September 2020
For information to keep you safe and up-to-date with COVID-19 Updates!
September 4, 2020 Provider netWORK Webinar
You are invited to a Zoom webinar!
When: September 4, 2020 09:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: September Provider netWORK Meeting
Please register for this webinar using the blue button below. You will receive a confirmation email after completing your registration.

If you have any questions please submit them through the Redline.
September Board Meeting
September 9, 2020 11:00 AM CDT

Mark your calendars and don't miss the August Board Meeting!

Please call: (646) 558-8656 using meeting ID number 365 921 3194

We look forward to you joining us virtually on Wednesday, September 9!
New Coalition Mailing Address
Effective Immediately, the Coalition will change its mailing address to:  

Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida
PO BOX 150, Panama City, FL 32402.

Providers renewing their insurance policies, please update the additional insured/certificate holder section during the renewal process. 
Providers who have renewed between July 1, 2020 and August 30, 2020 should notify their insurance companies of the address change but will not be required to upload a new certificate of insurance.

The Coalitions will maintain the current office locations in Panama City and Marianna, however, no mail receptacle will be available at these locations
Physical Address – Panama City
Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida, Inc.
703 W 15th St, Suite A
Panama City, FL 32401
Physical Address – Marianna
Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida, Inc.
4636 HWY 90 East, Suite P
Marianna, FL 32446
Training & Needs Preferences Survey
As we venture into the 20-21 school year, we are not only teaching children, but ourselves. We are determined to create professional development opportunities that work for and with your staff, but before we offer those programs, we need to know what your individual needs and preferences. Please take a moment and complete the Training Preferences Survey, linked to the button below, and make your year one for the books.
New Contact Information
DCF Client Services Northwest Region
The Florida Department of Children and Families Client Services phone number for the Northwest Region has changed.

The new number is: (850) 778-4045

Call the number above if you need assistance with Child Welfare, Adult Protective Services, ACCESS or SNAP Benefits, Child Care Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health, and Homelessness or Refugee Services.

In cases of suspected abuse, call the Florida Abuse Hotline at (800) 962-2873.
Guidance for Child Care Providers
Effective 8/11/2020
Please click the button below to review the Florida Department of Health strategies for preventing the spread of COVID-19, handling cases as they arise, and returning children and staff to programs after contracting the virus.
2020-21 VPK Program Information
VPK is off to a great start
As a reminder providers should begin the process of completing the VPK Assessments as they are required to be completed within the first 30 calendar days. The data must be entered into the Bright Beginnings website 45 calendar days from the day your VPK program started the 2020-21 school year.
VPK pre-and-post assessments are not optional. Engaging in misconduct, along with failing or refusing to implement the assessment in your program may lead to ineligibility to offer VPK for five (5) years.
For VPK assessment information click the blue button below to the left, for 2020-21 VPK reimbursement rates, click the blue button below on the right.
Early Learning Florida Professional Development Opportunities
We understand the stress surrounding COVID-19, but we urge you to take advantage of the opportunity to receive free CEUs and a possible stipend! Please note that practitioners MUST use this LINK to access the courses that are available for enrollment. Direct enrollment opened Wednesday, August 12, and will close on Wednesday, September 2.
Please click the blue buttons below to review the enrollment flier and register for Fall 2020 Early Learning Florida (ELFL) Courses, Fall online courses for ELFL begin September 8, 2020 and will end November 8, 2020. 
Health Literacy Screenings (Vision and Hearing) Processes Changing
The Coalition is restructuring the Health Literacy Screening process. The future process will no longer be completing vision and hearing screenings on-site annually at School Readiness programs.

If you, as a provider, feel there is a concern in a School Readiness child's hearing or vision, please submit a warmline describing your circumstances.
All Things ASQ
ASQ Email Update
In an attempt to better serve our providers, the Coalition has created an email address exclusively for ASQ correspondence. 

You will receive a requests to complete ASQs on children in your center from the email address listed below

Please direct all future questions and/or concerns related to ASQs to the email address above
ASQ Requirements
As a reminder, all SR Providers are required to share Child Screening Requirements (ASQ) results with parents, please review the points below for more information.

Screening Results in Writing (Rule 6M-4.720 (2)(b)-(c))
  • Parents must receive a copy of the score sheet of the ASQ-3 completed on each School Readiness child, noting the results of the screening  ​
  • Please have parents sign the score sheet verifying they have received the results of the screening  ​
  • If parents or provider need assistance with ASQs, please notify the Redline  ​
  • Screening requirements are monitored by the Coalition and OEL for SR provider contract compliance ​
Compliance Monitoring
As a reminder, Providers are required to purchase Curriculum from the 2020-21 Curriculum List and have it on-site by October 1, 2020.  The Coalition will begin monitoring for compliance in October 2020.
School Readiness and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Contract Monitoring will begin soon. As always, your facility’s staff and children’s safety are our first concern. Monitoring’s will include a desktop review and a Payment Validation (Attendance Certification Review). Please ensure that you maintain proper attendance records, comply with record retention guidelines, and meet all contractual requirements.  Stay tuned for more information as we finalize the plans and begin to monitor your programs for compliance.
Mental Health Awareness
Did you know that 1 in 4 American people suffer a mental illness? By raising awareness, mental health can now be seen as an illness and less a stigma. These illnesses can be managed by treatment and support. Mental health awareness should not only be for a day or two or even a month. We must be informed about it because it can easily happen to someone we know and care about, click below to learn more.
September Special Dates

9/6 - Read a Book Day
9/7 - Labor Day
9/8 - International Literacy Day
9/11 - Remembrance Day
9/13 - National Grandparent's Day
9/13 - Positive Thinking Day
9/16 - National Step-Parents Day
9/16 - National Play-Doh Day
9/16 - Working Parents Day
9/19 - International Talk Like a Pirate Day
9/21 - International Peace Day
Upcoming Webinars & Podcast
Teaching Race & Inclusion In Child Care
According to the Rainbow Institute of Childcare Education, teaching about race starts in child care. As a leader in ECE, you are in a unique position to be a resource for your staff, the parents that you support, and the children in your care. In the episode, linked below, the Preschool Podcast interviewed Re’Shaun Webb, about different strategies to educate all the stakeholders that are part of her center’s social ecosystem. She shares her tips and advice on how to create a safe and racially inclusive space for everyone to learn in. Click the button below to learn more!
Florida KidCare
In a time when the health and safety of our community are most important, help keep the children in you center insured.

Encourage families in your centers to contact ELCNWF for information and assistance applying for Florida KidCare.

Call 850-747-5400 X 108 or request CCR&R via the link below!
We exist to grow healthy children, parents, and the relationship between them.
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