTREACH NEWSLETTER

    You can stay informed about the School Readiness and Voluntary Pre-kindergarten programs by signing up for the OEL Provider Outreach Newsletter here

    Provider Outreach Newsletter

    The January newsletter will include information about VPK registration, training opportunities, Children’s Week, Literacy Week and MORE! If you haven't already, sign up today and be the first to know what’s happening!

  • IMPORTANT VPK READINESS RATE TIMELINES

    December 16 – January 13, 2020 – VPK Providers must review and verify data and submit any disputes to their coalitions. Coalitions will approve any changes.

    January 27 – 31, 2020 – Disputes close and final readiness rates posted.

    Please closely and regularly monitor your email during this time for important announcements regarding readiness rates!

  • SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR CHILD NUTRITION CONFERENCE IN ATLANTA THIS SPRING

    Fifteen scholarships to the 34th annual Child Nutrition Conference are available from the National CACFP Sponsors Association. Scholarships include registration fee, three nights hotel and up to $300 towards transportation expense. Child Care Centers and Family Home Child Care Providers are eligible! For more information about the conference click here.

    For more about the scholarship click here

    Deadline to apply is Thursday, January 16th, 2020

  • NEW FUNDING DOOR!

    Recently we received additional dollars designed to provide services to low income families at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, but still below 85% of the state median income.

    Why this is cool? Before, families would not be able to come into services if they made more than 150% of the FPL, now they can!

    We are working on spreading the word! If you had a family recently learn they were over income for our services when they applied, please have them reach out to Beth Freshour, Director of Family Services: bfreshour@elcfv.org