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More than 5,000 Local Children Read for the Record at Learning Coalition’s Literacy Event

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The VPK class at Mosely Elementary School in Putnam County enjoys “Not Norman: A Goldfish Story” by Kelly Bennett

The VPK class at Mosely Elementary School in Putnam County enjoys “Not Norman: A Goldfish Story” by Kelly Bennett.

"Not Norman" activities at Mosely Elementary.

Children at Mosely Elementary School work on class activities based on the book, “Not Norman,” by author Kelly Bennett.

More than 5,000 Local Children Read for the Record at Learning Coaltion’s Literacy Event

PALATKA, Fla., October 23, 1015- During the morning hours of October 22, 2015, preschools across Putnam County participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a nationwide program that emphasizes to students that there is never a bad time to pick up a good book.

The purpose of the program is to get as many people as possible simultaneously read a specific book at a specific time. This year’s selected book was “Not Norman: A Goldfish Story” by Kelly Bennett.

“The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida (ELC) is extremely proud to be a part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record,” said, Joan Whitson, Early Literacy Coordinator for ELC.

Putnam County had 13 centers participate along with all 17 of the VPK classrooms within the Putnam County School District.

A total of 5,132 children from ELC’s six-county coverage participated in the event, in hopes of beating last years record.

For more information please visit our website at www.elcnorthflorida.org.

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Sponsorship by the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida and the state of Florida, Office of Early Learning.

Early Learning Coalition of North Florida

[PRESS RELEASE] ELC and Amazing Grace Crop Maze Create Early Literacy Event

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Ortega Hills Preschool at Children from Ortega Hills Preschool in Clay County show off their new "Spookley" books at the Amazing Grace Crop Maze.

Children from Ortega Hills Preschool in Clay County show off their new “Spookley” books at the Amazing Grace Crop Maze.

ELC and Amazing Grace Crop Maze Create Early Literacy Event

 

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla., October 28, 2015- On October 19, Early Learning Coalition of North Florida (ELC) hosted their first early literacy Fall event at the Amazing Grace Crop Maze in Green Cove Springs on October 19, 2015.

Thirteen preschools attended the day’s event for a total of 281 children.

The Amazing Grace Crop Maze field trip included a special literacy program based on the book “Spookley the Square Pumpkin,” by Joe Troiano.

During the morning hours, the venue provided hay rides to preschool children which drove them through pumpkin patches.

Later that day, there was a crop-maze science adventure. Children also enjoyed a mini hay bale maze and were included in other various farm attractions such as “rat rollers,” duck races and corn hole.

Early Learning Coalition’s staff and volunteers were also on-hand and provided extra craft activities while they handed out free copies of the Spookley book to every child who attended.

Child care providers in attendance from Bradford, Clay and Duval counties received a bagful of assorted Spookley books as well as other Fall-related books.

“I was thrilled to partner with Amazing Grace Crop Maze this year,” said Joan Whitson, early literacy coordinator. “The emphasis on literacy and agriculture that Amazing Grace introduced to the  children was a great learning experience.”

For more information about upcoming early literacy events, please contact Joan Whitson at 904-342-2267 or jwhitson@elcnorthflorida.org.

 

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Sponsorship by the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida and the state of Florida, Office of Early Learning.

Early Learning Coalition of North Florida

[PRESS RELEASE] ELC and Sykes Farm Continue Annual Early Literacy Event

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VPK Children from Roots & Wings Preschool in St. Augustine, show off their new fall visors while they hold their free "Spookley" book they received.

VPK Children from Roots & Wings Preschool in St. Augustine, show off their new fall visors while they hold their free “Spookley” book they received.

 

ELC and Sykes Farm Continue Annual Early Literacy Event

 

ELKTON, Fla., October 16, 2015- The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida (ELC) hosted their annual early literacy-fall event at Sykes Farms in Elkton, on October 12 and October 13, 2015.

The Sykes Farm field trip included two special literacy corn mazes based on the books “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” and “Jack and the Cornstalk”.

The venue held special events throughout the morning, including hay rides through pumpkin patches, petting zoo, an up close and personal look at farm animals, play ground with corn box, tube slide and opportunities to  jump on their gigantic tractor tires as well as an oversized corn popper (large jumping pillow).

Throughout both days, ELC staff and volunteers were on-hand and provided extra craft activities and handed out copies of the book “Spookley” to every child who attended. Child care providers also received a bagful of assorted “Spookley” books and other fall-related books.

“I am so impressed with the emphasis on literacy and farm education that Sykes Farms introduces to young children.,” Joan Whitson, Early Literacy Coordinator said.

Twenty-nine preschools attended for a total of 480 children.

ELC will also be hosting a similar event at the Amazing Grace Crop Maze in Green Cove Springs on October 19, 2015.

For more information concerning the upcoming event as well as other future early literacy events, please contact Joan Whitson at 904-342-2267 orjwhitson@elcnorthflorida.org.

 

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Sponsorship by the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida and the state of Florida, Office of Early Learning.

Early Learning Coalition of North Florida

Special to Palatka Daily News-Read for the Record 2013

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Early Childhood Education Remains Top Priority for American Voters

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Early Childhood Education Remains Top Priority for American Voters

 

ST.AUGUSTINE, Fla., August 15, 2013 – Early childhood education still remains a top priority in the eyes of America, second only to increasing jobs and building a stronger economy.

A survey was conducted in July 2013 by Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research, a bipartisan research team that reached out to more than 800 American voters. The sample was distributed proportionately throughout the United States to willing participants through cellular and landline telephone users.

The survey results revealed strong support for increasing early childhood education. Eighty-six percent of American voters believe children should receive quality education starting from a young age. Voters also believe more can be done to achieve this goal. Roughly 70 percent of voters also feel children should have better tools to ensure academic success by the time they reach kindergarten.

“On a local level, early learning services should be viewed as an investment for Florida’s future prosperity,” said Dawn Bell, Chief Executive Officer of the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida. “The answer is investing in the healthy minds of children now while it’s less costly, rather than investing more money down the road trying to fix detrimental mistakes.”

For a full report on the poll fact sheet, visit http://growamericastronger.org/. To learn more about early learning, visit http://www.elcnorthflorida.org/.

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Special to the St. Augustine Record: ELC’s Toddler Fest

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Toddler Fest Friday at Anastasia Library

Posted: June 23, 2013 – 12:00am
 Erica Bauserman and Elmo read to a group of children at a recent literacy event sponsored by the ELC. Contributed photo         Contributed photo

Erica Bauserman and Elmo read to a group of children at a recent literacy event sponsored by the ELC.
Special to The Record

Toddler Fest, a free children’s event, begins at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Anastasia Island Branch Library, 124 Sea Grove Main St.

Hosted by the Early Learning Coalition of Putnam and St. Johns counties (ELC), Toddler Fest activities will include a special story time program, music, games, crafts, balloon animals and face painting.

The event is open to the public and best suited for children aged two to five years.

Toddler Fest is sponsored by Kiwanis Club of St. Augustine and Nettles Fine Jewelry and will include a special guest appearance by Elmo of “Sesame Street.” Every child will be given a free age-appropriate book and bike helmets will be given to the first 100 children. Nemours Bright Start will provide literacy screenings and Project Buckle Up will be on hand to talk to parents about car seat safety.

“Past Toddler Fest events have been so successful,” said Joan Whitson, ELC’s Early Literacy coordinator. “These events are geared to inspire our smallest children toward learning and to provide great resources for their families. “

For information, email Whitson at jwhitson@elcpsj.org or go to www.elcpsj.org.

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[PRESS RELEASE] Toddler Fest Provides Free, Educational Fun for the Family

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Erica Bauserman and ELMO

Erica Bauserman and ELMO reading to a group of children at a recent literacy event sponsored by the ELC. ELMO will share his love of reading during the upcoming Toddler Fest, held on June 28, 2013 at Anastasia Island Library in St. Augustine.

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Joan Whitson, Early Literacy Coordinator

904-342-2267

jwhitson@elcpsj.org

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PHOTO CAPTION: Erica Bauserman and ELMO reading to a group of children at a recent literacy event sponsored by the ELC. ELMO will share his love of reading during the upcoming Toddler Fest, held on June 28, 2013 at Anastasia Island Library in St. Augustine.

Toddler Fest Provides Free, Educational Fun for the Family

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., June 15, 2013 – Toddler Fest, a free children’s event, will be held on June 28, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Anastasia Island Branch Library, 124 Sea Grove Main Street in St. Augustine.

Hosted by the Early Learning Coalition of Putnam and St. Johns Counties (ELC), Toddler Fest activities will include a special story time program, music, games, crafts, balloon animals and face painting.  The event is open to the public and best suited for children aged two to five years.

Toddler Fest is sponsored by Kiwanis Club of St. Augustine and Nettles Fine Jewelry and will include a special guest appearance, Sesame Street’s ELMO. Every child will be given a free age-appropriate book and bike helmets will be given to the first 100 children. Nemours Bright Start will provide literacy screenings and Project Buckle Up will be on hand to talk to parents about car seat safety.

“Past Toddler Fest events have been so successful,” said Joan Whitson, ELC’s Early Literacy coordinator. “These events are geared to inspire our smallest children toward learning and to provide great resources for their families. “

For more information concerning Toddler Fest, please contact Joan Whitson at jwhitson@elcpsj.org or visit www.elcpsj.org.

 

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[PRESS RELEASE] Story Time Programs Hit the Road

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CONTACT:

Joan Whitson, Early Literacy Coordinator

904-342-2267

jwhitson@elcpsj.org

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PHOTO CAPTION: ELC volunteer reader Peggy Hunter, dressed in a Mother Goose costume, reads a jungle story to children at Castle Brook Academy in St. Augustine.

 

Story-Time Programs Hit the Road

PALATKA, Fla., April 19, 2013 – During the months of February through June, child care providers in Putnam and St. Johns Counties are able to sign up to receive a free literacy program from the Early Learning Coalition (ELC).

Joan Whitson, Early Literacy Coordinator of ELC, and a team of volunteers have created four themed programs with activities including music, story time, puppets, crafts and games. Children receive a free book relating to the theme and teachers receive a bagful of books and resources in order to duplicate the programs themselves.

“Volunteers are the key to making these programs work,” said Whitson. “At least three or four volunteers are needed for each program. Twenty-three programs have been scheduled, which creates the need for a lot of volunteer time. Many of our volunteers are retired teachers, who love the change to still stay engaged with children.”

Along with these special programs, many of these same volunteers are weekly-reading pals in local child centers in Putnam and St. Johns Counties.

To volunteer, please contact Joan Whitson at jwhitson@elcpsj.org or 904-342-2267. To learn more about early literacy, visit www.elcpsj.org.

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