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  • 2017 CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP FOR FAMILY HOME CHILD CARE PROVIDERS

    ELCFV is offering TWO scholarships for Family Home Child Care providers who may select one of their staff member/substitutes to join them in attending the 2017 Florida Family Child Care Home Association Annual Conference. Scholarships will cover the cost of conference registration to attend Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 24th, 2017 and double occupancy hotel accommodations on Saturday night.

    Eligible Family Home Child Care Providers must:

    • Have a 2016 - 2017 School Readiness contract in good standing and have an approved profile with “active” status in the Statewide Provider Portal

    • Agree to be responsible for travel arrangements, food and any additional pre conference and conference event fees

    • Complete and submit to ELCFV a conference summary form no later than June 30, 2017

    Visit the Florida Family Home Child Care Association website for more information about the conference.

    Complete the survey at this LINK to let ELCFV know you’d like to participate. Don't delay, the survey closes on May 31, 2017!

  • PROVIDER APPRECIATION - GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK

    Did you and your staff receive the Provider Appreciation Mailing sent out earlier this month by ELCFV? Did you share the contents with staff? Please let us know the answers to those questions and more by clicking HERE and completing the 7 question survey. Your feedback will help us do an even better job of making you feel appreciated on Provider Appreciation Day 2018!

    Thanks in advance for completing the survey and for all you do!

  • FREE TRAINING WITH CEUs IN DAYTONA OR FLAGLER

    The Office of Early Learning has developed a series of four math trainings "Early Mathematics for Early Learners” to help preschool teachers become proficient in teaching math to young children. Each training in the series is FREE and is designed to help teachers of 3 and 4 year olds plan activities to integrate math concepts throughout the day.  It is recommended that the training be taken in consecutive order. Math 1 was offered last week in Daytona Beach. Upcoming training dates are as follows:

    Math 2: - Counting and Operating with Numbers on May 31, 2017 at the ELCFV Daytona Beach office, register through the DCF Child Care Training System course reference number 7379

    Math 1: - Sets and Numbers on June 10, 2017 at Sunshine Academy Flagler, register through the DCF Child Care Training System course reference number 7450

    Math 2 (following Math 1 on same date): - Counting and Operating with Numbers on June 10, 2017 at Sunshine Academy Flagler, register through the DCF Child Care Training System course reference number 7352

  • DIRECTOR CREDENTIAL RENEWAL DUE? PROFESSIONAL CONTRIBUTION OPPORTUNITY!

    Did you know that regular participation on the Discovering the Joy planning committee can count as a professional contribution towards your Director Credential renewal? Please consider joining us as we select a date, location, keynote, presenters and more for the 2018 Discovering the Joy conference. Our next meeting is on Monday, June 5, 2017 at the ELCFV Daytona Beach office. Please email Nancy Walsh at nwalsh@elcfv.org if you’re interested in joining the 2018 DTJ committee!

  • VPK ASSESSMENT AP 3 IS DUE

    All VPK providers must complete the VPK Assessment for Assessment Period 3 with every enrolled VPK child. Assessments must be completed and results entered AND submitted in the Bright Beginnings system no later than fifteen (15) calendar days after the last day of the VPK class schedule. Failure to do so will result in the program being ineligible to participate in the VPK program for 5 years.

    Visit this page of the OEL website for more information on VPK Assessment.

  • INCLUSION TIP: NON VERBAL CUES IN THE CLASSROOM

    Have you tried using non-verbal cues in your classroom? Students with behavioral problems may also have learning difficulties, especially with processing directions and requests. In most inclusive classrooms, teachers give directions about behavior verbally. This  sometimes results in some students becoming frustrated or “turned off.

    Nonverbal cues help students understand the sequence of activities, clarify expectations, and forecast what is happening next. Use signs, gestures, picture cues, and visuals to communicate directions to a wide range of learners.

    Pre-K Non-Verbal Cues – Watch this video of a Pre-K teacher who uses non-verbal cues in her classroom!

  • PLAY WITH YOUR INFANTS AND TODDLERS

    Playtime for infants and toddlers is critical for their development. When infants and toddlers are given opportunities to play, they learn new skills, explore their imagination and creativity, and develop a key sense of how to build relationships with others. Any activities you plan for playtime with young children is an opportunity for them to learn and discover new objects. Make the most of playtime with the infants and toddlers at your program by practicing these tips.

    Follow your infants and toddlers' lead

    Go slowly

    Read their signals

    Look over their play spaces

    Encourage them to try new things

    Adapt activities to meet infants and toddlers’ needs

    Click here for more tips on playing with infants and toddlers.
  • MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY - MONDAY MAY 29

    All ELCFV offices will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day. Normal operating hours will resume on Tuesday, May 30. Be sure to take a moment to remember all those who have given their lives for our freedom on this special day.

  • NEW STATEWIDE PROVIDER PORTAL OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

    The new Statewide Provider Portal is new, unique and different from the ELCFV provider portal.  It can be accessed only through the Florida Office of Early Learning sponsored site. Please click HERE to create your user account in the Statewide Portal. It is important for you to have access to BOTH the Statewide and ELCFV portals.

    The Statewide Portal account must be created by the owner/director who has authorization to add and approve portal users. Once the account has been created ELCFV will activate it.  You will then log back in and create your Provider Profile (formerly known as the Resource and Referral Update).

    Each step of the process requires ELCFV approval so do not get discouraged if you cannot move on to the next step right away! ELCFV staff is committed to activating your account as quickly as possible so you can proceed with your profile.

    Please use your message board in the current ELCFV Provider Portal to ask any questions you may have.  As a reminder, that portal can be accessed at  https://providers.elcfv.org
  • NEW RILYA WILSON CONTACT

    To report absences of children who are protected under the "Rilya Wilson Act," please contact Tyiesha Everette at Community Partnership for Children (CPC). her email address is Tyiesha.everett@cbcvf.org

    If you have any questions, please contact Cindy at cadams@elcfv.org