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  • NEW SUMMER SESSIONS TO EXPLORE THE SEVEN ESSENTIAL LIFE SKILLS

    A FREE opportunity for Parents, Child Care Professionals, Early Learning Educators and Community Agencies supporting children and families to embark on this learning journey to explore the seven essential life skills:

    • Focus and Self Control

    • Perspective Taking

    • Communicating

    • Making Connections

    • Critical Thinking

    • Taking on Challenges

    • Self Directed Engaged Learning

    Click here for more information on the session dates as well as location of this training.

    To register for Mind in the Making learning sessions, please visit our training page here.

  • FREE CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS IN DELTONA

    The City of Deltona Fire Department will conduct free car seat safety inspections from 1 to 4 p.m., May 24, at Halifax Health Emergency Room, 3300 Halifax Crossing Blvd. These free inspections will be performed by firefighters working to finalize course work to become certified car seat technicians. For more information, call (386) 575-6901.

  • DO YOU NEED CEUs AND IN-SERVICE HOURS?

    Go to the KidVision Pre-K website to renew your membership or update your profile to join the KidVision Teachers Association.

    For a Teachers Association Membership of $40.00 you will:

    • Earn 8.5 CEUs / 85 In-Service Hours for the 2017- 2018 School Year

    • Belong to a Professional Early Childhood Association needed to Renew CDA

    • Get Monthly E-Newsletters with Fun Holidays and Field Trips to watch

  • WEBINAR MAY 31ST: FIDELITY IN THE PRESCHOOL CLASSROOM: BEST PRACTICES IN ACTION

    What does “fidelity” look like in a high-quality preschool program? In this new webinar series, we invite teachers and administrators to explore the transformative value of implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum with fidelity, providing real-world examples of best practice on the following topics:

    • optimizing the physical environment and the daily schedule,

    • ensuring that every teacher–child interaction is positive, and

    • building strong partnerships with children’s families.

    If you are interested in taking this webinar please visit our training page for more information.

  • SCHOOL READINESS HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATE

    Active Credential Requirements Related to Group Size

    As a reminder to all School Readiness program providers, the active credential requirements related to group size will go into effect October 25, 2018.

    Please click here for additional information.

    Please reach out by sending a message to the Quality and Compliance staff via the ELCFV provider portal with questions you may have about this requirement.

  • NEW FLORIDA EARLY LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENTAL STANDARDS WEBSITE AVAILABLE!

    The Office of Early Learning is pleased to share the new Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards website which may be accessed at http://flbt5.floridaearlylearning.com.

    This site includes the revised Early Learning and Developmental Standards: Birth–Kindergarten (2017) and related resources through the collaboration of the CCR&R, School Readiness and VPK program units within the Office of Early Learning.

    Please check back often to view the following additional features and resources, which will be added over the next few months:

    - Educator guides

    - Standard examples

    - Links to resources including videos

    - Family resources

  • FREE SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES TO USE IN YOUR CLASSROOM TO PROMOTE MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

    Understanding infant mental health is the key to preventing and treating the mental health problems of very young children and their families. It also helps guide the development of healthy social and emotional behaviors.

    Check out the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning website to gather activities you can do at home or in the classroom.

  • TELL OEL WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT PROGRAM ASSESSMENT!

    Rules that determine how child care programs with School Readiness contracts will be assessed are being developed NOW. Don’t miss this opportunity to give your input!

    There will be a rule workshop for Rule 6M-4.740 Program Assessment Requirements for the School Readiness Program. There are several opportunities to participate in the workshop webinars at the following dates and times:

    • Tuesday, May 22, 2018, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. or until the conclusion of business, whichever is earlier. Click here to register for the webinar.

    • Wednesday, May 23, 2018, from 1 to 2:00 p.m. or until the conclusion of business, whichever is earlier. Click here to register for the webinar.

    • Thursday, May 29, 2018, from 7 to 8:00 p.m. or until the conclusion of business, whichever is earlier. Click here to register for the webinar.

    • Thursday, May 30, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or until the conclusion of business, whichever is earlier. Click here to register for the webinar.

    After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with information about how to join the webinar.

    Please submit any written comments on the proposed rule to OEL.Rules@oel.myflorida.com. All emails should have “6M-4.740 Comment” in the subject line.

  • FREE BOWLING IN PALM COAST

    Parents are always looking for fun and healthy activities to do with their children. They can register their child to get 2 free games of bowling at Palm Coast Lanes every day until August 31st. Here is the website to register.

  • EARLY LEARNING PARENTS' PAGES

    In this issue you will get some tips and resources on provider appreciation, Mother's Day, how nurturing moms boost babies' brains, may-day fun, and much more!

    Click here to download and print for your teachers and parents.

  • ELCFV SUMMER LITERACY INITIATIVE: CULTURE AROUND THE WORLD! JUNE 28, 2018

    Come and join us as we celebrate culture around the world with our summer reading: Culture Around the World. In this literacy initiative you will get one book per classroom and suggested activities to go with the book.

    If you would like more information on the books we select please click here for the flyer.

    If you would like to register please click here.

    Registration closes May 24, 2018.

  • 5 CONCRETE STRATEGIES YOU CAN IMPLEMENT IMMEDIATELY TO MAKE YOUR CLASSROOM MORE PEACEFUL AND MORE FUN FOR ALL!

    FREE Webinar: "WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY TO LESSEN CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS TOMORROW!"

    When: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Register in our training calendar here

    Overview: At times, teachers feel powerless in the face of challenging behaviors by children. Early childhood professionals can take steps toward lessening these behaviors and increasing joy and engagement in the classroom. In this edWebinar, Michelle Salcedo, M.Ed., Chief Academic Officer at Sunshine House Early Learning Academy, speaker, and author, provides five concrete strategies teachers can implement immediately to make their classrooms more peaceful and more fun for all.

    Early childhood education teachers and directors will benefit from attending this live, interactive event. There will be time for a question and answer session after Michelle’s presentation. Join us to learn ways to reduce challenging behaviors and raise engagement in the early childhood classroom.

    Directors pass this to your teachers! If teachers can't view this at 4:00pm, it will be recorded and you can listen to it later.

  • EXCITING CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITES IN JUNE

    This summer is filled with opportunities to learn about ways to make your child care program even better in the 2018 – 2019 school year!

    Click here for information about the Enhancing our Minds Conference to be held June 20 – 24 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Clearwater FL

    Click here for information about the Endless Summer Conference to be held June 28 – 29 at the Embassy Suites Hotel at Busch Gardens, Tampa, FL

    Click here For information about the annual One Goal Conference to be held July 18 – 20, 2018 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown, Tampa, FL

    Hope you enjoy checking out these great opportunities!

  • ARE YOU A FACEBOOK USER?

    Please check out our Facebook group where you can grab ideas, resources, and connect with other early childhood professionals. Click here or next time you are logged in Facebook, search "Early Ed Teacher Connections" and select "Join Group."

    Help us reach our goal of 20 new members!

  • WANT TO HAVE LESS CHALLENGING BEHAVIOR IN YOUR PROGRAM?

    There’s often a link between challenging behavior and intense emotions. This 30 minute podcast tells how “saying what you see” can help you connect to the child and solve problems before they result in challenging behavior. There’s also a printed transcript for those who prefer reading to listening.

    Thanks for checking out this strategy and sharing it with your staff!

    You can find more inclusion resources on our website at https://www.elcfv.org/providers/inclusion/

  • ASQ SCREENING REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOL READINESS PROVIDERS

    School Readiness providers are required to participate in the child screening process. ELCFV uses the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ).

    Providers will be notified at least 30 days in advance of an ASQ being due. Notification will be via a message in the Statewide Provider Portal. Please note that:

    • ASQ MUST be submitted via the ASQ online system. Paper copies will not be accepted. You may use a paper version as a tool for the classroom teacher, then enter the results from that paper version to the ASQ on-line system. Access the on-line system via the ELCFV Child Screening and Assessment web page here

    • Providers MUST notify ELCFV if a child for whom an ASQ is requested no longer attends their program. Notification should be via the ELCFV Provider Portal and include the child’s last day of attendance.

    If you have questions about the ASQ, please contact an ELCFV Quality and Inclusion Specialist by submitting an Inclusion Support Request Form found here.

    Thank you for supporting children’s developmental progress!

  • OPPORTUNITIES AT ELCFV

    Do you know someone who is looking to further their career in early learning? ELCFV currently has two open positions! To learn more about these opportunities click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.

    Please share this with others that may be interested in joining the ELCFV team. Thanks!

  • DO YOU KNOW A FAMILY ENGAGEMENT SUPERSTAR?

    The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is seeking educators to be nominated for the 2018 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award. This esteemed award recognizes the positive impact of teachers who engage families through exemplary practices in school and community-based educational programming. Along with recognition, this award comes with a $20,000 grant to implement innovative ideas for expanding the award recipient’s program to benefit families and/or to engage more families. One runner-up will be awarded $5,000. For more information or to nominate someone for this award click here.