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    What is a Parent & Community Cafe?

    FUN—FREE—Supportive—Educational get-togethers where parents can talk openly with one another about the struggles of parenting and ways to strengthen their families Parent Cafés provide an opportunity for parents and caregivers to interact with other parents and caregivers about things that are important to building and maintaining strong, healthy families. The Cafés are “hosted” by parents from the community who have been trained on how to help facilitate the conversation and discussion. The goals of these Cafes are to help parents help each other.

    Who can attend Parent Cafe’s?

    Anyone in a parenting role! Moms, dads, relative caregivers, foster parents, expecting parents, and community organizations that provide resources to parents are welcome! It doesn’t matter if your kids are toddlers or teenagers, whether you’re a new or a seasoned parent – Cafés are for ALL parents.

    Participant incentive raffle for one $25 gift card, a light meal, and free childcare is provided!

    CLICK HERE for a printable flyer to share with families for the Daytona Beach location.


    Easterseals-Daytona Beach location will be hosting free Autism screenings for children beginning on Monday July 22nd, 2019. The screenings will be given at 10:00AM-12:00PM and will take about 20-30 minutes for the whole process.

    The child does NOT need to be present at the screening. Information and resources will also be available to families!

    For more information, please call Dorothy Lefford, OTR/L @ 386.944.7856 or email

    Screening dates will occur on the following dates:

    Monday July 22nd-10AM-12PM

    Monday August 19th-10AM-12PM

    Monday September 16th-10AM-12PM

    Monday October 21st-10AM-12PM

    Monday November 18th-10AM-12PM


    Easterseals and the Early Learning Coalition are teaming up this summer to remind adults why the kids they love need to Play on Purpose (POP).

    The "play deficit" our children face today is real, consequential and unhealthy, but thankfully, it's also reversible. We need our grown-ups to learn how to Play on Purpose so they can teach our kids!

    At the POP event adults will:

    Experience an interactive presentation highlighting the research behind purposeful play for children

    Engage in play challenges and social time with other participants

    Enjoy tasty hors d'oeuvres and refreshments

    Use your Dave & Busters play card to practice your newfound knowledge with other grown-ups

    Together, we’ll erase the “play deficit” for the children of our community and launch the #MovementToMove!

    For more information on POP and to register for the events, CLICK HERE!


    The Quality and Compliance Team has been out in the field completing CLASS assessment for currently contracted School Readiness Providers. As of June 17, 2019, every contracted program has been assessed.

    OEL recently published a Frequently Asked Questions document to help providers understand the assessment process and what it means for their program.

    Click HERE to access the document.

    Questions about program assessment should be directed to Jenny Adams,


    Join ELCFV at Chipotle Mexican Grill in Daytona Beach for a fundraiser to support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library!

    33% of each sale from the restaurant will go towards continuing the DPIL program for our youth.

    Where: Chipotle Mexican Grill

    Address: 2400 W International Speedway Blvd Ste 730, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

    Date: Monday July 22nd, 2019

    Time: 4-8PM

    The restaurant features plenty of delicious food items to choose from including:

    Burritos & Burrito bowls



    and more!

    Interested in learning more about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library? CLICK HERE


    IDignity is an event that provides assistance in obtaining:

    Florida ID cards


    Birth certificates

    Social security cards

    Replacement immigration records


    Date: Friday, July 26, 2019

    Time: Intake is from 9:00AM-1:00PM (first come, first served)

    Location: Port Orange Presbyterian Church-4662 S Clyde Morris Blvd, Port Orange, FL

    For more information on what to bring CLICK HERE


    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:


    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 or 386-317-3380.