Early Learning Coalition of North Florida Holds Ocean Program at the Kids in Action Learning Center in Palatka



Contact: Joan Whitson, Early Learning Literacy Coordinator, 

Early Learning Coalition of North Florida, Inc. 

Email: [email protected]  

Phone: 904-342-2267



Early Learning Coalition of North Florida Volunteer Robin Robinson, Outreach Assistant Sue Murphy, and the teachers and students from the Kids In Action Learning Center in Palatka learning about the ocean on July 22, 2021.

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Early Learning Coalition of North Florida Holds Ocean Program at the Kids in Action Learning Center in Palatka

PALATKA, Fla., July 23, 2021 – On July 22, the Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of North Florida’s outreach team organized an ocean-themed literacy program at the Kids in Action Learning Center in Palatka. This early education program teaches kids all about the ocean and the many creatures that reside in it.

The kids explored ocean-related questions such as “What makes sand?”, “What are the layers of the ocean?” and “Which creatures live in each layer?”, along with supporting facts about numerous ocean creatures. For example, “Do you know how many brains an octopus has?” Answer is: Nine. One in each tentacle and one in their head. 

Through fun books and activities, the ELC outreach team makes the ocean come to life.  The children made their own ocean in a bottle, painted sea shell creatures and made sand necklaces. Each child received a free book called “Ocean Creatures” published by Scholastic and the school received a large bag of teaching resources to further teach the ocean unit. The ELC outreach team consists of paid staff plus a team of volunteers. 

The ELC of North Florida is looking for more volunteers to help with its themed literacy programs and its volunteer reading program. Volunteer readers read to preschool children on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Training is provided. Contact Joan Whitson, Outreach Manager for more information about volunteering at:  [email protected] or 904-342-2267 ext. 202.  

The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida’s website, Facebook and YouTube pages have up-to-date resources for providers and parents, in addition to their child care services, school readiness services and VPK programs. Please visit their website at www.elcnorthflorida.org; Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/elcnorthflorida or YouTube at www.youtube.com/elcpsj


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Sponsored by the State of Florida, Division of Early Learning.