AUGUST 1, 2019
Good afternoon,

We wanted to share a video below featuring a family testimonial about the success of the Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) program. Additionally, we hope that you will take the time to read about all of the work we have been doing over the summer to ensure children are entering Kindergarten #ReadyToLearn and #ReadyForLife !

Warren Eldridge
Chief Executive Officer
This has been a busy summer at the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County, Inc. (Coalition and/or ELCPBC) and we wanted to take a moment to share our accomplishments and our plans. This summer it was all about the summer slide and getting both parents and students ready for this Kindergarten year.

At the last Board of Directors meeting in June, we spoke about the decline in our Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Readiness Rates and the challenges we face in truly understanding the decline. Not knowing if this decline was due to the assessment being used, how the rate is measured or whether the summer slide plays a role in the scoring, the Coalition engaged in a multi-pronged approach to engage parents, students and teachers in gearing up for the coming Kindergarten year.
The Coalition launched a series of activities and resources that empowers the parent as their child’s first teacher. Through Parent Cafes hosted at our community-based Family Services locations. These meetings allow for a parent-to-parent discussion around school readiness, quality child care and other related topics that allow for sharing experiences and learning from each other. We are also pleased to see many dads participating, leading us to do a session just for fathers.

In addition, at our Resource Library located in our Palm Springs office we provided weekly summer slide activities whereby parents could bring their children to participate in engaging activities extending and reinforcing readiness for Kindergarten.
In July, the Coalition hosted a VPK Teacher Conference with close to 150 teachers attending. This conference was held on Saturday July 20, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Teachers were able to attend three sessions during that time. The sessions were all recorded and will be placed on our website to be accessed by all teachers. We will send follow-up communication when these items become available. Based on the results, we are hoping to run another half day conference in the next few months.

We have also hosted several webinars providing information on various topics of interest and importance. These webinars are very well attended.
ELCPBC will be launching a professional development collaborative that will support connectivity of child care providers to multiple opportunities for professional development at a community level to promote the importance of professional development and best practices in early learning. The development of a comprehensive training calendar will highlight the partners in higher education institutions as well as early learning programs to provide greater access for early learning teachers.
We are tremendously pleased to announce that we have completed all of our CLASS Assessments (measuring teacher-child interactions) on all eligible providers. 100% of our eligible school readiness providers met the threshold set by the Office of Early Learning (OEL) in order to contract with the Coalition to provide School Readiness services.

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Sponsorship by the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County, the State of Florida: Office of Early Learning, and the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County.