The Parent Connection Newsletter
Dearest Parents, Families, and Caregivers...
Adapting to change can be difficult for young children and yes, even us adults too. In the first five years of life, most children make large scale transitions, like going from the bottle to food, crib to a bed, and transitioning from preschool or home life to school.

Everyday we help our children with smaller scale transitions, like turning off the TV, taking a nap, waking up from a nap, or leaving the playground. No matter the scale of the transition, parents can help foster smooth transitions.

Try some of these tactics:

  • Preview and countdown: let them know change is coming and provide a countdown that is age appropriate. "10, 9, 8, 7... or we will be leaving in 5 minutes".
  • Signal it with a song: The clean up song is a good one for tidying up after playing or when it's time to leave try a routine of saying, "See you later alligator, after a while crocodile." Repetition provides routine and sets expectations.

This summer, we're focusing on the large scale Transition to Kindergarten. If you have a 5-year-old that will begin Kindergarten in August, we encourage you to participate in our Kindergarten Transition program.

We'd like to hear from you. Drop us a quick line and let us know what you think or what we can do to assist more. Email: questions@elcpalmbeach.org .

We are also available via phone at our Family Resource Line: 561.514.3300.

Thank you and stay safe,

Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County
*Special Edition* Parent Cafe
A Part Of "Kindergarten... Here I Come!"
Resources and Considerations for
Preschool to Kindergarten Transition
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 @ 6 - 7 PM

Parents and Caregivers will learn about resources when transitioning children from preschool programs to kindergarten including what families need to know, what teachers need to know & supports for children with special needs. The session will include an overview of the developmentally appropriate skills needed for the age group as well as specific tools to use during the transition process.
Updated COVID-19 Resources & Information
Prime Time Palm Beach County's Virtual Summer Camp
...just for School-Age Children!
Free & open to the public, families & summer camps can schedule their time in advance so children in grades K-8 can enjoy live interactive programming, pre-recorded sessions & hands-on learning activities provided by local content experts. To get connected,  click here .
Coronavirus Relief Fund Rent and Utilities Assistance Program
The Palm Beach County Community Services Department (CSD) announces the Coronavirus Relief Fund Rent and Utilities Assistance Program will be offered to residents effective June 5. Please click here for more details .
COVID-19 Informational Webinars with Florida Rural Legal Services
Florida Rural Legal Services are offering Facebook Live sessions with helpful information for families. Topics include unemployment compensation, food stamps, foreclosures and more. Click here to see the schedule of topics and to learn more.
Florida KidCare Program... Health & Dental
The Health Council of Southeast Florida wants to remind Palm Beach County residents that the Florida KidCare program has year-round enrollment. Florida KidCare offers free or low-cost health and dental insurance to about 2.3 million children and teens in Florida. For more information or application assistance, call 561-469-8202 or click here and use the code HCSEF when applying.
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This is an excellent resource. Dr. Laura Cruz, Licensed School Psychologist shared examples and words to use to encourage your children (and get them to listen with desired behavior) on a recent webinar. You can access this webinar and all of our helpful content on our YouTube page at any time.
Special Thank You to Dr. Laura Cruz
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Calling All VPK Graduates &
5-Year-Old Children
We recently kicked off our Summer Parent Club , our newly redesigned virtual-only 8-week summer program for children who are entering Kindergarten in the fall. The summer before your child enters kindergarten is a very important one. We will be sharing weekly videos, informational packets, and new Parent Chat opportunities via Facebook Live! every Thursday. We hope you find this information to be most useful as you prepare your children for the "transition-to-kindergarten!"

We encourage you to tune in for our Parent Chat Thursday @ 6 PM . Join here .
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