ELC Broward Updates
July 2, 2020
Some Financial Relief Coming!
Potential Rate Increase For Child Care Providers

Provider reimbursement rates for non-school age children may be going up soon! Last week, our ELC Broward Board of Directors unanimously approved a maximum reimbursement rate increase of $2.50 per child per day, not including school-age children.  This increase must be approved by the Office of Early Learning, but we are hopeful they will do so soon. If approved, the increase will take effect for services from July 1 and will add up to $650 per child per year to School Readiness child care provider reimbursements!

Child Care Quality Booster Mini-Grants

Our Board of Directors also approved the creation of a local supplemental mini-grant process that will provide up to $2,500 per eligible child care facility to enhance quality services for children.  The Office of Early Learning approved ELC Broward's proposal this week! Much like the mini-grants just offered through the Office of Early Learning, this process will be a simple one-page application, where providers will attest that they will use funding for quality purposes. Please look for the announcement and application form on our website early next week! 

CARES Act Stimulus Dollar Grants

Additionally, the Office of Early Learning is finalizing the rules and the application processes for approximately $60 million CARES Act stimulus funding for child care providers statewide, and we expect the finalized product to be available for us to present to you sometime next week. This grant process is more complex, and as soon as the Office of Early Learning formally announces availability of the funds, and makes its application forms available we will schedule a virtual CARES Act meeting to provide technical assistance for filling out the forms.  We will keep you posted as soon as we hear anything.
Join us for the Kids' Summer
Backpack Pick up on July 11!
On Saturday, July 11, Junior Achievement of South Florida (JASF) will be distributing backpacks from 10 am to 1 pm at JA World Huizenga Center at the Lillian S. Wells Pavilion, 1130 Coconut Creek Parkway in Coconut Creek. The backpacks will be filled with financial education materials, books, healthcare information, gift cards, snacks and other relevant items. We look forward to having you join us!
Gearing up for VPK! What You Need to Know & How To Apply
Beginning VPK is an exciting and important step in your child’s educational journey. Research suggests that children who attend a high-quality preschool program are better prepared for Kindergarten. VPK is designed to provide a strong foundation for future social and academic success.

Visit the Office of Early Learning website to learn more about the VPK program, tips and resources.

Ready to get started with the VPK application process? We've provided a quick and easy tutorial below!
Summer Literacy: Let's Read Together
Learning to read begins at home through everyday parent-child interactions. Check out these family activities to support children as they practice early literacy skills at home:

Download Reading Apps! Reading are a great way for your child to practice reading on-the-go. What's even better? Many of the apps are free! Check out these literacy apps.

Join us for StoryTime on Facebook Live!
Our virtual StoryTime is still in full swing! Be sure to watch us on Facebook Live on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays at 9:30 am and 2 pm.

To help reach our diverse families, Monday StoryTime is in English, Wednesdays in Spanish and Fridays in Haitian Creole.
Community Resources
Online Workshop For Families Interested in the Scholarship Program
Step Up For Students is partnering with Celebrate Youth* to host a series of online parent workshops for families interested in their scholarship programs.

Step Up For Students’ staff will answer questions live and assist families with applications for the upcoming school year.
FREE Grocery Giveaway Food Distribution
Food distribution will be held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month from 10 am - 12 pm.

Everyone is welcome. Please bring your bags to carry food.