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Palmetto, FL 34221
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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. Learn More...
We currently have an opening for a Child Development Support Specialist.
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. Read More...
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. View the Fact Sheet or read more about Save the Children and the Early Steps to School Success Program in NEXTGEN Family Magazine today!
MANATEE CONFERENCE ON YOUNG CHILDREN 2016 A GREAT SUCCESS!
We would like to thank all of our providers who attended the 2016 Manatee Conference on Young Children, as well as the State Collge of Florida, our Keynote Speaker Jennifer Faber, our session presenters, and ELC staff members for helping to make this year's conference a great success! New to the conference was our GIVE BACK! Service Project, which collected an entire large laundry basket full of socks and underwear for children in need! We are thrilled to be able to provide these items to the Project Heart Program in Manatee County Schools and help to serve our Manatee County homeless families in need!
PRESENTATION MATERIALS FROM MCYC 2016
VPK CELEBRATES 10 YEARS!
10 years strong and growing! VPK’s Birthday Celebration will kick off on January 26 during Children’s Day at the Capitol as a part of Children’s Week. VPK programs, parents, teachers, and students are encouraged to participate in various statewide events. Enter to WIN PRIZES as part of VPK’s 10th Birthday Celebration! Learn more…
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. Read More…
ELC WINS BUSNESS 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.