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  • EARLY LEARNING FLORIDA (ELFL) SPRING TERM COURSES OPEN ENROLLMENT MARCH 4TH-MARCH 29TH!

    Need to renew a child care credential? Looking for a great training?

    A limited quantity of seats in Early Learning Florida (ELFL) online courses are available FREE of charge!

    What does that mean?

    No travel needed, access courses anywhere you have access to internet and a laptop, desktop or tablet computer

    Complete course modules each week on your own schedule

    FREE to enroll

    FREE CEUs

    Orientation webinar for participants to help them learn how to navigate courses

    Full support from ELFL instructors to master course content and improve your educational practice

    Opportunity to experience ELFL courses that will be a part of program quality improvement in 2019 and beyond

    Direct Enrollment in Early Learning Florida courses will be from March 4 – March 29. Click here to see a flyer with step by step instructions for how existing users (i.e., practitioners who are taking a course) and new users can register for a course.

    Courses start on April 1st, 2019 and end on June 2nd, 2019

    Any School Readiness provider can take a course at no cost; these courses are paid for by Florida’s Office of Early Learning. Participants who complete the course are eligible for a stipend upon mastery.

  • 2019 ELCFV EARLY EDUCATION CONFERENCE ON MARCH 30TH!

    Have you registered for the ELCFV Early Education Conference? Here’s what you need to know:

    When? Saturday, March 30, 2019 Check in begins at 7:30AM, Welcome at 8:15AM Conference ends at 3:30 PM

    Where? University High School 1000 W. Rhode Island Ave. Orange City, FL 32763

    What? Registration includes conference tote provided by Kaplan Early Learning, lunch from HoneyBaked Ham and presentations from experts in early learning including:

    • Rutha Corley, DCF Training Coordinator, presenting Reflective Practice

    • Dorothy Lefford, Easterseals, presenting Moving to Learn

    • Kim Vukelja, Imagination Station Montessori Using Flannel boards with Toddlers

    • Lakeshore product demos

    and MORE!

    Visit the conference webpage for the most up-to-date information.

    Might you or someone you know have interest in participating as a presenter or vendor? Registration for both is also now open!

    See you at the conference!

  • EARLY CHILDHOOD LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT ONLINE COURSE!

    The next Leadership Development Course will begin on April 1st.

    This course is a DCF approved 45 HR Child Care Management course which is a requirement for the Director's Credential. It may also be used for the 45 HR renewal of the credential.

    In this course, you will gain an understanding of what it means to be an effective early care and education program leader. This course will help guide you in your mission to create a successful, high-quality program, support fellow educators, and make a tremendous impact on the lives of children and families.

    If you know of anyone who may be interested in taking this course CLICK HERE for a downloadable/printable flyer or contact Info@earlylearningflorida.com for more information and questions.

  • 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!

  • NEW ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES (ACES) COURSE ON MARCH 26TH!

    Join presenter Maria Long M.A. Ed. as she discusses in more detail the true meaning of ACES and its impact across our lifespan. During this course, you will also learn how to apply Strengthening Families Protective Factors to promote safer, healthier, happier, and empowered families. There will also be lots of interactive practice activities during class!

    The class will be held at Daytona State College, Health Sciences Hall (Building 320 Room 541) 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.

    Time: 9AM-4PM (1 Hour lunch)

    Cost: $99.00

    To register for classes call (386) 506-3522

    Register before March 19th to receive $10 off!

  • CARD BEHAVIOR BASICS TRAINING ON MARCH 28TH

    The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) is offering a two part series of training classes with a emphasis on behavior. Part 1, titled Behavior Basics 1 will focus on verbal and nonverbal individuals and will cover the techniques of:

    Preventing negative or problem behaviors

    Teaching and increasing positive behaviors such as following directions

    Self-help and independence skills

    Using principles of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)

    Behavior such as redirection, reinforcement, and positives will also be covered. At the end of this class, participants will be asked to complete a home assignment that will be discussed in Behavior Basics Part 2.

    Behavior Basics Part 2 will focus on how to look at problem behaviors from a functional, behavioral perspective using principles of ABA. This class will also discuss concepts of functional assessment and strategies for reducing and replacing problematic behaviors.

    (In order to participate in Behavior Basics part 2, you must have attended part 1)

    CLICK HERE to register for Behavior Basics Part 1 on March 28th 6-8PM

    CLICK HERE to register for Behavior Basics Part 2 on April 11th 6-8PM

    Both classes will be held at Daytona State College 1200 W International Speedway Blvd Daytona Beach Florida, 32114 Building 140-Room #305

  • SR ENROLLMENT LIST, PAYMENTS, 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.

    Because this will affect your payment, please share with your families that they need to electronically sign if you see that a child’s name is in “Pending Acceptance” status.

    Also,in order to avoid any delays in processing payments, we are going to pay February based on what you received for January.

    If you have submitted attendance to be “trued-up” for the first time this month, we will be completing a check request so you will be paid accurately.

    If you have any questions regarding payments, please email Christy West Cwest@elcfv.org.

    If you have enrollment or eligibility questions, please call and speak to someone in Family Services: 386.323.2400 x 8801

  • ELCFV'S FIRST ICE CREAM NIGHT ON APRIL 4TH!

    Come out and join ELCFV at our FIRST Ice Cream Night at Curly Cream Rolled Ice Cream in Daytona Beach!

    20% of each sale that is made will benefit ELCFV and be matched 16:1 by the state!

    Address: 2553 N. Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32118

    Time: 5-7PM

    CLICK HERE to share a flyer with your families and friends!

  • BIKING, HIKING, OR SKATING FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!

    Do you like to hike, bike, or even skate outdoors?

    Now you can do so in West Volusia on the Spring-to-Spring Trail!

    It is designed to accommodate walkers, joggers, inline skaters, bicyclists and people with disabilities. The Spring-to-Spring trail also links several of our communities to the St. Johns River, parks, and attractions.

    Several segments of the trail are complete, with trailheads at:

    Lake Monroe Park – 975 U.S. Hwy 17-92, DeBary FL 32713

    Gemini Springs County Park – 37 Dirksen Dr., DeBary FL 32713

    Debary Hall Historic Site – 210 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary FL 32713

    Blue Spring State Park – 2100 W. French Ave., Orange City, FL 32763

    Lake Beresford County Park – 2100 Fatio Rd, DeLand FL 32720

    For more information about the Spring-to-Spring Trail click HERE

  • FLAEYC CONFERENCE ON APRIL 27TH

    Can't make it to the ELCFV conference on March 30th or looking for another opportunity?

    Florida Association for the Education of Young Children (FLAEYC) will be hosting a conference!

    As early childhood educators, we often criticize ourselves harshly while giving love and credit to others unconditionally. We deserve the same care and respect.

    This conference will be packed with presentations from Early Childhood professionals who recognize and RESPECT the importance of our work.

    When?: Saturday April 27th, 2019 8:00AM-3:30PM

    Where?: Schultz Center 4019 Boulevard Center Drive Jacksonville, FL 32207

    .6 IACET CEUS and 6 in-service training hours are included!

    Light breakfast and lunch included!

    For more information contact Charlene Gross @ (904) 591-5351

    CLICK HERE for a flyer and registration form

  • 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!