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[NEWS RELEASE] ELC of North Florida Announces Book Video Contest Winner

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[RELEASE] PNC Foundation Awards $400K Grant to Support 16 Florida ELCs to Launch “Any Time is 3TS Time” Campaign

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PNC FOUNDATION AWARDS $400K GRANT TO SUPPORT 16 FLORIDA EARLY LEARNING COALITIONS TO LAUNCH “ANY TIME IS 3TS TIME” CAMPAIGN

Free, bilingual resources will empower hundreds of parents statewide

to advance brain development for children birth to age three

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 24, 2020 – The PNC Foundation has awarded a $400,000 grant to the Florida Association of Early Learning Coalitions, benefiting 16 Early Learning Coalitions across the state to launch the “Any Time is 3Ts Time” campaign. Created by the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health at the University of Chicago, the campaign is designed to empower parents with knowledge and skills to foster the early cognitive and socio-emotional development of their infants and toddlers. “Any Time is 3Ts Time” is supported by the PNC Foundation in collaboration with PNC Grow Up Great®, a bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. Research shows that the more adults talk and interact with kids right from the start, the stronger kids’ brains grow.   

(Read more below or download full release here.)

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Governor DeSantis’ Lifts Child Care Restrictions

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Please see Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-131 that lifts restrictions on child care programs and allows summer camps and youth programs to become operational effective as of May 22, 2020.

As a result of the Executive Order, please see the following updates on capacity and group sizes for all registered and licensed child care providers:

  1. Are there limitations on capacity? Only limitations on capacity as licensed. Providers are encouraged to consider recommendations for group sizes and social distancing measures issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  2. Are there limitations on group sizes? No; however, the CDC recommends that group sizes remain small and that there be no mixing of one group with another group.

For licensing ratios, the Office of Child Care Regulation or the local licensing agency, will continue to monitor and cite for any violations.

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Executive Order 20-131

T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Announcement

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Our world is currently facing challenges that we haven’t seen in our lifetime. As the number of individuals staying home increases to safeguard the health and well-being of our families and communities, many of us are searching for new ways to be productive. With the help of the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship program, you can do just that!

We invite you to take advantage of a great opportunity to advance your professional development by taking college-credit classes and earning credentials in early childhood education.

Did you know that T.E.A.C.H. works with a number of colleges and training institutions throughout Florida that offer online classes? You can earn a credential or take a college class or two from the comforts of your own home. Visit www.teach-fl.com to apply for a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship today.

We are currently accepting applications for the summer and fall semesters. Not sure where or how to start? T.E.A.C.H. provides a convenient and easy to use way to search for eligible colleges and training institutions through its ECE Training Directory.

You can filter your searches within the ECE Training Directory by school and scholarship type. You can also select to limit your view to only online programs.

Please contact us at 1-877-FLTEACH (877-358-3224) with your questions. Our T.E.A.C.H. Program Specialists and Counselors are here to help.

Keep yourselves and loved ones safe during this time!

Web: www.teach-fl.com
Phone: 877-FLTEACH (877-358-3224)
Email: teachquestions@thechildrensforum.com

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Sponsorship by the State of Florida, Office of Early Learning.

Early Learning Coalition of North Florida

ELC Recognizes Leaps & Bounds Preschool for Going the Extra Mile

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ELC would like to recognize Leaps & Bounds Preschool for all the extra care they give to their students right now.

❤️ Providers are taping VPK lessons and sharing the YouTube videos with their parents for the children that are staying at home.

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💙 They are making pick-up packets of work to go along with the VPK lessons.

💛 They are making and sending snack & meals with students who leave early for the day.

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❤️ They are providing care for about 30 kids a day.

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Libbie from Leaps & Bounds expressed how appreciative they are for funding right now for school readiness and VPK and are doing everything they can to keep moving forward.

Thank you for caring for our community because you, like many of the parents you serve are “essential”!

#Covid19UnsungHeroes #ELCsTakeAction

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

Early Learning Coalition of North Florida

ELC Recognizes Sugar N’ Spice Preschool for Amazing Work

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ELC would like to recognize Sugar N’ Spice Preschool for all the amazing things they are doing for students right now.

 

❤️ They have we have created distance learning packets for toddler – VPK students and update them with new materials every two weeks.

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💙 They are working with parents, teachers and administrators to help their elementary/school-aged students with their distance learning by creating a “computer lab” and a schedule so that each student gets to visit the “lab” twice a day as well as use the computer center during free time.

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💛 To help parents and students with this new learning adventure, they have also created school-aged packets for kindergarten to 6th grade students with supplemental learning materials, all while still giving them opportunities for brain breaks that include; art, science, outside time and cooking projects.

❤️ They are servicing 80- 100 students of “essential” workers while following our state and local officials guidance concerning group size, morning health/fever checks, escorting students to and from their classrooms and frequent sanitizing of classrooms and common areas.

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Angie from Sugar N’ Spice says “It is my hope that we can be a service and show God’s Love to our families and community whether or not their students are here at school or at home. In the end we are all doing our best.”

Thank you for caring for our community because you, like many of the parents you serve are “essential”!

#Covid19UnsungHeroes #ELCsTakeAction

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

Early Learning Coalition of North Florida

Math & Stem Resources Available for Parents

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The Office of Early Learning has shared their Math & Stem Resources for Parents. Enjoy!

Click here to download Math & Stem Resources from the State of Florida’s Office of Early Learning.

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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

 

Family & Literacy Resources for Parents

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The Office Of Early Learning has shared tons of Early Literacy and Parent Resources from the State of Florida. Enjoy!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FAMILY READING & LITERACY RESOURCES

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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

ELC of North Florida Volunteers Making a Creative Impact

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Image/Caption: Early Learning Coalition of North Florida Volunteer, Erika Bauserman St. Augustine creates videos to connect with preschool children. She is standing in front of the Lighthouse in St. Augustine, Fla. #ELCsTakeAction #Covid19UnsungHeroes

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Photo Link: https://elcnorthflorida.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/lighthouse_erika.jpeg

 

ELC of North Florida Volunteers Making a Creative Impact

 

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., April 14, 2020 – Since preschool and child care centers are following CDC safety recommendations, volunteers are no longer admitted in local preschools for reading time. However, Early Learning Coalition of North Florida (ELC) literacy volunteers are finding creative ways to still stay in touch with the children they have been reading to all year. 

One of the creative ways volunteers are still giving back is through the use of digital communication, shared with the preschools. For instance, Volunteer Margo Locke who reads weekly at “A Fun Place to Be” in Northern St. Augustine is reading to children through Facebook videos. The teachers say it is reassuring for the children to see familiar faces like their reading volunteer and to keep to their normal routines as much as possible.  

ELC volunteer Erika Bauserman of St. Augustine, who reads at Brighton Day Academy is now making videos to share with the children. Her first video is called “Where in St. Augustine Am I?” Bauserman traveled around St. Augustine and took pictures of local landmarks giving short facts about each one. Her latest video is called “Compound Words Around Town.” She filmed items that are compound words like, butterfly, flowerpot, motorcycle and woodpecker.  

“The children love the videos and keep asking for more,” said Miss Donna, Brighton’s three and four-year old teacher.

“I miss seeing my kids so much and I want to stay in touch while at the same time teaching them something,” said Bauserman. 

Bauserman’s videos can be viewed at the ELC’s North Florida YouTube playlists page where their early education videos are featured.  https://www.youtube.com/user/ELCPSJ/playlists

It is challenging right now for child care centers and preschools to stay open (See state of child care article: https://elcnorthflorida.org/news-release-florida-governor-deems-child-care-as-an-essential-business-state-of-child-care-services-in-north-florida-during-the-coronavirus/) but it is necessary because they are serving the children of our essential workers and first responders. 

The North Florida coalition is so proud of it’s many volunteers who give of their time so freely to help our youngest citizens according to Literacy Outreach Manager Joan Whitson.  

For more information about volunteering with the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida contact Early Literacy Outreach Manager Joan Whitson at:  jwhitson@elcnorthflorida.org. The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida’s website and facebook page has up-to-date resources for providers and parents in addition to their child care services, school readiness services and VPK programs. Please visit online at www.elcnorthflorida.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/elcnorthflorida.

www.elcnorthflorida.org #ELCsTakeAction #Covid19UnsungHeroes

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FREE Digital Learning Resource for Kids 0-8

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Episcopal Children’s Services and ELC of North Florida is pleased to offer you a free digital learning resource for your children ages 0-8 years old. The books, games and activities on Footsteps2Brilliance will keep your children engaged and actively learning while they are at home during school closures.

Please follow these steps to activate your complimentary license for your family.

• Footsteps2Brilliance can be used on any device you have including your smartphone, tablet or computer

• Go to www.myf2b.com/register/ecs4kids90 on any device/browser

• Go to the app store for your mobile device and download the Footsteps2Brilliance app

• When asked to register, just go through the steps on the screen, available in English and Spanish

• You will receive an email with your user name and instructions to set a password The program resources will need to be downloaded while still on WIFI. If space is limited on the device, a single level can be loaded at a time and later removed to free up space.

All data about your child’s activities will still be available. Once downloaded all the resources can be used without WIFI or cell service. Kids can continue to learn anytime! In addition, you can go to www.footsteps2brilliance.com/schoolclosures to get monthly reading and writing game boards to do with your child. #ELCsTakeAction

 

Early Learning Coalition of North Florida