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  • SCHOOL READINESS/VPK WEBINAR PROCESSES ON SIGN IN/OUT SHEETS AND ATTENDANCE

    The objective of this webinar is to discuss processes on how to accurately record parental sign in/out sheets and how to document monthly attendance sheets for billing.

    If you are interested please view our training calendar here and register.

    Scroll down until you see SCHOOL READINESS/VPK WEBINAR PROCESSES ON SIGN IN/OUT SHEETS AND ATTENDANCE or select the date the webinar falls under and it will take you straight to it.

  • OWNER DIRECTOR FORUM THURSDAY OCTOBER 26, 2017

    Join us for the Owner Director Forum! You'll obtain general information and be able to ask questions to ELCFV staff. You will also be able to network with other owners and directors. You'll also be eligible to win one of three themed literacy boxes that include books and activities for use in the classroom.

    To register please visit our training page.

    Scroll down until you see Owner Director Forum Thursday October 26,2017 or select the date Director Forum falls under and it will take you straight to it.

    See you there!

  • OVERVIEW OF THE FLORIDA CORE COMPETENCIES FOR EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION PRACTITIONERS

    The Office of Early Learning is proud to announce the release of the online Overview of the Florida Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Practitioners course. This course provides an overview of the Florida Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Practitioners. The core competencies create a framework and common language for professional development and serve as a standard for decisions and practices carried out by early learning professionals. The core competencies include expectations across a continuum of training, education, and experience, ranging from the entry-level practitioner to practitioners with degrees, certifications and extensive experience.

    The course is a five-hour course with an embedded assessment. CEUs are available once the embedded assessment is successfully completed. This information will be documented on the Department of Children and Families Child Care Training System – Florida Early Care and Education Professional Development Registry training transcript. The cost is $10 and participants register through the Florida Early Care and Education Professional Development Registry.

  • BLS HEALTHCARE PROVIDER: CPR/ FIRST AID TRAINING

    There are several classes that are available if you need to recertify or obtain your CPR and First Aid.

    These classes combines CPR and First Aid Training in to one convenient session. Heartsaver CPR with First Aid teaches the skills necessary to recognize and provide immediate care for breathing problems, cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until medical personnel arrive. Participants will be certified by the American Heart Association for: Standard First Aid and CPR for adults, children and infants.

    They will come to your location if needed and corporate/group rates are available. Ongoing classes added throughout Volusia County daily and not always posted to the calendar right away. If you are interested please click HERE to go to our training calendar for more information.

  • FLAEYC CONFERENCE RESCHEDULED

    The 2017 FLAEYC Conference has been rescheduled and will now be held December 7-10, 2017, still at the wonderful Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. The majority of the Presenters and Exhibitors originally scheduled to participate will be there on this date.

    If you haven’t yet registered- Now Is the Time. The CVENT Registration site is now live, along with the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel Reservation site and the price is still $139. How can you lose? You might even be able to sneak in some holiday shopping time at the Orlando shopping malls!

    For more details, visit the FLAEYC website.

    Hope to see you there!

  • IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    Social-emotional development is a child’s ability to experience, express, and manage emotions, develop positive relationships with caregivers and others, and explore their environment with curiosity and confidence.

    Read this article about why social-emotional development is important and how to promote it in the classroom.

    For more resources on implementing social-emotional activities please visit our pinterest page.

  • HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES SUMMIT OCTOBER 27TH

    Come join the ultimate networking and educational event of the year at the beautiful Ocean Center on Friday, October 27. Connect with over 80 Health and Human Service providers, participate in transformational trainings and take advantage of free health screenings. Exhibitor Hall is Free to attend.

    If you have any questions please feel free to contact One Voice for Volusia at summit@ovfv.org or visit their website here.

    If you would like to print out their flyer to give to your families click here to download.

  • EMERGENCY BRIDGE LOAN PROGRAM FOR SMALL BUSINESSES DAMAGED BY HURRICANE IRMA

    Today, Governor Rick Scott activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced physical or economic damage during the storm. The application period is from today through Oct. 31, 2017.

    Governor Scott said, “Hurricane Irma was a massive storm affecting our entire state, including many of our small businesses. Small businesses are the backbone of Florida’s economy, and families are depending on these businesses recovering as quickly as possible. The small business bridge loan program will help small business owners and communities get back up and running and I encourage all affected business owners to apply today.”

    DEO administers the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program in partnership with the Florida SBDC Network to provide cash flow to businesses damaged by a disaster. The short-term, interest-free loans help bridge the gap between the time damage is incurred and when a business secures other financial resources, including payment of insurance claims or longer-term Small Business Administration loans. Up to $10 million has been allocated for the program.

    Small business owners with two to 100 employees located in any of Florida’s 67 counties affected by Hurricane Irma can apply for short-term loans up to $25,000. These interest-free loans are granted in terms of 90 or 180 days. To be eligible, a business must have been established prior to Sept. 4, 2017, and demonstrate economic injury or physical damage as a result of Hurricane Irma.

    To access the business survey, please click HERE and select “Hurricane Irma” from the drop-down menu. Response to the damage assessment is not an application for assistance, so businesses that fill out the survey and are interested in the bridge loan program must fill out a bridge loan application as well.

    To complete an application by the Oct. 31, 2017, deadline, or for more information on the program, visit www.floridadisasterloan.org. For questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at 850-898-3489 or email Disaster@FloridaSBDC.org. The phone line will be answered during regular business hours; all voice mails and emails will be responded to within 24 hours.

  • FREE AUTISM EDUCATION FOR YOUR STAFF AND FAMILIES

    Easter Seals is now able to provide FREE Autism Community Training (ACT) at your program! ACT can help you, your staff and families learn to identify early indicators, “Redflags”, of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and build strategies to support children’s growth and development and successful inclusion in the classroom. Strategies learned in this training will benefit all children in the program whether or not they have an autism diagnosis. You’ll also learn how to begin to have comfortable conversations about next steps towards early interventions that will help children get any support they may need.

    Due to a generous grant from the United Way of Volusia – Flagler to support autism education for families and staff, screenings, diagnostic and intervention assistance for families, Easter Seals staff can come to your program to share this training AND complete on the spot screenings for families who request them. Information on additional community screening events will be provided if families are not able to attend on a specified date.

    Please contact Dorothy Lefford via email at DLefford@esnecfl.org or view theflyer for more information to schedule training for your program.

    Thanks for all you do to support early intervention and inclusion!

  • BARGAINS ON BOOKS!

    The First Book Marketplace is an online resource available exclusively to child care programs registered with First Book and serving children in need.

    The First Book Marketplace offers thousands of brand new resources at 50-90 percent off retail price for kids from birth to 18, including award winning and culturally inclusive books, school supplies, e-devices, teacher resources, games and other educational products for program leaders and educators serving children in need.

    The First Book Marketplace was created by First Book, a nonprofit organization that has provided more than 150 million new books and educational resources to children in need, increasing access to needed materials for educators and program leaders, and helping to elevate educational opportunities for our most disadvantaged children and youth. You can learn more about First Book and their mission here.

    Wondering if you’re eligible to participate? Click here.

    EXPERIENCE: We used this to purchase extra books for one of our initiatives. We purchased our books on Friday and got our books the following week. The customer service was great and answered all my questions, along with no wait time.

  • LEARN HOW TO DECREASE STRESS IN THE CLASSROOM

    It’s likely that one or more children in your program have experienced frightening or upsetting events. These events are considered trauma and result in elevated levels of stress for children. This stress can negatively impact their cognitive, emotional, behavioral and physical development.

    DCF is offering a NEW 5 hour course, Trauma-Informed Care for Child Care Professionals. This course provides an overview of the impact of trauma on children and families and will help teachers incorporate learning strategies that decrease stress in the classroom.

    To access this course, go to http://myflfamilies.com/service-programs/child-care and select "Training and Credentialing".

    Thanks for your interest in reducing stress in your program!

  • NEW ONLINE VPK TRAINING

    Three online courses for VPK staff went live on July 5TH!  The courses now available completely online are

    -How to Administer the Florida VPK Assessment

    -VPK Assessment Instructional Implications

    -Integrating the Standards: Phonological Awareness

    Visit the DCF website to register

    Register NOW and be ready for a great VPK year!