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  • IMPORTANT VPK READINESS RATE TIMELINES

    December 6 – 9 – Emails and correspondence to new VPK providers

    December 9 – 13 – Preliminary readiness rates will be posted

    December 16 – January 13, 2020 – VPK Providers must review and verify data and submit any disputes to their coalitions. Coalitions will approve any changes.

    January 27 – 31, 2020 – Disputes close and final readiness rates posted.

    Please closely and regularly monitor your email during this time for important announcements regarding readiness rates!

  • SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR CHILD NUTRITION CONFERENCE IN ATLANTA THIS SPRING

    Fifteen scholarships to the 34th annual Child Nutrition Conference are available from the National CACFP Sponsors Association. Scholarships include registration fee, three nights hotel and up to $300 towards transportation expense. Child Care Centers and Family Home Child Care Providers are eligible! For more information about the conference click here.

    For more about the scholarship click here

    Deadline to apply is Thursday, January 16th, 2020

  • YOUR HELP IS NEEDED

    In order to identify any potential developmental delays, ELCFV has emailed families of some School Readiness Enrolled children asking that they complete an ASQ screening for their child by next Friday, December 13. If one of your families need to complete a screening you have been copied on the message that was sent to them. Not all programs will receive messages. If yours does please help ELCFV get these screenings competed by following up with families to remind them of the request. It is best for families to complete the screening. If this is not possible, you may complete it instead.

    Please email Nancy Walsh at nwalsh@elcfv.org if you have questions.

    As always, thanks for your support as we work together to address potential developmental delays as early as possible!

  • PEACEFULNESS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

    Stress-free & Family time!

    This month’s theme is moving through the holiday seasons with ease; not getting caught up in the expectations of the holiday; and embracing family time. Holidays can stir up various emotions. With some practical tips, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays. You may even end up enjoying the holidays more than you thought you would!

    Here are a few resources to share on reducing stress this holiday season:

    Seven ways to reduce family stress during the holidays

    How to avoid holiday family stress

    Monthly Adventures in Reading Book

    Families coming into our lobby during the 3rd week in December will receive a book and engagement activities! Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (Brown Bear and Friends) by Bill Martin Jr.

    HERE are a few reading tips to go along with the story of Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

  • SEIZURE/EPILEPSY TRAINING AVAILABLE NOW

    Interested in hosting a seizure training for staff in your program?

    Ericka McKinney provides FREE training on epilepsy and seizures for you and staff!

    For more information or to book your training email Ericka at emckinney@epilepsyfl.org or (386)-314-0904.

  • INFANT TODDLER MMCI REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

    Interested in signing up for the next session of Infant Toddler Making the Most of Classroom Interactions?

    Registration is now open!

    Classes will begin on Saturday, January 11, 2020

    CLICK HERE to visit the training calendar and register today!

  • ELCFV STILL ACCEPTING CHILDREN'S WEEK ART FOR 2020

    The 25th annual Children’s Week is coming up – January 26-31st - and we would like to invite our Flagler and Volusia providers to submit hand art to be hung in the State Capitol! A flyer previously went out with details about the deadline – that has now been extended from December 13th to January 17th as hands will not be hung in county buildings this year.

    All providers who submit hand art will be entered to win $100 in Lakeshore products for their school or center!

    Please encourage children to be as creative as they’d like. We can’t wait to see those hands!

    CLICK HERE to share a flyer!

  • HOLIDAY ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE

    If you have family at your program that is in need of holiday assistance please have them e-mail childcare@elcfv.org to sign up.

    Please note that it is on a first come, first serve basis and Assistance is not guaranteed to everyone who signs up.

  • PREPARE NOW TO MEET THE NEEDS OF SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN

    Does your program offer care for School Age children during the holiday breaks? Be ready for them! DCF has an online course, Supporting Literacy in School Age Programs that will prepare your School Age Staff to help children with their reading and writing skills.

    On the DCF Training and Registry page select the Online Course Enroll tab, then from the Select a Training Area drop down menu select In-service. You’ll find this course at the top of the second page. The cost of the 5 hour course is $10.00 and CEUs are available.

    Click HERE to register

    Thanks for helping your staff to give School Age Children what they need!

  • UPDATED PARENT FEE WORKSHEET

    Here is the updated version of the Parent Fee Worksheet that parents can use to identify the amount of tuition not covered by ELC payments. It can be accessed on our website by clicking HERE

    If you have any questions please reach out to Beth, Director of Family Services: bfreshour@elcfv.org

  • SCHOOL READINESS FUNDING NOW COVERS OLDER CHILDREN!

    Effective 11-12-19, School Readiness Funding will now cover children up to age 13 in BG8 and BG1 billing groups.

    If you have any questions please contact Beth, Director of Family Services: bfreshour@elcfv.org

  • LOOKING TO EARN YOUR CDA OR DIRECTORS CREDENTIAL?

    Daytona State College has several options for you! You can earn your CDA/Staff Credential at the Daytona, Deland, or Deltona Campus!

    You can also earn your Director’s credential in as little as seven weeks online in the comfort of your own home!

    CLICK HERE for more information on how to get started!

  • NEW COURSE TRAINING FOR DIRECTORS

    The Department of Children and Families Office of Child Care Regulation is offering a new instructor-led course, Trauma-Informed Care for Child Care Program Directors. The goal of this course is to assist child care programs in implementing trauma-informed care for families they serve.

    CLICK HERE for more information.

  • NEW FUNDING DOOR!

    Recently we received additional dollars designed to provide services to low income families at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, but still below 85% of the state median income.

    Why this is cool? Before, families would not be able to come into services if they made more than 150% of the FPL, now they can!

    We are working on spreading the word! If you had a family recently learn they were over income for our services when they applied, please have them reach out to Beth Freshour, Director of Family Services: bfreshour@elcfv.org