December 24, 2019
Office Closure for the Holidays
Please be advised the ELC office will be closed beginning Wednesday, December 25, 2019 and will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2020. Customer Service Specialists will be available by phone from 9 am - 5 pm on:
  • Wednesday, December 26
  • Thursday, December 27
  • Monday, December 30
  • Tuesday, December 31
Broward Early Childhood Education Conference Tickets are now on SALE!
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Be sure to take advantage of this saving!
VPK Registration opens January 1, 2020 for the 2020-21 School Year
VPK Preliminary Readiness Rate
During the week of December 9, the Office of Early Learning sent out a communication to all providers that offered VPK during the 2018-2019 program year. The message contains important information about how to access your program’s Preliminary Readiness Rate, as well as the process for disputing the information that was used to determine your Preliminary Readiness Rate. Providers have until January 13 to review their Preliminary Readiness Rate information, and we strongly encourage you to do so... Read more
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Message from OEL for School Readiness Providers
It is very important that School Readiness providers wait until the beginning of January to submit December attendance roster(s) in the statewide Provider Portal.  If you submit your December roster(s) prior to the end of December, holiday closure days will not be captured in your submission.
 
The Office of Early Learning and early learning coalitions, statewide, are continuing to work together to complete the 2018-2019 reconciliation process. Our goals continue to be 1) ensuring that all providers have been paid for 2018-2019 services and 2) ensuring that the financial management/payment processes in the statewide system are fully operational as soon as possible.
Jumpstart Recognizes Broward County as Read for the Record District Award of the Year
Broward County has been recognized as the Read for the Record District of the Year Award! A supporter of Read for the Record since its beginning 14 years ago, Broward County is one of Jumpstart’s longest-standing partners for the campaign and has the widest participation within a single county.   Read more
Celebration of the Hands
Want your children’s hand art on display at the Capitol? Join in the Celebration of the Hands! Tens of thousands of pieces of “hand art” will be hung throughout the Capitol Rotunda Sunday, Jan. 26 – Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 creating an amazing display of children’s art.

To participate, please drop off your students artwork to the ELC Broward office no later than Jan. 15, 2020.
Celebrate Literacy Week Florida!
January 27-31, 2020
Join the Department of Education, Office of Early Learning and ELC Broward to read together on January 29, 2020 at 9 am to Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!

The 2020 Literacy Week books are:
The Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard (infant/toddler)
Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes
(preschool)
Training Opportunities
Trauma-Informed Care
Do you need to renew your Child Care Director’s Credential? You probably already have the VPK Endorsement on the Director’s Credential. Now you can add an additional Endorsement to the Director’s Credential - called Trauma-Informed Care Endorsement! Learn more
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The Early Learning Florida Advantage
Early Learning Florida partners with the Florida Office of Early Learning to offer all educators in publicly funded programs free, flexible online courses to satisfy
licensing and credential requirements. Learn more
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Upcoming Education Trainings
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Exploring Feelings: Social Emotional Development in VPK. During the training you will learn tips on how to create a predictable, nurturing environment; support children in developing social skills; and much more! Register
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TSG Calibration. This training is intended for School Readiness Providers implementing TSG. Teaching Strategies Gold (TSG) is an observation tool used to document and assess children’s progress.
 
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The Missing Ingredient: Classroom Management. This training will provide strategies to implement appropriate classroom organization that supports both emotional and instructional development.
Upcoming Inclusion Trainings
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Preschool Success: Supporting ALL Preschool Students & Promoting Positive Behavior in the Classroom. Come learn how to help bring active, excited, and developing young children to the classroom everyday!
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Hooked on a Feeling: Helping Children Understand Emotions Y ou don't want to miss this incredibly interesting and powerful training about trauma and brain development, and the impact positive interactions make on children and their development. 
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This the Way We Manage our Day! Come and see what you can add to your toolbox to minimize challenging behavior and to maximize learning by intentionally planning for transition times!
For a calendar view of all Provider Trainings, please click here .
The Early Learning Coalition's Chief Executive Officer, Renee Jaffe, invites you to a Q&A session before each Provider Learning and Network (PLAN) meeting. The next Q&A will be held on January 15, 2020 at 9 am. Q&A sessions will serve as an opportunity for providers to ask questions directly to the CEO in an open forum. Upon registering, you can also submit your questions in advance.

Please RSVP below. We look forward to having you join us!
Join your fellow providers at our next PLAN meeting on January 15, 2020 at 10 am. This is an opportunity to collaborate, exchange ideas and provide feedback on current events impacting the provider community. You’ll also receive updates from the Early Learning Coalition and community members on topics that impact you , such as early care, education legislation and information relating to School Readiness and the Voluntary Pre-kindergarten program. You don’t want to miss it!
Family Connection - New Issue
We're thrilled to share our November/December issue of Family Connection with you!

With the holiday season upon us, it's important that parents keep their child engaged by bonding and creating lasting memories. In this issue, families will find great tips on how to include their child while preparing holiday dinner and have meaningful conversations at the dinner table. We've even included an easy and healthy recipe families can make together!
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