ELC Broward News
April 20, 2021
Attention SR & VPK Providers: Be Sure to Submit Your Provider Profile!

Thanks to all of you that have already completed your 2021-2022 Provider Profile! Please make sure the status of your profile is now Active. If any changes or corrections are necessary, your profile will be in Rejected status until you resubmit it with the requested changes. SR and VPK contracts are expected to be available on the Provider Portal by late April, but we cannot initiate a contract for you until you have an Active 2021-2022 Provider Profile. If you have not yet submitted your profile, please do so this week to ensure ample time to complete your contracts before the end of the program year. Thank you for your cooperation!
Provider Learning And Networking (PLAN) Meeting - Wednesday, April 21

Please join us for our next virtual Provider Learning And Networking (PLAN) Meeting on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 12 pm.

ASQ Questions...Ask Away! Join us for a Workshop on April 22

As of April 1, 2021 the process for conducting Developmental Screening for SR children has changed. After a family has signed their child's payment certificate on the Family Portal, they will be prompted to complete the ASQ-3 and ASQ-SE2. What does this mean for you? Please join on April 22 as the Quality and Education Team and the Provider Relations Team answer your questions. 

Reminder for SR Providers: SRPA (School Readiness Program Assessment)

SRPA stipulates that SR providers are required to have a program assessment using the identified tool, CLASS®, Classroom Assessment Scoring System. In preparation for CLASS assessments, if you are a SR contracted provider who has more than 20% SR children or received a CLASS 1 violation and/or opted – in for the differential. you are required to submit your Monthly Roster to the coalition on or before the third (3rd) business day of each month in the Quality Performance System (QPS), https://qps.floridaearlylearning.com/.

This assessment primarily measures the quality of the classroom interactions between the teachers and the children. For instructions on how to update your school’s information, please refer to our Quality Performance System Step-by-Step Tutorial. For questions, please email class@elcbroward.org. 
VPK Program Updates for Providers
Last week, we sent out a communication from the Office of Early Learning about some recent updates for the Summer VPK and 2021-2022 VPK Program. Please click the link below to learn about changes with reimbursements, VPK reenrollments and reporting COVID-19 closures.

SR Match Pre-Screening Form Available Online Only
The SR Provider Match program affords early education centers, Family Child Care Homes (FCCH) and private businesses the opportunity to provide care for a low-income employee’s child at their child care program with a 50% partial reimbursement by ELC Broward. 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?)
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
OEL Presents: Social Studies Learning Circles

The Office of Early Learning is pleased to announce the NEW virtual Social Studies Learning Circles, specific to each of the Florida Early Learning Standards Four Years Old to Kindergarten, Social Studies Domains.

The Social Studies Learning Circles will provide early childhood educators (teachers, administrators, directors) an opportunity to share in professional learning via conversations about strategies, research and best practices in the preschool classroom as they relate to the social studies standards.

For more information and to register for a Social Studies Learning Circle Session please visit
Director Toolkit and Professional Learning Modules - New Professional Resources Now Available
This toolkit is designed to be an ongoing, continuous depository for resources that support early childhood directors, coaches, trainers and instructors in planning and maintaining quality preschool programs for Florida’s youngest learners.

April Issue of Parents’ Pages
Parents’ Pages, a newsletter for families, is available on OEL’s website. This issue includes information on raising healthy children, National Poetry Month and more!

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.
NAEYC to Host Accreditation Learning Labs
The Florida Association for the Education of Young Children is partnering with NAEYC for a series of free, official accreditation learning labs for childcare centers across Florida. This series is designed to help centers achieve, renew or explore achieving NAEYC accreditation.

Putting it All Together: Portfolio Creation | Tuesday, April 20, at 1 p.m. ET via Zoom Register here
  • This 90-minute session provides strategies on how to streamline your program and classroom portfolios to be able to focus on what matters most.
  • Accreditation 101: Understanding the Accreditation Process and Expectations

Expectations | Tuesday, May 4, at 1 p.m. ET via Zoom | Register here

  • This 90-minute session provides an overview of achieving NAEYC Accreditation and is recommended for programs that are not currently accredited.

Both sessions are free for all child care providers in Florida. You do not have to be a
FLAEYC member, but registration is required.
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.

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!