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NEW FAMILY PORTAL
The Early Learning Coalition welcomes 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.
ATTENTION VPK PROVIDERS
OEL has released NEW information regarding the Teaching Strategies Gold Pre and Post Assessments for VPK. Download the VPK Pre/Post Assessments 2015-16 Flyer At-A-Glance for more insight. Look for more information to be available as summer progresses. For questions, email VPKquestions@oel.myflorida.com or call 1-866-447-1159.
FLORIDA WINEFEST & AUCTION AWARDS $5,000 GRANT TO ELC FOR EARLY LITERACY PROGRAM IN MANATEE COUNTY
The Early Learning Coalition has been awarded a $5,000 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. Read More...
ATTENTION VPK PROVIDERS: RE: 2013-14 VPK READINESS RATE
As many of you are aware, the VPK Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rates, per statute and rule, are calculated using the Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS). FLKRS has historically consisted of two components – observational and pre-academic skills assessments. Last fall, technology problems prevented the state from administering the pre-academic skills assessment, which, in turn, prevented the Office of Early Learning from developing a readiness rate for the 2013-2014 year. Accordingly, the office will not issue a readiness rate for the 2013-2014 year. Instead, the readiness rate status held in 2012-2013 will carry over for this year. For example, if a VPK provider was a second-year Provider on Probation (POP) in 2012-2013, they will remain a second-year POP for 2013-2014, and will be expected to continue implementing the approved improvement plan in accordance with Section 1002.67, Florida Statutes. VPK providers who received a good cause exemption following the release of the 2012-2013 readiness rates will receive individualized communication by May 29. OEL will continue to work with the Department of Education and, if necessary, revise rules later this year to adjust the way readiness rates are calculated. VPK providers and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to offer public comment during rule promulgation. Please visit https://vpk.fldoe.org/Default2.aspx for more information regarding the VPK Readiness Rate.
CHILD CARE COURSES IN SPANISH
The Manatee Community Action Agency in Bradenton is now offering the state-required Introduction to Child Care Courses Part 1 & 2 in Spanish! Learn More...
Manatee Community Foundation Awards $4,000 Grant to the ELC for Early Literacy Program in Manatee County!
The Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of Manatee County, Inc. has been awarded a $4,000 grant from the Manatee Community Foundation, specifically the Myers Family Charitable Fund, the Wells Fargo Fund, and the Manatee Community Foundation Unrestricted Endowment. 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. Read more...
The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County is pleased to release our 2013-14 Annual Report.
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