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2023 Teachers of the Year Winners

2023 Teachers of the Year Winners

Whether exceptional teachers are born or made is not the question. What matters is that by the time they make it into the classroom, they are filled with the passion, drive, education and genuine...

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2023 Teachers of the Year Winners

2023 Teachers of the Year Winners

Whether exceptional teachers are born or made is not the question. What matters is that by the time they make it into the classroom, they are filled...

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2023 Teachers of the Year Winners

2023 Teachers of the Year Winners

Whether exceptional teachers are born or made is not the question. What matters is that by the time they make...
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Take Steps to Learn About the  Florida Assessment for Student Thinking (FAST)

Take Steps to Learn About the Florida Assessment for Student Thinking (FAST)

From this month's Parents' Pages: "Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) providers use the coordinated screening and progress monitoring system, a statewide standardized...
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What’s the difference between Head Start & School Readiness?

What’s the difference between Head Start & School Readiness?

From this month's Parents' Pages: "Both Florida’s School Readiness (SR) program and Head Start (HS) serve income-eligible families and encourage...
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Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month

From this month's Parents' Pages: "Black History Month is celebrated in February in honor of the achievements and contributions of...
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Reading with Pointers: A Celebrate Literacy Week Activity

Reading with Pointers: A Celebrate Literacy Week Activity

Celebrate Literacy Week is an annual event to raise awareness about the importance of reading and to inspire Florida's students...
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Literacy Simon Says: A Celebrate Literacy Week Activity

Literacy Simon Says: A Celebrate Literacy Week Activity

Celebrate Literacy Week is an annual event to raise awareness about the importance of reading and to inspire Florida's students...
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The Little Caterpillar: A Celebrate Literacy Week Activity

The Little Caterpillar: A Celebrate Literacy Week Activity

Celebrate Literacy Week is an annual event to raise awareness about the importance of reading and to inspire Florida’s students...
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Butterfly Life Cycle: A Celebrate Literacy Week Activity

Butterfly Life Cycle: A Celebrate Literacy Week Activity

Celebrate Literacy Week is an annual event to raise awareness about the importance of reading and to inspire Florida's students...
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Registration is Open for Early Educators Conference

Registration is Open for Early Educators Conference

Every year, the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida hosts a teacher conference to provide support to providers in the...
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ELC at Amazing Grace Family Farms

ELC at Amazing Grace Family Farms

Early Learning Coalition of North Florida recently spent October 10th & 17th at Amazing Grace Family Farms in Green Cove...
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Mother Goose Story Time

Mother Goose Story Time

ELC volunteer Sandy Dunnavant and her team of Woman’s Club members from Green Cove Springs were at the ECS Head...
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Save More When You Enroll Now with Florida Prepaid

Save More When You Enroll Now with Florida Prepaid

As your family settles into the first semester of this school year -- juggling new routines, afterschool schedules and homework...
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Florida Prepaid Helps Make Saving for College Simple and Affordable

Florida Prepaid Helps Make Saving for College Simple and Affordable

Florida Prepaid helps make saving for college simple and affordable. Click here to learn more.    From the Florida Prepaid...
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Join Florida Prepaid Webinar (FREE!) in English or Spanish

Join Florida Prepaid Webinar (FREE!) in English or Spanish

Join us as we chat with Paul Roldan, Florida father of three and Certified Financial Planner®, about how to make...
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Early Educators Conference 2023 – Save the Date!

Early Educators Conference 2023 – Save the Date!

Date of Conference: Saturday, Feb. 11th, 2023 Location: Thrasher Horne Conference Center, 283 College Drive in Orange Park, FL 32064 Price: $30 and...
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Volunteer Readers Needed in Clay & Putnam County for 2022-2023 School Year

Volunteer Readers Needed in Clay & Putnam County for 2022-2023 School Year

**NOTE:  Volunteers are still needed ONLY for Clay County.** The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida (ELC) is seeking volunteer...
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Board Member Applications Being Accepted Now

Board Member Applications Being Accepted Now

Download: BOARD MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION Interested in becoming a member of the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida? Please download a BOARD...
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ECS Appears on First Coast Living News

ECS Appears on First Coast Living News

Altoria White, from Episcopal Children's Services, recently appeared on First Coast Living to share about the services ECS offers.  They...
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[RELEASE] Early Learning Coalition of North Florida Organizes Air and Wind Science Program

[RELEASE] Early Learning Coalition of North Florida Organizes Air and Wind Science Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MORE PHOTO LINKS BELOW RELEASE   Early Learning Coalition of North Florida Organizes Air and Wind Science...
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[RELEASE] The Cat in the Hat is on the Loose in North Florida for Early Literacy

[RELEASE] The Cat in the Hat is on the Loose in North Florida for Early Literacy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   PHOTO LINKS BELOW RELEASE   The Cat in the Hat is on the Loose in North...
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[PRESS RELEASE] The Cat in the Hat Visits the Ravine Gardens for Early Literacy

[PRESS RELEASE] The Cat in the Hat Visits the Ravine Gardens for Early Literacy

  CONTACT: Joan Whitson, Early Literacy Coordinator 904-342-2267 [email protected]   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   PHOTO LINKS BELOW RELEASE   The...
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NEWS RELEASE: Early Learning Coalition of North Florida Awards 2021 Teachers of the Year

NEWS RELEASE: Early Learning Coalition of North Florida Awards 2021 Teachers of the Year

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Early Learning Coalition of North Florida Launches Five Senses Program for Children in St. Johns County

Early Learning Coalition of North Florida Launches Five Senses Program for Children in St. Johns County

PRESS RELEASE   Contact: Joan Whitson, Early Learning Literacy Coordinator,  Early Learning Coalition of North Florida, Inc.  Email: [email protected]   Phone:...
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Early Learning Parents’ Pages for Dec 2021

Early Learning Parents’ Pages for Dec 2021

Check out the following resources for parents from the Division of Early Learning for the month of December! Click to...
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Early Learning Coalition of North Florida Organizes Series of Mother Goose Programs in Putnam County

Early Learning Coalition of North Florida Organizes Series of Mother Goose Programs in Putnam County

PRESS RELEASE   Contact: Joan Whitson, Early Learning Literacy Coordinator,  Early Learning Coalition of North Florida, Inc.  Email: [email protected]   Phone:...
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Preschool Teacher of the Year Nominations Now Open

Preschool Teacher of the Year Nominations Now Open

If you are interested in nominating a preschool teacher of the year in our counties, please use the following form:...
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Early Learning Coalition of North Florida Participates in Read for Record Event to Provide Kids with Books

Early Learning Coalition of North Florida Participates in Read for Record Event to Provide Kids with Books

PRESS RELEASE   Contact: Joan Whitson, Early Learning Literacy Coordinator,  Early Learning Coalition of North Florida, Inc.  Email: [email protected]   Phone:...
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Early Learning Coalition of North Florida Hosts Farm Field Trip for Kids at the Amazing Grace Crop Maze

Early Learning Coalition of North Florida Hosts Farm Field Trip for Kids at the Amazing Grace Crop Maze

Contact: Joan Whitson, Early Learning Literacy Coordinator,  Early Learning Coalition of North Florida, Inc.  Email: [email protected]   Phone: 904-342-2267   FOR...
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Sign up today to receive your FREE Read for the Record books! October 7th Deadline.

Sign up today to receive your FREE Read for the Record books! October 7th Deadline.

Sign up today to receive your FREE Read for the Record Books! The deadline is October 7th. Read for the...
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Volunteer Training Sessions Offered in August

Volunteer Training Sessions Offered in August

VOLUNTEER FLYER: https://elcnorthflorida.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/ELC-Volunteer-Recruitment-Flyer_July-2021_FINAL-PDF.pdf Early Learning Coalition Needs Volunteer Readers in Six North Florida Counties Training Sessions Offered in August ORANGE...
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Parents Looking for Childcare Find Help with the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida [NEWS RELEASE]

Parents Looking for Childcare Find Help with the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida [NEWS RELEASE]

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Image/Caption:  Children from God’s Little Creations in Palatka, Fla. is one of many child care centers...
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ELC RFP for School Readiness and VPK Services is Open Now

ELC RFP for School Readiness and VPK Services is Open Now

Please visit our School Readiness and VPK Page August 5 at 8 a.m. https://elcnorthflorida.org/rfp-for-school-readiness-vpk/
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Early Learning Coalition of North Florida Holds Ocean Program at the Kids in Action Learning Center in Palatka

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact: Joan Whitson, Early Learning Literacy Coordinator,  Early Learning Coalition of North Florida, Inc.  Email: [email protected]  ...
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Early Learning Coalition of North Florida Organizes Bubbles Program Throughout St. Johns County

Early Learning Coalition of North Florida Organizes Bubbles Program Throughout St. Johns County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact: Joan Whitson, Early Learning Literacy Coordinator,  Early Learning Coalition of North Florida, Inc.  Email: [email protected]  ...
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ELC Request for Proposal School Readiness and VPK Services

ELC Request for Proposal School Readiness and VPK Services

EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF NORTH FLORIDA, INC. Request for Proposal #ELCNF-22/23-001 School Readiness and Voluntary Prekindergarten Services The Early Learning...
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Early Learning Parents’ Pages for June 2021

Early Learning Parents’ Pages for June 2021

Check out the following resources for parents from the Division of Early Learning for the month of June! Click to...
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May 2021 Volunteer Newsletter

May 2021 Volunteer Newsletter

Check out the Volunteer Newsletter for May! Click to Access the May 2021 Volunteer Newsletter   The Early Learning Coalition...
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[RELEASE] Early Learning Coalition Offers Assistance with Childcare

[RELEASE] Early Learning Coalition Offers Assistance with Childcare

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact:  Teresa Matheny Chief of Programs Episcopal Childrens Services 904-726-1500 Ext. 247  Cell: 904-521-6803 [email protected]...
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[RELEASE] Flora and the Flamingo Return to North Florida to Teach Kids the Importance of Music and Movement

[RELEASE] Flora and the Flamingo Return to North Florida to Teach Kids the Importance of Music and Movement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Image/Caption: Early Learning Coalition of North Florida (ELC) volunteer Melanie Kent (AKA “The Flamingo”) with VPK student...
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The Cat in the Hat is on the Loose in North Florida for Early Literacy

The Cat in the Hat is on the Loose in North Florida for Early Literacy

The Cat in the Hat was on the loose in North Florida during the month of March. In celebration of...
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Ocean Themed Literacy Event at Palatka Preschool is a Splash

Ocean Themed Literacy Event at Palatka Preschool is a Splash

A “splashing” good time was held on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at the Academy of Rising Stars Preschool in Palatka....
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ACF and CDC Work with States to Prioritize School Staff and Child Care Workers for COVID-19 Vaccine

ACF and CDC Work with States to Prioritize School Staff and Child Care Workers for COVID-19 Vaccine

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help...
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Early Learning Parents’ Pages for March 2021

Early Learning Parents’ Pages for March 2021

Check out the following resources for parents from the Division of Early Learning for the month of March! Click to...
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Checklist of 16 Early Signs of Autism

Checklist of 16 Early Signs of Autism

Check out the following Checklist of 16 Early Signs of Autism. Click here to access the document   The Early...
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Early Learning Parents’ Pages for January 2021

Early Learning Parents’ Pages for January 2021

Check out the following resources for parents from the Division of Early Learning for the month of January! Click to...
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[RELEASE] Coalition Announces Infant & Preschool Teachers of the Year Award Winners

[RELEASE] Coalition Announces Infant & Preschool Teachers of the Year Award Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Learning Coalition Announces Infant & Preschool Teachers of the Year Award Winners ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., January 11,...
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Florida Early Childhood Educator Training Stipend Available

Florida Early Childhood Educator Training Stipend Available

The Division of Early Learning is excited to share that Florida Early Childhood Educators are eligible for a $75 stipend...
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Early Educators Conference Registration

Early Educators Conference Registration

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!  This year our conference will be on Saturday, January 16th, 2021. Download Conference Flyer Here Thrasher-Horne...
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[PRESS RELEASE] Children Explore the World of the Ocean Through Palatka Daycare’s Early Literacy Program

[PRESS RELEASE] Children Explore the World of the Ocean Through Palatka Daycare’s Early Literacy Program

PALATKA, Fla., November 30, 2020 - The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida’s (ELC) outreach and volunteer team led an...
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[NEWS RELEASE] Simultaneous Reading Event Held for More Than 6250 Children in Local Counties

[NEWS RELEASE] Simultaneous Reading Event Held for More Than 6250 Children in Local Counties

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., November 9, 2020 - Early Learning Coalition of North Florida (ELC) joined readers across the country on...
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[NEWS RELEASE] ELC of North Florida Announces Book Video Contest Winner

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

ELC of North Florida Announces Book Video Contest Winner Contact: Joan Whitson, Early Learning Literacy Coordinator,  Early Learning Coalition of...
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[RELEASE] PNC Foundation Awards $400K Grant to Support 16 Florida ELCs to Launch “Any Time is 3TS Time” Campaign

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

PNC FOUNDATION AWARDS $400K GRANT TO SUPPORT 16 FLORIDA EARLY LEARNING COALITIONS TO LAUNCH “ANY TIME IS 3TS TIME” CAMPAIGN...
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Governor DeSantis’ Lifts Child Care Restrictions

Governor DeSantis’ Lifts Child Care Restrictions

Please see Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-131 that lifts restrictions on child care programs and allows summer camps and youth...
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T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Announcement

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

Our world is currently facing challenges that we haven’t seen in our lifetime. As the number of individuals staying home...
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ELC Recognizes Leaps & Bounds Preschool for Going the Extra Mile

ELC Recognizes Leaps & Bounds Preschool for Going the Extra Mile

ELC would like to recognize Leaps & Bounds Preschool for all the extra care they give to their students right...
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ELC Recognizes Sugar N’ Spice Preschool for Amazing Work

ELC Recognizes Sugar N’ Spice Preschool for Amazing Work

ELC would like to recognize Sugar N' Spice Preschool for all the amazing things they are doing for students right...
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Math & Stem Resources Available for Parents

Math & Stem Resources Available for Parents

The Division of Early Learning has shared their Math & Stem Resources for Parents. Enjoy! Click here to download Math...
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Family & Literacy Resources for Parents

Family & Literacy Resources for Parents

The Office Of Early Learning has shared tons of Early Literacy and Parent Resources from the State of Florida. Enjoy!...
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ELC of North Florida Volunteers Making a Creative Impact

ELC of North Florida Volunteers Making a Creative Impact

Image/Caption: Early Learning Coalition of North Florida Volunteer, Erika Bauserman St. Augustine creates videos to connect with preschool children. She...
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FREE Digital Learning Resource for Kids 0-8

FREE Digital Learning Resource for Kids 0-8

Episcopal Children’s Services and ELC of North Florida is pleased to offer you a free digital learning resource for your...
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[NEWS RELEASE] Florida Governor Deems Child Care as an Essential Business

[NEWS RELEASE] Florida Governor Deems Child Care as an Essential Business

State of Child Care Services in North Florida During the Coronavirus ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., April 4, 2020 - Despite stay-at-home...
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[APRIL 3 WEBINAR] States’ Response to COVID-19 and Child Care – Part 1

[APRIL 3 WEBINAR] States’ Response to COVID-19 and Child Care – Part 1

Child Care Aware® of America is hosting two upcoming webinars this week to help you understand the latest developments in...
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[APRIL 2 WEBINAR] Learn How to Sustain Your Child Care Program During COVID-19

[APRIL 2 WEBINAR] Learn How to Sustain Your Child Care Program During COVID-19

Child Care Aware® of America is hosting two upcoming webinars this week to help you understand the latest developments in...
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Attention Providers: How to Apply for Emergency Loans for Small Businesses

Attention Providers: How to Apply for Emergency Loans for Small Businesses

Attention Providers: How to Apply for Emergency Loans for Small Businesses Please review the attached FAQs from the U.S. Senate...
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Support for School Readiness and VPK Providers: COVID-19

Support for School Readiness and VPK Providers: COVID-19

Dear SR and VPK Providers: The Department of Education and the Division of Early Learning are committed to providing up-to-date information...
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COVID-19 Emergency Financial Assistance and Loans

COVID-19 Emergency Financial Assistance and Loans

Business Continuity and Recovery: A Message from St. Johns County Chamber Dear Members, As you might know, Governor Ron DeSantis...
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The Cat in the Hat Visits the Ravine Gardens for Early Literacy

The Cat in the Hat Visits the Ravine Gardens for Early Literacy

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Joan Whitson, Early Learning Literacy Coordinator,  Early Learning Coalition of North Florida, Inc.  Email: [email protected]   Phone: 904-342-2267...
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The Cat in the Hat Tours North Florida for Early Literacy

The Cat in the Hat Tours North Florida for Early Literacy

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Joan Whitson, Early Learning Literacy Coordinator,  Early Learning Coalition of North Florida, Inc.  Email: [email protected]   Phone: 904-342-2267...
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ATTENTION PARENTS & CAREGIVERS: MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO

ATTENTION PARENTS & CAREGIVERS: MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO

(Please visit: https://elcnorthflorida.org/covid-19-status-and-resources/ for additional information.) During this time of uncertainty we have expanded our daily cleaning and sanitation efforts...
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Governor DeSantis Announces Florida’s New B.E.S.T. K-12 Standards

Governor DeSantis Announces Florida’s New B.E.S.T. K-12 Standards

For Immediate Release January 24, 2020 Governor DeSantis Announces Florida’s New B.E.S.T. K-12 Standards Naples, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron...
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First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces 8,000 Reading Scholarships Available to Help Students Enhance Skills

First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces 8,000 Reading Scholarships Available to Help Students Enhance Skills

For Immediate Release January 24, 2020 Contact: Governor’s Press Office (850) 717-9282 [email protected] First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces 8,000 Reading...
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St. Augustine Record: Teacher of the Year

St. Augustine Record: Teacher of the Year

Thanks to the St. Augustine Record for announcing our Preschool Teacher of the Year! Read more here: https://www.staugustine.com/news/20200127/education-notebook-brighton-day-academy-teacher-crowned-preschool-teacher-of-year
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ELC of North Florida Announces 2019 Preschool Teacher of the Year

ELC of North Florida Announces 2019 Preschool Teacher of the Year

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Joan Whitson, Early Learning Literacy Coordinator,  Early Learning Coalition of North Florida, Inc.  Email: [email protected]   Phone: 904-342-2267...
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PARENTS’ PAGES – January 2020

PARENTS’ PAGES – January 2020

The January issue of Parents’ Pages, a newsletter for families, is available on OEL’s website and below as an insert/attachment....
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PARENTS’ PAGES – Winter 2019

PARENTS’ PAGES – Winter 2019

The December issue of Parents’ Pages, a newsletter for families, is available on OEL’s website and below as an insert/attachment. ...
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VOLUNTEER NEWSLETTER – December 2019

VOLUNTEER NEWSLETTER – December 2019

WINTER 2019 VOLUNTEER NEWSLETTER   (This is the text version of our newsletter sent to our volunteers. Contact [email protected] to...
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VROOM app brings parents and kids together to play

VROOM app brings parents and kids together to play

We are excited about the VROOM app! It's free for parents to find fun ways to connect with their kids....
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Family Engagement Month is November – Activities for Your Family

Family Engagement Month is November – Activities for Your Family

November is Family Engagement Month Join us as we celebrate families and encourage families to be engaged in their child's...
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[RELEASE] Early Learning Coalition of North Florida and Amazing Grace Crop Maze Host Literacy Event

[RELEASE] Early Learning Coalition of North Florida and Amazing Grace Crop Maze Host Literacy Event

PRESS RELEASE   Contact: Joan Whitson, Early Literacy Outreach Manager Email: [email protected] Phone: (904) 342-2267   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  ...
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Flora and the Flamingo Make Their Debut in North Florida

Flora and the Flamingo Make Their Debut in North Florida

The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida’s (ELC) outreach team debuted their new music and movement literacy program in pre-schools...
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Ocean Themed Literacy Program Makes a Big Splash with Local Children

Ocean Themed Literacy Program Makes a Big Splash with Local Children

Over the summer the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida's (ELC) outreach team is holding a series of ocean themed...
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Helping Hands Newsletter – July Edition

Helping Hands Newsletter – July Edition

Enjoy the Helping Hands Newsletter for July! Look for local updates and fun family ideas for the summer. Please note,...
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Free Books for Children at St. Augustine Day Care

Free Books for Children at St. Augustine Day Care

PRESS RELEASE   Contact: Joan Whitson, Early Learning Literacy Coordinator, Early Learning Coalition of North Florida, Inc. Email: [email protected]  ...
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Helping Hands Newsletter is Out for June!

Helping Hands Newsletter is Out for June!

Scroll below to read our Helping Hands Newsletter for June!   Or download here.      [gview file="https://elcnorthflorida.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/June-2019-HH-Newsletter.pdf"]
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ELC’s 2019 Legislative Priority Statement

ELC’s 2019 Legislative Priority Statement

Our legislative priority is to maximize early learning investments through implementation of professionally accepted quality standards, pay for perormance and...
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National Provider Appreciation Day is May 10

National Provider Appreciation Day is May 10

Provider Appreciation Day is May 10. Please visit our Facebook page to nominate a provider:  Rules on Facebook: 1. Like...
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Helping Hands Newsletter for School Readiness Providers – May Edition

Helping Hands Newsletter for School Readiness Providers – May Edition

Read the latest newsletter from ECS for School Readiness Providers. New ELC events and child care tips are inside! Download...
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April Parents’ Pages is Here: Week of the Child and more….

April Parents’ Pages is Here: Week of the Child and more….

In This Issue:  Week of the Young Child; Child Abuse Prevention Month; Autism and Milestones; Special Dates in May Read...
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Be A Hero: Volunteer For Others And Yourself [SPRING NEWSLETTER]

Be A Hero: Volunteer For Others And Yourself [SPRING NEWSLETTER]

Spring 2019 Newsletter: Click to read online. -- Sponsorship by the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida and the state of...
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‘Meet The Masters’ Program Brings Famous Art to Putnam Preschools

‘Meet The Masters’ Program Brings Famous Art to Putnam Preschools

‘Meet The Masters’ Program Brings Famous Art to Putnam Preschools St. AUGUSTINE, Fla., March 15, 2019 - The famous artist...
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The Cat in the Hat is on the Loose in North Florida for Early Literacy

The Cat in the Hat is on the Loose in North Florida for Early Literacy

MEDIA: PLEASE SEE IMAGE LINKS AND CAPTIONS BELOW RELEASE FOR YOUR PARTICULAR COUNTY The Cat in the Hat is on...
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ELC Awards School Readiness and VPK Services

ELC Awards School Readiness and VPK Services

      ELC Awards School Readiness and VPK Services. Open link here or read below. [gview file="https://elcnorthflorida.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/RFP_Award_Notice_031419.pdf"] Download: RFP...
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March’s Parents’ Pages has great tips for you

March’s Parents’ Pages has great tips for you

Read this month's Division of Early Learning's Parents' Pages and learn about:  Key to Early Literacy  Children’s Week...
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Parents Pages Newsletter – How to Please a Picky Eater…. and more!

Parents Pages Newsletter – How to Please a Picky Eater…. and more!

February's Issue of Parent's Pages Includes tips for pleasing picky eaters, how to develop spatial skills, start talking STEM early...
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2018 Teacher of the Year Announced

2018 Teacher of the Year Announced

Congratulations to Angie Pickett, Sugar and Spice Preschool in Orange Park, Florida, named 2018 Teacher of the Year by the...
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January Parents’ Pages Now Online!

January Parents’ Pages Now Online!

Division of Early Learning Parents' Pages features articles this month about having a new baby, flu prevention, play at school...
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Registration Open for Early Educators Conference 2019!

Registration Open for Early Educators Conference 2019!

Saturday, January 26th, 2018 -  9:00 a.m.  - 3:15 p.m. Register on EVENTBRITE by clicking here. Thrasher Horne Center in...
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December Parents’ Pages Now Online!

December Parents’ Pages Now Online!

Division of Early Learning Parents' Pages features articles this month about having Less Stress and More Fun, Teaching Math Concepts,...
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Early Learning Coalition Needs Volunteer Readers for Clay County Reading Pals Program

Early Learning Coalition Needs Volunteer Readers for Clay County Reading Pals Program

Early Learning Coalition Needs Volunteer Readers for Clay County Reading Pals Program ORANGE PARK, Fla., November 20, 2018-  The Early...
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Early Learning Coalition of North Florida and Amazing Grace Crop Maze Host Literacy Event

Early Learning Coalition of North Florida and Amazing Grace Crop Maze Host Literacy Event

    PRESS RELEASE Early Learning Coalition of North Florida and Amazing Grace Crop Maze Host Literacy Event GREEN COVE...
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[NEWS RELEASE] Simultaneous Reading Event Held for More Than 6500 Children in Local Counties

[NEWS RELEASE] Simultaneous Reading Event Held for More Than 6500 Children in Local Counties

                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Simultaneous Reading Event Held for More Than 6500...
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Read for the Record 2018: Maybe Something Beautiful

Read for the Record 2018: Maybe Something Beautiful

Read for the Record, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, is the annual event when millions of individuals come...
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[NEWS RELEASE] Early Learning Coalition’s Established Volunteer Program Makes Impact on Children’s Development

[NEWS RELEASE] Early Learning Coalition’s Established Volunteer Program Makes Impact on Children’s Development

  ORANGE PARK,  Fla., May 21, 2018 – Impacting thousands of preschoolers in six area counties, the Early Learning Coalition...
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Toddler Fest is Here!

Toddler Fest is Here!

Join us June 2, 2018 at the Palatka Library for this free event with more than 20 organizations, including the...
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Early Learning Coalition of North Florida Celebrates Read Across America with Dr. Seuss

Early Learning Coalition of North Florida Celebrates Read Across America with Dr. Seuss

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - March 18, 2018 - In celebration of Read Across America Week, Literacy Month and Dr. Seuss’s...
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Meet the Masters Program Featured

Meet the Masters Program Featured

Please enjoy this edition of St. Johns County's Superintendent Spotlight featuring our Meet the Masters Program. http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/blog/superintendent-spotlight-february-2018/  
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The ELC of North Florida Hosts Reading Pal Conference

The ELC of North Florida Hosts Reading Pal Conference

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., September 29, 2017 - The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida (ELC) hosted a conference for their...
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Early Learning Coalition’s Established Volunteer Program Makes Impact on Children’s Development

Early Learning Coalition’s Established Volunteer Program Makes Impact on Children’s Development

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., July 13, 2017 – Impacting thousands of preschoolers in six area counties, the Early Learning Coalition of...
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ELC Presents New Preschool Arts Program

ELC Presents New Preschool Arts Program

Click here to download a printable PDF version.
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Meet the Masters Preschool Arts Program

Meet the Masters Preschool Arts Program

Early Learning Coalition Presents New Preschool Arts Program ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., May 25, 2017 - The Early Learning Coalition of...
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Governor Scott Proclaims May 12 Provider Appreciation Day

Governor Scott Proclaims May 12 Provider Appreciation Day

Read the entire proclamation below. [gview file="https://elcnorthflorida.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Provider-Appreciation-Day.pdf"] About the Early Learning Coalition: The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida (ELC) serves the...
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Early Learning Coalition Implements Innovative Reading Program

Early Learning Coalition Implements Innovative Reading Program

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., April 27, 2017 - The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida (ELC) recently developed a successful reading...
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Spreading the Gift of Reading

Spreading the Gift of Reading

By Dianne Battle, St. Johns CARES In his book, "I Can Read with My Eyes Shut," Dr. Seuss' Cat in...
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Worms! We dig this activity.

Worms! We dig this activity.

We dig this activity! Made by volunteer Erika Bauserman who is a reading pal at Brandts Child care in St....
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The Cat in the Hat Visits Sugar N Spice Daycare Center

The Cat in the Hat Visits Sugar N Spice Daycare Center

Clay County's own Sugar N Spice daycare center enjoyed a special story-time from the Cat in the Hat and volunteer...
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[PRESS RELEASE] ELC Hosts Week of Early Literacy Featuring Dr. Seuss

[PRESS RELEASE] ELC Hosts Week of Early Literacy Featuring Dr. Seuss

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., March 13, 2017 – Every year, the Early Learning coalition of North Florida (ELC) celebrate Dr. Seuss’...
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ELC Names Preschool Teacher of the Year 2016

ELC Names Preschool Teacher of the Year 2016

    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., February 3, 2017 – Early Learning Coalition of North Florida (ELC) has selected 2016’s “Preschool...
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[PRESS RELEASE] Local Coalition’s Book Bag Project Seeks Volunteers

[PRESS RELEASE] Local Coalition’s Book Bag Project Seeks Volunteers

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., December 8, 2016 - Every fall and spring season, the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida (ELC)...
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ELC 2016 Fall Newsletter

ELC 2016 Fall Newsletter

 
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[PRESS RELEASE] Nassau Nonprofits Partner to Provide Preschoolers New Books

[PRESS RELEASE] Nassau Nonprofits Partner to Provide Preschoolers New Books

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Dates for ELC Days at Sykes Farms and Amazing Grace Crop Maze (October 2016)

Dates for ELC Days at Sykes Farms and Amazing Grace Crop Maze (October 2016)

ELC early literacy events for October 2016 are described below! At both events, all children in attendance will receive a FREE...
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[PRESS RELEASE] TD Charitable Foundation Supports the ELC North Fla. with Donation

[PRESS RELEASE] TD Charitable Foundation Supports the ELC North Fla. with Donation

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Joan Whitson, Early Literacy Coordinator, Early Learning Coalition of North Florida TD Charitable Foundation Supports...
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[WJCT NEWS] Wanted: Reading Pals to Make Books Come Alive

[WJCT NEWS] Wanted: Reading Pals to Make Books Come Alive

    With a new school year just weeks away, North Florida’s Reading Pals are seeking volunteers to help introduce...
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[ST. AUGUSTINE RECORD] Can You Help Open A Child’s Mind?

[ST. AUGUSTINE RECORD] Can You Help Open A Child’s Mind?

We here at The Record have an admittedly vested interest in folks who read. So, with that disclaimer aside, we’d...
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[PRESS RELEASE] Volunteer “Reading Pals” Program Brings Lasting Benefits to Local Children

[PRESS RELEASE] Volunteer “Reading Pals” Program Brings Lasting Benefits to Local Children

Volunteer "Reading Pals" Program Brings Lasting Benefits to Local Children The advantages to reading to children from ages birth through...
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ELC Teams Up with Local Childcare Centers for Read Across America Event

ELC Teams Up with Local Childcare Centers for Read Across America Event

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., March 2, 2016- Students in the North Florida region joined millions of their peers across the country...
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ELC Hosts Ninth Annual Reading with Ronald McDonald Event

ELC Hosts Ninth Annual Reading with Ronald McDonald Event

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., March 2, 2016- Throughout February of  2016, the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida (ELC) and Episcopal Children’s...
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[PRESS RELEASE] Coalition Hosts Third Annual Early Educators Conference

[PRESS RELEASE] Coalition Hosts Third Annual Early Educators Conference

ORANGE PARK, Fla., Feb. 1, 2016- The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida (ELC) hosted its third-annual Early Educators Conference...
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Celebrate Florida Literacy Week!

Celebrate Florida Literacy Week!

Participate in the State Wide Simultaneous Reading Day Event Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Join thousands around the state in reading...
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More than 5,000 Local Children Read for the Record at Learning Coalition’s Literacy Event

More than 5,000 Local Children Read for the Record at Learning Coaltion's Literacy Event PALATKA, Fla., October 23, 1015- During...
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[PRESS RELEASE] ELC and Amazing Grace Crop Maze Create Early Literacy Event

ELC and Amazing Grace Crop Maze Create Early Literacy Event   GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla., October 28, 2015- On October...
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[PRESS RELEASE] ELC and Sykes Farm Continue Annual Early Literacy Event

  ELC and Sykes Farm Continue Annual Early Literacy Event   ELKTON, Fla., October 16, 2015- The Early Learning Coalition of...
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Read for the Record Date Set for October 22, 2015

Read for the Record Date Set for October 22, 2015 Read for the Record, presented in partnership with the Pearson...
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TD Bank Supports ELC with Donation

       
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[PRESS RELEASE] ELC Seeks Volunteer Readers for Reading Pals Program

  ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., August 13, 2015- The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida (ELC) and the Retired Senior Volunteer...
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[PRESS RELEASE] ELC Summer Reading Conference Seeks Volunteers

  ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., August 5, 2015- The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida (ELC) held its first summer reading...
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Summer Reading Conference

This session will take a look at early childhood development and how it relates to literacy success. We will identify...
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[PRESS RELEASE] Landon Homes Provides Book Donations to Promote Early Literacy

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., April 29, 2015- At a luncheon held on April 27, 2015, home-builder Landon Homes presented the Early Learning...
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St. Augustine Record Article: Conference Takes Early Learning as Theme

A special thanks to The Record's Article about ELC's Annual Conference! Click the link below to read the full article:...
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Announcement: Dr. Seuss Week Winners

During our conference, we held a drawing for five centers to win a program where ELC staff and volunteers come...
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St. Augustine Record Article: Preschool Teachers in Six Counties Receive Recognition

A special thank you to the Record! Click here for full article.
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St. Augustine Record’s Article- Book Bags Make Their Way to Local Children

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[PRESS RELEASE] ELC Presents Preschool Teacher of the Year Awards

  Early Learning Coalition of North Florida 2450 Old Moultrie Road, Suite 103, St. Augustine, FL  32086 CONTACT: Joan Whitson,...
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St. Augustine Record’s Article- ELC Book Bag Project

    Thank you to the St. Augustine Record for featuring our Book Bag Project in their Living Sunday Life...
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[PRESS RELEASE] ELC Delivers Annual Book Bag Project to County Preschools

ST.AUGUSTINE, Fla., December 15, 2014- The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida (ELC) has once again begun delivering more than...
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Second Annual ELC Day at Sykes Farm

  ELC Day at Sykes Farm in Elkton   ELKTON, Fla., October 16, 2014- The Early Learning Coalition of North...
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[PRESS RELEASE] Successful Reading Program Seeks Volunteers in Clay County

ORANGE PARK, Fla., August 18, 2014 - The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida (ELC) is expanding its volunteer reading...
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Boots & Bling- The Kiwanis Gala to Benefit ELC Will be Held September 20th

The Kiwanis Club of St. Augustine are hosting an event that benefits ELC and our literacy programs. The event will...
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Volunteer Spotlight: Robin Robinson

Thank you to the Palatka Daily News for featuring Robin Robinson as the volunteer spotlight. April 19, 2014 Click on...
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ELC Article About VPK in St. Johns Parent Magazine

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Palatka Daily News: Putnam Provider’s Shares Value of VPK

       
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St. Johns Parent Magazine’s Article: “Read Across America”

The March edition of St. Johns Parent magazine featured "Read Across America," a week-long event ELC promotes annually. Click here to...
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[PRESS RELEASE] Reading With Ronald Helps Early Learning Coalition of North Florida

Reading With Ronald Helps Early Learning Coalition of North Florida Promote Early Literacy  ST.AUGUSTINE, Fla., March 26, 2014 – The...
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ELC Day Highlighted in November’s Early Learning Update

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Special to Palatka Daily News-Read for the Record 2013

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Early Childhood Education Remains Top Priority for American Voters

Early Childhood Education Remains Top Priority for American Voters   ST.AUGUSTINE, Fla., August 15, 2013 – Early childhood education still...
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Special to the St. Augustine Record: ELC’s Toddler Fest

Toddler Fest Friday at Anastasia Library Posted: June 23, 2013 - 12:00am Erica Bauserman and Elmo read to a group of...
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Six Early Literacy Skills Article Featured in Palatka Daily News

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

  CONTACT: Joan Whitson, Early Literacy Coordinator 904-342-2267 [email protected] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PHOTO CAPTION: Erica Bauserman and ELMO reading to...
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Palatka Daily News Recently Featured Story Time Programs

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[PRESS RELEASE] Story Time Programs Hit the Road

  CONTACT: Joan Whitson, Early Literacy Coordinator 904-342-2267 [email protected] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PHOTO CAPTION: ELC volunteer reader Peggy Hunter, dressed...
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[PRESS RELEASE] Local Child Care Centers Revved Up Their Engines During Literacy Week

  CONTACT: Joan Whitson, Early Literacy Coordinator 904-342-2267 [email protected] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PHOTO CAPTION: The VPK class at Family Partners...
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Volunteer Spotlight: Cheryl Dollar

Volunteer Spotlight: Cheryl Dollar

Thank you to the Palatka Daily News for featuring Cheryl Dollar as the volunteer spotlight. December 15, 2012 Click on...
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[PRESS RELEASE] ELCPSJ Receives Grants for Book Bag Project

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact:         Joan Whitson, Early Learning Coalition of Putnam and St. Johns Counties, 904-819-3544 Target...
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Tools4Schools Resource Day Success

Thank you for helping make this weekend's Tools4Schools Resource Day hosted by THE PLAYERS a success! More than 500 lives...
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[Press Release] Free Family Concert Featuring Jack Hartmann

  PALATKA, Fla., September 12, 2012 -- The Early Learning Coalition (ELC) is sponsoring a free community concert on Saturday,...
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[PRESS RELEASE] Stop Shifting Our Children’s Futures Around – More Money Needs to Be Put Into Early Learning

Early Learning Coalition of Putnam and St. Johns Counties 440 N. State Road 19, Suite 440, Palatka, FL 32177 CONTACT:...
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[PRESS RELEASE] Pete the Cat Goes on the Road with St. Johns County Book Mobile

To read the full article featured in St. Augustine Record, click here: http://staugustine.com/living/2012-08-04/pete-cat-goes-road PALATKA, Fla., July 28, 2012 – This...
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Bank of St. Augustine collects books for preschoolers

Bank of St. Augustine employees  Donna Valentine, far left, Tricia Piper, right and Stacey Crouse, kneeling hold just a few...
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The Cat in the Hat visits local Pre-school children

Kiwanis Club of St. Augustine members Joan Whitson, Kerriane Constant and Clay Nettles (as the Cat in Hat), enjoy reading...
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Winnie the Pooh Visits kids from Sea Side School

Winnie the Pooh visited kids from Sea Side School in St. Augustine on January 31, 2012.
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Early Christmas Gift

Originally posted on December 18 on St.Augustine.com More than 600 local 3-year-olds received an early Christmas gift from Clifford the...
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Reading Pal Training And Information Meeting

The Early Learning Coalition is holding a Reading Pal Training and Information meeting on Monday, Jan. 23rd at 9 a.m. at...
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NEWS RELEASE: Clifford the Big Red Dog Brings Christmas to 600 Local Children

NEWS RELEASE: Clifford the Big Red Dog Brings Christmas to 600 Local Children

  Clifford the Big Red Dog and volunteer Murrell Weissinger delivered books to 20 children at Little Tots Child Care...
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Children’s Activity: Thanksgiving Placemat Craft

When it's time for dinner, your preschooler will be excited to share his or her artwork in the form of...
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Students Give Teaching A Try

Future teachers encourage reading with books like 'Llama Llama Red Pajama' Posted: October 7, 2011 - 12:03am By MARCIA LANE  [email protected] Potential...
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Read for the Record

This year on Oct 6, 2011 more than two million voices will call attention to the crisis in early education...
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Book Drive with St. Augustine Outlet Mall

Bring in a new pre-school children’s book to the St. Augustine Outlet Mall to Guest Services, Peaches ‘N Cream or  Evie’s Cottage now till  Sept. 24...
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St. Augustine Record Editorial

Look at what the nice folks over at the St. Augustine Record had to say about the Dolly Parton Imagination...
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Early Learning Coalition Public Service Announcement

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The Early Learning Coalition Recognizes an Outstanding Volunteer

Sara Tavender, co-chair of both the Program and Education committees and a volunteer reading pal recently received special recognition at...
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What to read… for Spring!

It’s that time of year where the weather starts getting warmer and flowers begin to bloom. Here are a few...
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Looking for more books to read?

We Give Books Tour Comes to Town Parents and grandparents, are you looking for more books to read to your...
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Activity Corner: Easy Butterfly Craft

Here is an easy spring time craft. Take a nature walk with your child and notice the beautiful butterflies that...
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Sharing Books with Young Children

Sharing Books with Young Children It is never too early to begin instilling the love of reading in children. Even...
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Check Out Our Winter Newsletter!

Hello Dolly Parton's Imagination Library family and friends! Our winter newsletter is out and ready to be viewed by YOU....
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Photo Albums: Your Family’s Story Waiting to be Told

There may not be words printed beneath each photograph, but chances are, you know a story you can pass along...
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A Spring Reading Craft: Planting a Curious Garden

The Curious Garden is a story about a boy's dream and how one small person can help change the world....
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Doctor’s Orders: Read, read, read!

If you need a pat on the back for the time you spend reading to your child, Dr. Mehmet Oz,...
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What to Read…at Bedtime!

As parents we are all familiar with this  nightly routine: she’s bathed, her teeth are brushed, and she’s settled in...
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Telling the Story Together

When you read your child a bedtime story, you’re supposed to open the book and read what’s on the page,...
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Books & Cookies: A Perfect Drizzly Day Duo

Hurricane season may be almost over, but the next time rain keeps you indoors, reach for one of these much-loved...
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We Proclaim November: National Family Literacy Month

Exciting news! NOVEMBER is going to be officially proclaimed as NATIONAL FAMILY LITERACY MONTH! We want you to be a...
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Let’s Read a Book About…Halloween!

Halloween gives families a chance to create and enjoy many traditions. Dressing up in costumes, carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating are...
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Mommy & Me

Natisha and Kia Johnson, from Palatka, enjoying the books and creative resources provided at the Mommy and Me Class June...
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