Preschool Teacher of the Year Nominations Now Open

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If you are interested in nominating a preschool teacher of the year in our counties, please use the following form:

Teacher of the Year Nomination Form

 

Early Learning Coalition of North Florida

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

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

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., November 9, 2020 – Early Learning Coalition of North Florida (ELC) joined readers across the country on Thursday, October 29 to celebrate Read for the Record, America’s largest shared reading experience.

Each year schools and child care centers participate in trying to break the world record of reading the same book on the same day to the most kids. Read for the Record is celebrating its 8th year and is sponsored by Jumpstart.org. The ELC of North Florida participates in this literacy event each year. 

Locally, ELC provided a free copy of the the official campaign book “Bear Sees Colors” by Karma Wilson and an activity packet to all of six county preschool providers in Clay, Nassau, Bradford, Baker, Putnam and St. Johns counties. The book was read at schools, libraries and countless special events from coast to coast. Eighty-two providers participated for a total of 6,257 children participating in all local counties.

In St. Johns County the ELC also partnered with the United Way of St. Johns who provided special guest readers to local preschools. Officers from the St. Augustine police department and volunteers from the Flagler College sorority Phi Alpha Omega were among the guest readers.

Launched in 2006, the campaign brings together millions of people to celebrate literacy by breaking the world record for reading the same book on the same day.

Many schools followed their reading of the book, “Bear Sees Colors”, with a variety of color themed learning activities. The book is about a bear that goes for a walk with his friend Mouse and sees so many colors along the way. It encourages children to go on their own colors hunt and is the perfect book to teach young children about colors.

“The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida is delighted to be a reading partner for this year’s Read for the Record Day,” said Joan Whitson, ELC’s Early Literacy Outreach Manager. “Early literacy is so crucial in a child’s development and future learning success. We are on a mission to help children in our counties enter school prepared to succeed.” 

The Early Learning Coalition is the leading voice in six counties for child care. ELC works with many other local agencies to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care. Their mission is achieved by leading projects that increase the quality and availability of child care professionals, and advocate child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families. To learn more about the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida and how assist in ensuring quality child care for all families, visit us at www.elcnorthflorida.org.

All Counties: Clay, Bradford, Baker, Putnam, St. Johns and Duval Counties:

 

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Photo Caption: Children from Fun Little Years in Clay County, Florida being read “Bear Sees Colors” by Karma Wilson participating in Read for the Record Day, Thursday October 29, 2020. 

 

St. Johns County Specific:  

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Photo Caption: Officer Caroline Drouin of the St. Augustine City Police Department reading to the children at Island Prep West in St. Augustine, Florida the book “Bear Sees Colors” by Karma Wilson as they participate in Read for the Record Day, Thursday October 29, 2020. 

 

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Photo Caption: Children from Village Academy North in St. Augustine, Florida proudly showing off their artwork to represent the book “Bear Sees Colors” by Karma Wilson for Read for the Record Day Thursday, October 29, 2020.

 

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

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ELC of North Florida Announces Book Video Contest Winner

Contact: Joan Whitson, Early Learning Literacy Coordinator, 

Early Learning Coalition of North Florida, Inc. 

Email: jwhitson@elcnorthflorida.org  

Phone: 904-342-2267

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Early Learning Coalition book video contest winner Treasure Harbor Preschool in St. Augustine, Florida with video creators Chase Glisson, Elissa Glisson and Danni Clay on August 7, 2020.

 

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Early Learning Coalition book video contest winner Treasure Harbor Preschool in St. Augustine, Florida with video creators Chase Glisson, Elissa Glisson and Danni Clay on August 7, 2020. 

ELC of North Florida Announces Book Video Contest Winner

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., August 19, 2020 – During the month of July, the Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of North Florida held a children’s book video contest. Child care centers and preschools were invited to create their own videos acting out or reading a children’s book. The winning school would receive a free iPad and their video would be featured on the ELC YouTube page and shared at their annual early educators conference in January 2021.

The winner of the video contest was Treasure Harbor Preschool in St. Augustine. They took the contest to a new level and created a video using a unique method called stop motion. 

Danni Clay, the director at Treasure Harbor, described the process.

 “They took a picture every time they moved any prop,” said Danni. “Even a centimeter. So, for example, 8 pictures are in one second. The video is about 720 pictures long (1:30). She said they got their own background and gathered their props and moved every prop and took every picture themselves.” 

The video was edited in Adobe Premier. The video is the book “The Foot Book” by Dr. Seuss and can be viewed on the ELC of North Florida YouTube page here: https://youtu.be/GA1fTxiJR2Q 

“We were very impressed with the creativity of this video and its ingenuity,” said Joan Whitson, Early Literacy Outreach Manager for the ELC of North Florida. On Friday, August 7th, the school was visited with a prize patrol to receive their prize.  

 

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.

 

The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida (ELC) supports potential and current providers through Episcopal Children’s Services, the ELC’s contracted primary service provider. Episcopal Children’s Services is available to offer information about starting a new child care business (including directing to DCF for licensing) and enhancing your program. Episcopal Children’s Services is eager to assist providers with Contracting with the Coalition and with questions about the VPK and School Readiness programs. Contact ECS at 904-726-1500, extension 7054.

 

 

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

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.

Taskforce Report to Open Florida

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

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

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 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.

Download (PDF, 486KB)

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

Download (PDF, 404KB)

 

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

Early Learning Coalition of North Florida