Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County

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2017 Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County Golf Classic

Join Us! November 3, 2017, IMG Academy Golf Club

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OEL Provider Portal

This SR/VPK Contract year, 2017-2018, all providers will be required to complete and submit contracts and supporting documents through the online PROVIDER PORTAL for both School Readiness and VPK.

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School Readiness

Child Care Tuition Assistance for Eligible Families

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Florida VPK

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Locate a VPK Provider

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What Would You Do In the Event of An Active Shooter?

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It's Time To #Unplug&Connect!

Quality time matters! Did you know that putting down your mobile device and spending quality time talking, reading, and/or singing with your child helps him/her grow emotionally, intellectually, and socially? Take the Pledge to #Unplug&Connect today!

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Professional Development

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In the Spotlight

LAKEWOOD RANCH COMMUNITY FUND AWARDS $1438 GRANT TO THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION FOR STEAM MACHINE PROGRAM IN MANATEE COUNTY!

Palmetto, Florida, October 9, 2017 - The Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of Manatee County, Inc. has been awarded a $1438 grant from the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation. The grant will support the ELC 'STEAM Machine' as it arrives at early learning classrooms in the Lakewood Ranch area.

The STEAM Machine has been visiting child care centers across Manatee County since mid-July, providing one hour sessions that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and/or Mathematics. Promoting STEAM education gives children the opportunity to attain essential skills to connect ideas and integrate knowledge across disciplines, all the while capturing their attention.

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EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF MANATEE COUNTY ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBER APPOINTMENTS

Palmetto, Florida, October 6th, 2017 – The Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of Manatee County, Inc. is delighted to announce the appointment of three new Board members – Reverend Nathan Speck-Ewer, Dr. April Fleming and Marjani Jones.

Paul Sharff, CEO, commented: “We would like to extend a warm welcome to our three new Board members. I would like to personally thank them for agreeing to join what is already an extremely hard working and dedicated Board, who do so much to enhance the lives of the children in our local community.”  Read More

NEW CCR&R Resources for Providers & Families!

The Office of Early Learning has pooled together some helpful resources for providers and parents featuring some great ideas for fun spring activities, developmental milestones for ages 2 months-5 years, promoting social and emotional development, helping children transition, and much more! Read More

WELCOME TO OUR NEW WEBSITE!

The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee’s website and staff are here to serve the children and families of Manatee County, and we do so with commitment and great pride.  For general questions, or more information about our programs and services, please contact us at (941) 757-2900, via email, Facebook or Twitter.

MANATEE COUNTY ELC BOARD MEMBERS HONORED AS OUTSTANDING DIRECTORS OF 2016!

Palmetto, Florida, October 10, 2016 – The Board of the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County, Inc. (ELC) has been honored with the 2016 Outstanding Directors Award by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. The Tampa Bay Business Journal recognizes Tampa Bay-based 501(c)(3), non-foundation community organizations benefiting residents of the eight counties in the Greater Tampa Bay Metro Area, who are fiscally responsible and accountable with regard to program outcomes.

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LAKEWOOD RANCH COMMUNITY FUND AWARDS $1500 GRANT FOR RAISING A READER PROGRAM IN MANATEE COUNTY!

The ELC of Manatee County has been awarded a $1500 grant from the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation. The grant is for the continued implementation of the nationally renowned "Raising a Reader" program, whose network offers an evidence-based early literacy and parent engagement program that has demonstrated improvement in the reading readiness skills of children from birth to age five.

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RAYS BASEBALL FOUNDATION AWARDS $5,000 GRANT TO THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION FOR EARLY STEPS TO SCHOOL SUCCESS PROGRAM IN MANATEE COUNTY

Palmetto, Florida, July 22, 2016 – The Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of Manatee County, Inc. has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Rays Baseball Foundation to provide books for the Raising A Reader component of its new Early Steps to School Success (ESSS) program. The Raising A Reader materials will provide 50 children and their parents with 100 award-winning books to read at home during this school year. The books will then be recirculated among 50 additional families over the next four years servicing a total of 250 children.

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FLORIDA WINEFEST & AUCTION AWARDS $8,000 GRANT TO THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION FOR EARLY LITERACY PROGRAM IN MANATEE COUNTY

Palmetto, Florida, June 1, 2016 – The Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of Manatee County, Inc. has been awarded an $8,000 grant from the Florida Winefest & Auction, Inc. The grant is for implementing the nationally renowned "Raising a Reader" program, whose network offers an evidence-based early literacy and parent engagement program that has demonstrated improvement in the reading readiness skills of children from birth to age five.

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RECENT CHANGES IN VPK ELIGIBILITY!!

As of July 1st, 2016 a new law will extend VPK eligibility for 4-year-olds with birthdays from February 2nd-September 1st in a calendar year. Parents now have the option to enroll their child in the state's FREE Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) education program that year OR wait until the following year when their child is 5.

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MANATEE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AWARDS A $5,000 GRANT TO THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION FOR RAISING A READER PROGRAM IN MANATEE COUNTY

The Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of Manatee County, Inc. has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Evans Family Charitable Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation. The grant is for the continued implementation of the nationally renowned "Raising a Reader" program, whose network offers an evidence-based early literacy and parent engagement program that has demonstrated improvement in the reading readiness skills of children from birth to age five.

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SAVE THE CHILDREN ARRIVES IN MANATEE COUNTY!

Save the Children’s Early Steps to School Success program lays a critical foundation of language and literacy skills for children from birth to age 5, so they can enter school ready to succeed. Through home visits, book exchanges, parenting groups, and an emphasis on transition to school, Early Steps Early Childhood Coordinators will help children with language, social and emotional development, and equip parents with the skills needed to successfully support children’s growth. The Early Learning Coalition will focus on the families in the Palmetto area employing a regional school district approach to reach the neediest families at the area’s six elementary schools and 16 child care facilities. Read more about Save the Children and the Early Steps to School Success Program in NEXTGEN Family Magazine today!

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ELC RECEIVES CONGRATULATORY LETTER FROM CONGRESS

The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County recently received a letter from Congressman Vern Buchanan in recognition of the Barry Jones Business Partner Empowerment Award for NEXTGEN Family Magazine and the Coalition’s contribution to the Manatee County School District.

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ELC WINS BUSINESS PARTNER EMPOWERMENT AWARD!

The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County was today honored at the 25th Annual Manatee County Chamber of Commerce and The Manatee County School Board - Business & Education Partnership Awards with the prestigious Barry Jones Business Partner Empowerment Award. We were awarded this for our publishing of the NEXTGEN Family Magazine and our partnership with its distribution throughout the school district. ELC of Manatee County CEO, Paul Sharff, said, “Our entire staff is to be congratulated on yet another award. We are extremely proud of NEXTGEN and how it has grown quickly to become an integral part of the local community.”

NEW FAMILY PORTAL

We welcome Florida's new Early Learning Family Portal – an online option for applying for School Readiness child care assistance. Visit the Early Learning Family Portal, create an account, and then apply. Contact our Family Services Department at 941-757-2910 for questions or assistance with the new online application.   

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New for Parents!

You know how important the first five years of life are! Complete a free developmental screening for your child online today.

Investing In the Future of Children Through Early Care and Education

Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County • 600 8th Avenue West, Suite 100 • Palmetto, FL 34221 • 941.757.2900
For Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) services, please contact us at 941.757.2910

About the Coalition

Providing high quality school readiness opportunities for all children and their families, focusing on the first years of life.

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Mission and Vision

The mission of the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County is to provide and coordinate the services of school readiness programs, in an efficient manner, in order to help all children develop the skills needed to achieve future educational success, to support the role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher, and to continue to improve the quality of services available in the community.

The vision of the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County is to provide and support high quality school readiness opportunities for all children and their families, understanding that it is in the first years of life that a child's future educational success is determined.