ELC Broward News
March 15, 2021
Provider Learning And Networking (PLAN) Meeting - Wednesday, March 17
Please join us for our next virtual Provider Learning And Networking (PLAN) Meeting on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 12 pm.

COVID-19 Vaccination Update: No Age Requirement for Child Care Staff
We're excited to share some important information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine: ALL child care staff, regardless of age, will now have the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine administered by the Department of Health at TY Park in Hollywood (address provided below), beginning Tuesday, March 16 through Saturday, March 20, from 9 am to 6 pm.

School Readiness Rate Increase - Action Required
Florida’s Office of Early Learning recently announced that School Readiness reimbursement rates were increased as of January 1, 2021. The increase in the maximum reimbursement rates requires an amendment to your current School Readiness contract (form OEL-SR 20). Please click the link below to follow instructions on how to amend your contract.

SR Match Pre-Screening Form Available Online Only
We've gone paperless with our SR Match Pre-Screening Form. To fill out the pre-screening form, go to https://elcbroward.webauthor.com/go/survey/form.cfm?xm_form_id=2.
Additional assistance can be found on our website:
Providers→School Readiness Provider Match→SR Provider Match Pre-Screening Form (Located under: What is the enrollment process?)
Want to Learn How to Do Business with Us? March Trainings Are Now Open!
Want to know... How to better understand your School Readiness and VPK contracts? How to properly enter children's attendance in EFS? How long the children in your program are eligible for subsidy? More about CLASS observations and how they affect your reimbursement? We're here to help!

We are looking for the next Picassos/Picassas!

ELC Broward would love to showcase your school’s talented young artists in our lobby area and our boardroom/training room. We will be displaying different works of art quarterly.

If you are interested in showcasing your artistic geniuses, please contact Carolina White at Cwhite@elcbroward.org or 954-270-4929.

Office of Early Learning News
MARCH Issue of Parents’ Pages
Parents’ Pages, a newsletter for families, is available on OEL’s website. This issue includes information on Read Aloud Month, Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and National Poison Prevention Week. You will find information and activities for families and child care providers on:
  • EDUCARE, a program, available in English and Spanish, that sends families text messages with information on children’s development, wellness and health and provides 24-7 access to games, stories and activities that support learning
  • Florida’s Prepaid College Savings Plans
  • Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten Program options
  • National Nutrition Month

MARCH 2021 Virtual Study Buddies
The March Virtual Study Buddies Calendar is available at: http://www.floridaearlylearning.com/vpk/vpk-providers/professional-development-training

These sessions are appropriate for early childhood educators who have completed the targeted online course and want to participate in a review or refresher of the course content prior to taking the end-of course assessment.
Free Resources & Information
The 2021 Transition to Kindergarten Regional Summits are set to kick off in April. Each two-day summit (8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. each day) will inspire preschool and public school educators as they plan ways to support the transitional changes children and families face when moving from preschool to kindergarten. View the Regional Map.
April 20-21 (North Region)
April 27-28 (Central Region)
May 4-5 (South Region)

2nd Sneak Preview!
Broward Countdown to Kindergarten Florida Grade Level Reading Campaign

In this session Broward County Public Schools and core community partners are on the Countdown to Kindergarten! Join us to learn about our Broward Reads Campaign, part of the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading, and collaborative work to provide families of incoming kindergarten children with resources, information, and family opportunities to support building a strong foundation
towards school readiness and beyond.
Step Up for Students offers Bi-Weekly Lunch & Learn Sessions
Step Up for Students is hosting bi-weekly Lunch & Learn Sessions with community partners and families. Their next webinar, scheduled for Monday, March 15 at 12 p.m., will discuss five of their scholarship programs:
  • Florida Tax Credit and Family Empowerment scholarships for lower-income families
  • Gardiner Scholarship for children with certain special needs
  • or unique abilities
  • Hope Scholarship for public schoolchildren who are bullied
  • Reading Scholarship Accounts for public school students in grades three to five who struggle with reading

Museum of Discovery & Science: Early Childhood Educator Night Out, April 7, 5 pm-6:30 pm
Preschool educators, owners, directors, coordinators, classroom assistants of Early Childhood Centers are invited for an onsite, socially distanced FREE evening at MODS.

Learn about our Early Childhood programs at the Museum, virtually and offsite. Meet our early childhood coordinator, explore our new STEMobile, take a tour of our Sprouting STEM Early Childhood Learning Lab, powered by PNC Grow Up Great, as well as interact with our immersive exhibits and animal ambassadors.

Florida Department of Children and Families Employment Bulletin Board
Are you hiring at your child care center? The Department of Children and Families’ Child Care Program Office offers a tool for Child Care Facilities to advertise available positions.

Child Care State Capacity Building Center’s Infant/Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN) Hosts Webinars in March
The Child Care State Capacity Building Center’s Infant/Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN) is hosting several webinars this month as part of their Relationship-Based Care Training for Trainers (TFT) 3-part pilot series for states, territories and tribes.
Florida Grade Level Reading Campaign Presents
Dr. Paige Pullen from the Lastinger Center
Free webinar series on Supporting Reading Instruction! Intended Audience: PK-3rd grade afterschool staff, summer learning staff, reading volunteers, paraprofessionals, etc.

Florida Certified Communities of Practice Facilitators Training Stipend
Florida Certified Communities of Practice Facilitators are eligible for a onetime $225 stipend upon the successful completion of specific online courses by June 30, 2021, or until the stipend funding is depleted. Successful completion may include an end of course assessment or certificate of completion.

Child Care Grant and Loan Resources
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Care, has assembled a resource guide for child care programs interested in learning more about different loan and grant opportunities.

For the Family
3Ts Tip of the Month: Talk & Tune In
Build your child’s brain during a diaper change. Don’t just do it, talk your child through it! The next time you change your child’s diaper, use the 3Ts to narrate a play-by-play of what you’re doing, as you do it. Use the 3Ts: Tune In to what your child is focused on. Talk More about it, using a wide variety of words. Take Turns to have a conversation with your child.
#AnyTimeIs3TsTime #3TsFlorida #PNCGrowUpGreat           
#AnyTimeIs3TsTime #3TsFlorida #PNCGrowUpGreat

Join us for ELC Broward StoryTime on Facebook Live!
Our StoryTime on Facebook Live is still on! Join us on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays at 9:30 am for a new story. We look forward to seeing you soon!

HUF has offered the 100% FREE Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) to the low to moderate income communities of Broward County for more than a decade. IRS-Certified Volunteer Tax preparers assist individuals and families to identify tax credits they are eligible for in order to maximize return refunds and bring critical dollars back to the community most in need. The services are provided from numerous community sites and offered in five languages - English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian-Creole and Sign Language.