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  • FREE TRAINING WITH CEUS FOR DIRECTORS

    Free online training especially for Directors and Administrators is available!

    Administrative Leadership is a 3 hour online course offered through Quorum e-learning.

    The purpose of the Administrative Leadership course is to familiarize early childhood professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective administrative leader. Administrative leadership is divided into two categories – operational leadership and strategic leadership. Operational leadership includes the tasks included with hiring and developing staff, and creating and managing budgets. Strategic leadership involves leading the program with the future in mind and ensuring that all staff are working toward a common vision. This course will explore both operational and strategic leadership.

    This is a 3-hour course worth 0.3 CEUs. Participants may log in and out of the course and complete it in several sessions. The course must be completed by July 31, 2018.

    Signing up for this course includes FREE access to all online training offered by Quorum. Once you’ve completed the Administrative Leadership training take as many other courses as you wish! Access ends August 17.

    Visit the ELCFV training page to register. HURRY, registration closes Friday, July 13.

  • FREE TRAINING WITH CEUs FOR TEACHERS OF SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN

    Free online training especially for teachers of school age children is available!

    School Age Care: Learning by Design is a 5 hour online course offered through Quorum e-learning.

    This course provides information about the unique needs of school-age children and the type of environment that engages the whole child. Participants will examine how to encourage exploration, uncover interests, and support peer relationships. Strategies that extend learning from the school day as well as encourage children to unwind, relax, be themselves, and socialize will be explored.

    This is a 5-hour course worth 0.5 CEUs. Participants may log in and out of the course and complete it in several sessions. The course must be completed by July 31, 2018.

    Signing up for this course includes FREE access to all online training offered by Quorum. Once you’ve completed the School Age care training take as many other courses as you wish! Access ends August 17.

    Visit the ELCFV training page to register. HURRY, registration closes Friday, July 13.

  • NEW FISCAL YEAR BRINGS CHANGES!

    Happy NEW fiscal year!

    The Statewide Portal for Providers and Families is here! Providers will use this portal for contracting, submitting documents, receiving messages and more.

    With this new system and new fiscal year come some requirements regarding the ASQ screening process:

    • A new parent permission form is required for the new fiscal year for any child being screened. ELCFV will ask for a permission slip signed and dated after July 1st 2018 for any ASQ3 or ASQSE submitted. To obtain a parent permission form click here.

    • Upload the permission slip to STATEWIDE portal Document Library, ASQ Permission Slip folder. You will need to rename the file using the child’s last and first name. For example, a permission slip for Nellie Johnson should be named Johnson,Nellie. Please click here for a visual on how to rename your file.

    • When you complete an ASQ3 or ASQSE for a child, click the link at the bottom of your screen to print out and give to the child’s classroom teacher and parents the individualized intervention activities so that they can work as a team to support the child’s development. Please click here for a visual on where the activities are located.

    ELCFV thanks all providers participating in School Readiness for the 2018 - 2019 fiscal year! We are excited to be on this journey with you once again!

  • NEW RESOURCES ON STANDARDS WEBSITE

    The Office of Early Learning is pleased to share new resources on the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards website. Please visit our Quality Initiatives page to access their website.

    The Families tab is now live and includes family friendly information, tips and simple activities that can help parents support their child’s development.

    The Standards tab now includes links in the lower left corner of many components. Those links will take you to video clips that will; help you recognize developmental stages and activity suggestions to help you support children’s progress.

    Check out this exciting NEW resource and pass it along to your staff and families!

  • TELL OEL WHAT YOU THINK OF THE VPK CONTRACT

    Do you have ideas about how to make the VPK Contract better? NOW is the time to share those ideas and a rule workshop is the way to do it! Florida’s Office of Early Learning has scheduled two workshops regarding the Standard Statewide Provider Contract for the VPK Program:

    • IN PERSON on July 18, 2018, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. or until business is concluded, whichever is earlier. The location will be the Hilton Tampa Downtown, 211 N Tampa St., Tampa, Florida 33602, Room: Palma Ceia I.

    • VIA WEBINAR on July 24, 2018, from 3 to 4 p.m. or until business is concluded, whichever is earlier. The workshop will take place via webinar. Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    The rule is not yet available, it will be posted on the OEL website prior to the workshop.

    Written comments on the proposed rule may be submitted to OEL.Rules@oel.myflorida.com. All emails should have “6M-8.301 Comment” in the subject line.

  • NO COST SCHOOL SHOTS AVAILABLE

    Parents and guardians of a child entering kindergarten or 7th grade must provide proof of immunization to enroll their child in Volusia County schools. New students enrolling in Volusia County also must be current on immunizations.

    To ensure children are ready to start the school year August 13, the Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) is offering low or no-cost immunizations throughout the summer. Appointments are not required for immunizations. Parents are encouraged to get their child’s immunizations early to avoid longer lines later in the summer.

    Immunizations are available from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at three DOH-Volusia locations:

    • Daytona Beach, 1845 Holsonback Drive

    • New Smyrna Beach: 717 W. Canal St.

    • Orange City: 775 Harley Strickland Blvd.

    Parents are encouraged to bring shot records with them when requesting immunizations.

    Classes resume in Volusia County Schools on Monday, August 13.

    For more information on immunizations, please visit volusiahealth.com/shots or call (386) 274-0509 and select option 1.

  • NEW DATABASE!

    As many of you are aware, ELCFV will be getting a new, statewide portal database in July. Families now will log on onto approve enrollments. We wanted to let you know that if you are expecting to see a child on your roster and do not, please check with the parent/guardian to see if they finalized the approval process. Once they finalize the enrollment you will be able to see the child right away, no delay!

    Beth is available to answer any questions you may have regarding child enrollment: bfreshour@elcfv.org

  • NEW RESOURCE FOR INFANT AND TODDLER TEACHERS

    Did you know that Florida’s Office of Early Learning has created a web page with resources to support Infant and Toddler teachers? Get information about resources to share with families, building infant and toddler’s communication skills and better understanding their development! Click here to access.

  • 2016-2017 VPK READINESS RATES UPDATE

    Programs that participated in the VPK program during the 2017 – 2018 program year have received a readiness rate. The readiness rate reflects the percentage of screened children a VPK provider has adequately prepared for kindergarten. The readiness rate is based on the Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS). This year, Florida administered a new kindergarten readiness screener, and we expect performance to improve in future years. This year’s rates serve three purposes:

    1. They set a starting point from which we can set higher expectations;

    2. They enable the Office of Early Learning to pinpoint programs that need additional support;

    3. They provide parents with information to help them make critical education decisions for their children.

    The VPK Program Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rate Website is where each provider’s readiness rate is published. Statewide search functionality is available at https://vpk.fldoe.org/. Please note, no provider was assigned, and no readiness rate published, for the 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 VPK program years.

    It is important for VPK providers to visit the Readiness Rate Website to check their Readiness Rate. If the rate less than 60, NOW is the time to make improvements to the program and/or participate in staff development that will better prepare children for kindergarten and help keep the program from being placed on probation. Consider participating in VPK-specific trainings listed beginning on page 11 of this document.

    For more information about VPK Readiness Rates see the FAQ document from OEL found here.

    Questions may be sent to vpkquestions@oel.myflorida.com or 1-866-447-1159.

    Thank you for your time and attention.

  • FREE BOWLING IN PALM COAST

    Parents are always looking for fun and healthy activities to do with their children. They can register their child to get 2 free games of bowling at Palm Coast Lanes every day until August 31st. Here is the website to register.

  • ARE YOU A FACEBOOK USER?

    Please check out our Facebook group where you can grab ideas, resources, and connect with other early childhood professionals. Click here or next time you are logged in Facebook, search "Early Ed Teacher Connections" and select "Join Group."

    Help us reach our goal of 20 new members!

  • WANT TO HAVE LESS CHALLENGING BEHAVIOR IN YOUR PROGRAM?

    There’s often a link between challenging behavior and intense emotions. This 30 minute podcast tells how “saying what you see” can help you connect to the child and solve problems before they result in challenging behavior. There’s also a printed transcript for those who prefer reading to listening.

    Thanks for checking out this strategy and sharing it with your staff!

    You can find more inclusion resources on our website at https://www.elcfv.org/providers/inclusion/