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  • MARKET RATE SURVEY INFORMATIONAL WEBINARS

    The Office of Early Learning will be holding three webinars on the Market Rate Survey. The Market Rate Survey is the process where early learning coalitions survey their local child care providers asking for their private pay rates. This information is taken into consideration by coalitions when determining a reimbursement rate for providers that serve School Readiness children.

    These webinars will explain:

    The requirements for collecting the information

    How the information is collected

    How the information is calculated

    The webinars will be held at the dates and times below. The presentation and content will be the same for all three webinars. Please click the links to register for the webinar that best meets your schedule.

    May 30th 12:00-1:00 to register CLICK HERE

    May 31st 1:30-2:30 to register CLICK HERE

    June 6th 11:00-12:00 to register CLICK HERE

  • PROVIDER APPRECIATION OWNER/DIRECTOR FORUM

    Join ELCFV on May 30th, 2019 for a Provider Appreciation Owner/Director Forum!

    ELCFV will be hosting a Provider/Director Forum in order to celebrate and recognize the hard work that Providers do every day. Come prepared for interactive discussions, games, and prizes!

    When: Thursday, May 30th, 2019

    Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM

    Where: Daytona Beach Police Department

    Address: 129 Valor Blvd Daytona Beach, FL 32114

    CLICK HERE to register today!

    Space is limited!

    ***Please arrive early with ID to sign in when entering the Police Department to ensure you are on time for the meeting***

  • FREE CHILD SCREENING EVENT

    Help Me Grow Florida is hosting a free screening event! Developmental and behavioral screenings will be provided for children ages 2 months to 5 years old.

    Where: Port Orange Regional Library

    Address: 1005 City Center Circle Port Orange, FL 32129

    When: Friday May 31st, 2019

    Time: 3:00PM-5:00PM

    To register for this event call (386) 275-1941 or email Crystal Burns at CBurns@uwvfc.org

    CLICK HERE for a printable flyer to share!

  • VPK READINESS RATE RULE HEARING

    A rule hearing on Rule 6M-8.601 Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rate has been scheduled. Changes to this rule include a new formula for calculating a provider readiness rate that takes into account learning gains made by children.

    A copy of the notice and proposed rule language is available HERE.

    The hearing will be held at the following date and time below or until business is concluded, whichever is earlier:

    June 6, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (EDT) To register, please click HERE.

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    Written comments on the proposed rule may be submitted to oel.rules@oel.myflorida.com. All emails should have “6M-8.601 Comment” in the subject line.

    All comments must be received by Friday, June 7, 2019.

  • HURRICANE SEASON IS HERE

    Get ready for what mother nature may bring this hurricane season by attending the 2019 Hurricane Expo on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 E. New York Avenue, Deland.

    Enjoy FREE admission, food, demonstrations and exhibits as you learn how to prepare for, stay safe during and recover from a storm.

    Thanks for sharing this information and flyer with your staff and families so they can get ready for hurricane season!

    CLICK HERE for flyer

  • CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE

    ELCFV is offering scholarship opportunities for child care providers to attend two local conferences:

    When: July 17-19, 2019

    Where: Hilton Tampa Downtown, 211 North Tampa Street, Tampa, Florida

    This conference is designed to share information on best practices in the field and to build common frameworks of knowledge and understanding to assist in unified planning for young children and their families.

    Please CLICK HERE for more information about the One Goal Conference and HERE for a flyer regarding the scholarship.

    When: September 6-8, 2019

    Where: Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd. Orlando, FL

    This year’s conference will continue to focus on Best Practices in Early Learning for Florida’s Children.

    CLICK HERE for more information about the FLAEYC conference, HERE to see the conference agenda, and HERE for a flyer regarding the scholarship.

    CLICK HERE to complete the form that will let ELCFV know that you are interested!

    Respond by Monday, June 3, 2019 for scholarship to the One Goal Conference

    Respond by Monday, June 24, 2019 for scholarship to the FLAEYC Conference

    Thanks for your interest in these professional development opportunities!

  • TAKE ACTION TO PREVENT HEAT STROKE

    Every 10 days, across the United States, a child dies from being unattended in a hot car. In 2018 51 children died from heatstroke, which resulted from being alone in a hot car. These deaths were preventable. As summer temperatures rise, more kids are at risk.

    As a childcare professional, you can help prevent heatstroke by educating yourself, your staff and parents about the dangers of heatstroke. Post a flyer in your facility and share safety tips with parents. You should also consider creating a program to alert parents if a child doesn’t show up to childcare as expected. These efforts can save a life.

    Click here to learn more!

  • VPK READINESS RATE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM OEL

    The Office of Early Learning (OEL) has released the 2017-18 Final VPK Readiness Rates on the VPK Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rate site. A user does not need to log in to the site to view the rates, however a provider must log in to the site to see associated data concerning the inclusion of VPK children served.

    For the 2017-18 readiness rate, no new providers will be placed on probation. If you are currently on probation and score above a sixty, you will no longer be on probation.

    A readiness rate of less than 60 is considered low performing and providers scoring below 60 should strongly consider rigorous, yet developmentally appropriate improvements to their VPK instructional practices. OEL and early learning coalitions can assist through opportunities for training, technical assistance and guidance.

    OEL and the Florida Department of Education believe strongly in transparency, and further believe that making the rates publicly available is a necessary step towards making improvements to VPK practices across the state. Recognizing where progress is needed is critical to ensuring that we can improve early learning opportunities for our students.

    The calculation of the readiness rates is described in rule 6M-8.601 F.A.C. Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rate, available HERE

    Questions about VPK Readiness Rates should be directed to vpkquestions@oel.myflorida.com

  • FAMILY NEEDS SURVEY RESPONSES NEEDED

    To understand families’ experiences as consumers, the University of Florida Lastinger Center in partnership with Florida’s OEL is collecting data to analyze ECE services, supports, and challenges and barriers families currently face related to childcare. This data will be used to create a statewide strategic plan for ECE program improvement that will increase access and supports for families.

    Data is being collected from families via a survey which should only take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. Participation in this survey is strictly voluntary. There will be no consequences, direct benefits or risks to families and their responses will be completely anonymous.

    Families will receive an email inviting them to complete this survey. Please encourage them to do so!

    Questions about this project should be directed to Dr. Mary Kay Rodgers at mkrodgers@coe.ufl.edu.

    Thanks for your help!

  • ELIGIBILITY ASSIGNMENTS ENDING BEFORE RE-DETERMINATION

    What was formerly known as a review date in the old system is not yet viewable in EFS MOD. As a result, we are putting in future enrollment term dates for children who have eligibility ending prior to the 12 month authorization period automatically generated by the system. These are typically families on a job search or a referral.

    The portal is the communication tool in place regarding parent fees, schedules and end dates. Please check your portal daily to see whose drops off your SR enrollment List. This list has been available since 7-1-18 and contains very important information needed to manage your program.

    You are able to see the amount of time a child is covered by services at the top of the electronic payment certificate:

    If you have any questions please contact Beth, Director of Family Services: bfreshour@elcfv.org

  • REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR MIND IN THE MAKING SERIES

    Mind in the Making (MITM) training is based on research that gives important insight into the science of early learning. It outlines seven essential life skills that can help children and families succeed in school and in life. You're invited to participate in this upcoming training series that will facilitate the learning and implementation of these seven essential life skills.

    This hands on training is presented in eight two hour sessions. The expectation is that participants will attend all eight sessions. The reality is the training is so relevant and dynamic, no one will want to miss a single session!

    The weekly sessions include demonstrations, group sharing, and hands on activities to help facilitate the understanding of the seven essential life skills.

    Choose form the following options:

    Tuesdays beginning June 11, 2-4 PM at the WVEC Head Start office, 803 S. Woodland, Deland

    Wednesdays beginning June 12, 9-11 AM at the ELCFV office, 135 Executive Circle, Daytona Beach

    CLICK HERE to visit the training calendar and register for MITM today!

  • WEBINAR ON JUNE 12TH: SKIP, TURN, & HOP INTO TEACHING ECE MATH AND LANGUAGE ARTS THROUGH MOVEMENT

    All children should have the opportunity to move and be active throughout the day. The rich art form of dance/creative movement is a lively physical activity, that nurtures imagination and has the potential to offer experiences in all early childhood content areas. As a longtime dance educator, Connie Dow, the presenter of this webinar, believes that dance can and should be accessible to young children, so teachers can give them the gift of movement and at the same time integrate learning across subject areas. Connie will demonstrate a wealth of ideas for presenting age-appropriate kinesthetic learning opportunities to young children, with an emphasis on math and language arts concepts.

    During this webinar, participants will:

    Learn about the many benefits of movement in the early childhood setting

    Address math and language arts concepts through the use of developmentally-appropriate creative and playful movement activities

    Use movement concepts to help children gain body and spatial awareness, both for the child’s social-emotional development and as a classroom management tool

    Understand and become more comfortable with integrating movement into your own early childhood environment

    Visit the Training calendar page to reserve your spot in this interactive webinar!

  • SPECIAL NEEDS CLASSROOM TRAINING & CERTIFICATION ON JUNE 22ND

    Special Needs Ability Program (SNAP) is offering a unique opportunity to receive training for anyone who works with children in classroom settings.

    After the training, participants will receive a certificate of completion

    When:Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

    Where:Colonial Room Restaurant (Banquet Room) 105 E. 1st street, Sanford, FL 32771

    Time:9:30AM-4:30PM

    Price to register in advance is $75.00 per person and $125.00 the day of the training. Group discounts are also available for 8 or more participants.

    Registration includes training, buffet style lunch, and a certificate upon completion of the course.

    If you or anyone you know is interested in participating in this upcoming training CLICK HERE.

    **This training course qualifies for In-Service Training hours**

  • SR ENROLLMENT LIST AND PENDING ACCEPTANCE STATUS

    When we enroll a child in your program their name will appear on your SR enrollment list in the portal. If you have a notice that they are in “Pending Acceptance” status these children will not appear on your attendance sheet until the family electronically signs the enrollment.

    We are actively contacting families to get their enrollments signed. We provide them with a step by step process and can assist them in person as needed. As this will affect your payment, please share with your families of the need to electronically sign if you see that a child’s name is in “Pending Acceptance” status.

    If you have any questions please contact Beth Freshour at Bfreshour@elcfv.org or 386-317-3380.

  • ELCFV UPDATED PHONE LIST FOR PROVIDERS

    Need to contact someone in Provider services but not sure who? Here is an updated phone list which includes direct phone lines and email addresses for Quality, Compliance, Inclusion, and also Community Outreach services.

    Want to print your own copy? CLICK HERE

  • FREE AUTISM SCREENINGS NOW OFFERED AT EASTERSEALS!

    Easterseals Northeast Central Florida is offering free autism spectrum disorder (ASD) screenings for children ages 18 months to 17 years at its Daytona Beach location, 1219 Dunn Ave.

    Walk-ins are welcome weekdays from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Parents and guardians should allow 20-30 minutes for the screening once the appointment begins.

    To learn more about Easterseals’ autism services CLICK HERE. ​For questions about the free autism screenings, please call 386-944-7815 or email Davine Vincent at dvincent@esnecfl.org.

  • JOIN SHARED RESOURCES FLORIDA TODAY!

    Shared Resources Florida has everything you may need! Whether it's music to get a little one moving on Music Monday, trying new foods for Tasty Tuesday, or creative projects for Artsy Thursday, you are just one click away from all you need to plan special activities for the children in your center!

    Shared Resources is also filled with plenty of articles, free printable posters/signs for your center, and so much more!

    Interested in joining Shared Resources Florida today? CLICK HERE!

  • FLORIDA EARLY LEARNING DEVELOPMENTAL STANDARDS BOOKS NOW AVAILABLE TO ORDER ONLINE!

    We are excited to announce that the Florida Early Developmental Standards book is now available for Providers to order online!

    The Educators Guide includes a developmental progression of the standards: birth through kindergarten, examples of the standards in action as well as environmental considerations, information on how to use the standards with diverse learners and much more!

    CLICK HERE to place your order today!