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  • ALL SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAMS TO BE ASSESSED BY JUNE 2019

    We know that high-quality early learning programs can change a child’s life. This is especially true for our children in the School Readiness (SR) Program. Research shows that positive teacher-child interactions improve child outcomes in kindergarten and beyond. It’s no wonder that early learning has caught the attention of our state leaders.

    During the 2018 legislative session, the Florida Legislature passed a bill (HB 1091) that increases quality and accountability in the SR Program. This legislation became effective July 1, 2018, and required the Office of Early Learning (OEL) to develop rules to implement the new requirements. Three of the new requirements SR providers can expect include:

    1. Participation in an annual program assessment with a minimum score requirement to contract for the SR Program

    2. Engagement in a quality improvement plan (if applicable)

    3. An opportunity to receive a payment differential based on program assessment scores and conducting a child assessment.

    Information about School Readiness Assessment and how it will affect your program is available! Click here to view a flyer from Florida’s Office of Early Learning and here to visit their related website page.

    Thanks for taking the time to learn more about this important subject!

  • PROVIDER PAYMENT PLAN

    In order to make sure that all School Readiness (SR) Providers are paid on time, ELCFV will use an alternate plan for the payments due to Providers in November, 2018.

    Because of the continued issues with the new portal, ELCFV will process payments based on June 2018 SR Payments.

    Once providers are able to enter July 2018, August 2018, September 2018 and October 2018 attendance, ELCFV will review the differences between the submitted attendance and the payments issued and process payments of the balances owed for July 2018, August 2018, September 2018 and October 2018 SR.

    If a provider owes money to ELCFV due to an overpayment, Providers will receive notice from a Quality & Compliance Representative for repayment options.

    Voluntary Prekindergarten payments will be processed based on the number of children enrolled in the program and the number of hours completed.

    There may be some overpayments due to absences but those will be handled when attendance can be submitted.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Quality & Compliance staff.

  • OWNER/DIRECTOR FORUM TO BE HELD IN ORANGE CITY TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27

    The next ELCFV Owner/Director Forum will be held on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 from 6:30pm-8:00pm. The forum will be held at Sunrise Academy, located at 2700 Enterprise Rd in Orange City. Kits with supplies to be used for creating hand art for display during Children's Week will be distributed. To register click HERE!
  • NEW STANDARDS TRAINING AVAILABLE NOW!

    Implementing the Florida Standards in Infant and Toddler Classrooms: Birth through 2 Years course is available online!

    Based on the newly revised Florida Early Learning and Development Standards, the course provides an overview of the standards used in infant and toddler classrooms serving children birth through 2 years old. It includes examples of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies for infants and toddlers throughout the training, along with information about purposeful planning, reflective practice and qualities of an effective educator.

    Online Training (5 hours) Cost:$10.00

    Register for the course on the Department of children and Families (DCF) Child Care Training System.

    For a printable flyer to share CLICK HERE!

  • HEALTHY START PARENT & COMMUNITY CAFE-DAYTONA BEACH ON NOVEMBER 16TH

    Healthy Start Coalition would like to invite families, early educators, and service providers together to strengthen our community. The Parent & Community Cafe Dialogue conversation is focused on providing insight and education about parenting.

    The Host will guide you through a Dialogue with the use of a Cafe Card that has a question that highlights a specific Protective Factor. But there is more to a Parent Cafe than just a deck of cards! Parent Cafes have a magical quality to them. The Cafe recognizes and affirms parents as leaders in their families and in their communities.

    LIGHT MEAL IS PROVIDED.

    Parent & Community Cafe Dialogue will be hosted 6:00PM-7:30PM (always 3rd Friday of the month)

    Volusia County Health Department

    1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach

    FREE CHILDCARE AT THIS LOCATION ONLY!

  • SAFE KIDS FREE CAR SEAT SAFETY CHECK IN DELTONA NOVEMBER 22ND!

    FREE CAR SEAT SAFETY CHECKS OFFERED AT HALIFAX HEALTH LOCATIONS IN DAYTONA BEACH AND DELTONA!

    Healthy Communities in conjunction with SafeKids Volusia/Flagler Counties is offering free car seat safety checks each month at Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach and Halifax Health – Emergency Department of Deltona.

    In Daytona Beach, car seat safety checks take place the first Wednesday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. at Halifax Health Medical Center, France Tower, 303 North Clyde Morris Boulevard in Daytona Beach

    Free car seat safety checks are now also available for West Volusia area residents the fourth Thursday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. at Halifax Health Emergency Department of Deltona, 3300 Halifax Crossing Boulevard in Deltona. Upcoming date for this event is November 22nd, 2018.

    For more information contact Halifax Health-Healthy Communities at 386-323-0000 or visit the Halifax Health website HERE.

  • DECEMBER 7TH: DOUBLE YOUR SNAP DOLLARS ON FRUITS AND VEGETABLES!

    MFCS Head Start and Early Head Start are partnering with UF/IFAS to provide our families the opportunity to double your SNAP dollars on fruits and vegetables!

    When: December 7th at 6:00PM

    Where: DeLand Artisan Alley Farmer's Market

    114 W New York Ave. DeLand, FL 32720

    Please share this flyer with your families.

  • CIRCLE OF SECURITY PARENTING SERIES

    At times all parents feel lost or without a clue about what our child might need from us. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from you. The Circle of Security Parenting program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened.

    Presented by: Richard Fay LCSW

    Organized by: Presbyterian Counseling Center

    Location: Trinity Presbyterian Church 156 Florida Park Drive, Palm coast FL.

    Learning Objectives of the Training:

    Understand your child's emotional world by learning to read the emotional needs

    Support your child's ability to successfully manage emotions

    Enhance the development of your child's self esteem

    Honor your innate wisdom and desire for your child to be secure

    For dates/times and for more information on how you can register call Presbyterian Counseling Center (386) 258-1618 or send an email PresbyterianCounselingCenter@gmail.com.

  • HEALTH INSURANCE OPEN ENROLLMENT ASSISTANCE

    Please promote this information below to your families.

    Open enrollment began Thursday November 1st and ends at Midnight on Saturday December 15th.

    Free assistance is available locally through several community agencies to support individuals and families in the enrollment process. The Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida, Family Health Source, Azalea Health and Halifax Health Healthy Communities all have trained professionals available.

    The Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida's Navigators will be available with in-person assistance, as well as virtually and by phone. To schedule an appointment call 877-813-9115.

    Family Health Source will have in-person assistance available at their various locations (386) 267-6214.

    Halifax Health Healthy Communities will have in person assistance available (386)425-7920. For assistance in Spanish call (386) 212-9138.

    Azalea Health will have in-person assistance available (386) 323-9600.

  • ACT NOW! ASK NOW!

    Easterseals is now scheduling ACT Now! (Autism Community Training) and ASK Now! (Autism Strategy Know How) training events for childcare staff.

    During the ACT Now Training, educators will increase the knowledge about autism spectrum disorders and learn to identify early signs and red flags. The ASK Now training also features information about autism along with strategies to assist with communication delays, sensory processing, behavior challenges, self-help and social help skills.

    CEU's are offered for any educator taking this training!

    For more information on how to sign your program up for this awesome training call 386-944-7856.

  • WEBINAR: FLIP IT! TRANSFORMING CHALLENGING BEHAVIOR ON NOVEMBER 29TH

    Join Rachel Wagner, author of the award-winning book, “FLIP IT! Transforming Challenging Behavior” for an introductory webinar on the FLIP IT! strategy. This strategy is designed to help young children (ages 3-8) learn about their feelings, gain self-control and reduce challenging behavior.

    The four steps of FLIP IT! are embodied in the mnemonic which stands for F-Feelings, L-Limits, I-Inquiries, and P-Prompts. This evidence-based strategy is nothing new, but transforms best practice into something that is easy to remember, applicable in a variety of challenging situations, and portable. Join us to learn more about how FLIP IT! can support programs that are looking for best practices on reducing challenging behavior in young children.

    To register visit the TRAINING CALENDAR

  • GET A FREE TABLET WHEN YOU SIGN-UP FOR HIMAMA! OFFER ENDS NOVEMBER 30TH

    Would you like to spend less time doing paperwork and more time with the children in your care? Now you can!

    The HiMama app offers a way to engage with children and their families while spending less time having to write things down. How does it work?

    Teacher Documentation (Photos, Videos, portfolios, assessments, observations, and learning stories)

    Administrative Reporting (Daily sheets, monthly reports, health, sleep, and safety checks, smart billing feature)

    Parent Communication (Email and text messages, parent app with notifications, calendars and menus)

    Empower Teachers (Activity planning, saves time on paperwork, leadership resources)

    Delight Parents (Parent portal, digital daily reports, and family sharing options)

    Achieve Excellence (Modernize your center and showcase your hard work)

    If you would like to sign-up for HiMama and get a free tablet click HERE

  • WEBINAR: FACILITATED LEADERSHIP AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT: LEARNING WITH AND FROM FAMILIES ON DECEMBER 4TH

    Being an early childhood program leader is more challenging than it’s ever been. Among the many responsibilities center directors have on their plate is forging robust home–school partnerships.

    Join Debbie LeeKeenan and Iris Chin Ponte as they discuss a critical topic from their recent publication, From Survive to Thrive: A Director's Guide for Leading an Early Childhood Program. Debbie and Iris will explore why engaging families in their children’s education through facilitated leadership is critical to the success of each child and the program as well as practical tips for how to welcome and involve all families.

    To register visit the ELCFV training calendar

  • STRESSED OUT?

    Chances are, you've heard or read about toxic stress—maybe from the media, from a physician, or from a family member, friend, or neighbor. You may feel overwhelmed or confused by all of the information out there. The Center on the Developing Child created a guide to help you focus on the facts about toxic stress, the science behind it, and how we can address and prevent it.

    Click HERE to view the Toxic Stress Guide