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‘Meet The Masters’ Program Brings Famous Art to Putnam Preschools
St. AUGUSTINE, Fla., March 15, 2019 – The famous artist Claude Monet is visiting preschool in Palatka this Spring. This is made possible by The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida’s (ELC) outreach team who teach preschoolers about the arts and influencers during a day of fun activities. Meet the Masters is one of ELC’s many programs which help foster the lives of children from birth through five years of age.
During Meet the Masters, children experience art through different sensory ways. They might wave colored scarves to the music of Beethoven or march with rhythm sticks to Victor Herbert’s “March of the Toys” from the classic Babes in Toyland. With great enthusiasm, an ELC volunteer dresses up like a famous artist such as Seurat, Monet or Matisse to talk about their character in a French accent.
When the artist is Seurat, famous for pointillism, the book “The Dot” is read about a girl who thinks she cannot draw until she discovers how making dots can turn into artwork. Each child is then given the book “The Dot” as a gift to take home.
Children then get a chance to create art for themselves. While learning about Rodin, they will make their own sculptures. Or they try their hand at painting in different styles and subjects. Perhaps they will create dot paintings like Seurat, water lily paintings like Monet, sunflowers like Van Gough or a try a collage-technique to represent Matisse.
Exposing children to the arts at a young age is very important to building their creativity. Learning to paint or play an instrument builds confidence – an important component to early child development.
The ELC outreach team regularly puts on themed literacy programs in local child care centers and preschool classrooms. The goal of these programs is to expose children to quality literature and to teach important topics that children need to learn. For more information about being a volunteer with these programs, contact Joan Whitson, Early Literacy Outreach Manager at 904-342-2267 ext. 202 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Additionally, the ELC of North Florida provides child care assistance to families who meet certain income requirements and who are working or going back to school. This school readiness program is designed to increase a child’s chance of achieving future educational success. The ELC also administers and manages Florida’s FREE VPK (voluntary pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds).
For more information about the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida and its other programs and services, please visit, www.elcnorthflorida.org or call 904-342-2267.
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The Cat in the Hat is on the Loose in North Florida for Early Literacy
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., March 14, 2019 – Watch out! The Cat in the Hat is on the loose in North Florida during the month of March. In celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March 2, the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida (ELC) held a drawing at its Annual Early Educators Conference for several of its counties’ child care centers and preschools to receive a Dr. Seuss program in their school. The program, put on by ELC staff and volunteers, consists of a story time with special guest “The Cat in the Hat” followed by various activities relating to Dr. Seuss books. Each child received a free copy of the book “Ten Apples Up on Top”. Teachers received a resource bag filled with a set of eight Dr. Seuss books and other related teaching materials.
This year’s winners include: A Child’s Castle in Palatka, Orange Park Methodist Preschool, First Class Learning Center in Orange Park, Brighton Day Academy and Memorial Lutheran Preschool in St. Augustine.
“Promoting early literacy is a priority mission for us at the Early Learning Coalition” says Joan Whitson, ELC’s Literacy Outreach Manager. “Getting children excited about books and making sure that all children have them can make all the difference in their success in school all during their lives.”
The ELC of North Florida provides child care assistance to families who meet certain income requirements and who are working or going back to school. This school readiness program is designed to increase a child’s chance of achieving future educational success. The ELC also administers and manages Florida’s FREE VPK (voluntary pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds). To learn more, visit: www.elcnorthflorida.org for more information.
For more information about the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida and its programs and services, please visit, www.elcnorthflorida.org or call 904-342-2267.
Image/Caption: St. Johns County
VPK kids at Memorial Lutheran Preschool in St. Augustine holding their books given to them by “The Cat in the Cat” and the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida outreach team.
Image/Caption: Clay County/North Florida
VPK kids at First Class Learning Center in Orange Park holding their books given to them by “The Cat in the Hat” and the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida outreach team.
Images (2)/Caption: Putnam County
The Cat in the Hat and Early Learning Coalition of North Florida volunteer Helen Miur sharing hugs with children at A Child’s Castle Learning Center in Palatka.
Early Learning Coalition of North Florida volunteer Ginny Levito having fun with the book Ten Apples Up on Top seeing how many apples the children can balance on their head at A Child’s Castle Learning Center in Palatka.
ELC Awards School Readiness and VPK Services. Open link here or read below.
Download: RFP School Readiness & VPK (PDF)
Download: “Draft” Primary Services Contract (PDF)
Download: Form A: Budget (Excel)
Download: Form B: Staffing (Excel)
Download: OEL Grant Agreement (PDF)
Download: Amendment 1 (PDF)
Initial Procurement Meeting Agenda: Agenda (PDF)
The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida, Inc. is requesting proposals for School Readiness and Voluntary Prekindergarten services in Baker, Bradford, Clay, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns Counties. The potential contractor will be responsible for coordinating and delivering School Readiness services to children birth through 12 years of age and Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) services for four year old children in fiscal year 2019/2020. Services include Child Care Resource and Referral, Inclusion, Quality Support Services, Eligibility and Enrollment, and Fiscal Administration. Full announcement here: https://elcnorthflorida.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/RFP-advertisement-113018.pdf