January 20, 2021
The button to create your 2021-2022 provider profile is available, but please DO NOT use it yet.

Most providers follow the school district calendars, as such, we are asking that you wait until the calendars are released and reimbursement rates and paid Holidays are determined. This will help to streamline the process and also save you time in the end.

Providers now have the ability to submit a temporary closure through the EFS Mod System. The temporary closures are accessible on the Provider Services Portal under the ATTENDANCE tab. You can upload any corresponding documents that pertain to that closure as well. The Coalition will review your temporary closure submission and if there are any issues we will contact you.
As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to a contract specialist and they will gladly walk you through the process. Keep in mind, notification of a closure needs to be submitted via the Redline within 2 business days of the closure.
SR Attendance for January 2021
Paid absences will be back to the "Normal" 10 paid absences: ​
  • 3 –E's Excused Absences ​
  • 7 –Extraordinary Circumstance Absences (with appropriate documentation requirements) ​
The Documentation will need to be uploaded into the Attendance screen of the EFS Mod System. You may download this form for parents who would like to submit documentation for absences. ​
Reminder to register for the Virtual Career Fairs if you are interested in participating. You can learn more about the Premier Virtual platform here. ​

We have also included a recruitment flyer for you to distribute in your area to spread the word to potential applicants. Click the links below to download a copy.
Career Source Chipola- Virtual Event  ​
January 28th, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm​

If you are interested in participating as an employer, you can register here. ​​Please complete your employer profile page prior to the event.
Career Source Gulf Coast – Virtual Event ​
February 4th, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm ​​

If you are interested in participating as an employer, you can register here.​ Please complete your employer profile page prior to the event.
If you have any questions about the Job Fairs or how to register as an employer, please contact:​​
Kate Burch​​ | (850) 704-0663
Overcoming Burnout In Child Care

We're now into the second year of the pandemic and it's been tough for everyone, making the challenge of burnout even more of a concern now than it has ever been. Here are some strategies that can help.
Preschool Podcast

Alyssa Blask Campbell, M. Ed, CEO and Founder of Seed and Sew LLC, shares with us how educators and parents can support children’s emotional needs. Alyssa breaks down the different areas adults can focus on with children and themselves in order to achieve a successful and continuous habit through habit stacking.
DCF is offering a new virtual instructor-led course, Trauma-Informed Care for Child Care Program Directors (TICD). The goal of this course is to assist child care programs in implementing trauma-informed care for the families they serve. This is a multi-session course via Zoom, which will require the completion of outside assignments and readings.
Upon completion of this course, child care Program Directors will be able to:

  • Recognize the signs of trauma impacting children

  • Examine the importance of self-care

  • Apply tools to help children regulate emotions and behaviors

  • Evaluate the physical learning environment for trauma-sensitive supports

  • Develop a plan for creating a trauma-sensitive program
The Coalition will sponsor up to 10 Directors to ​attend this 40-hour multi-session course, which requires the completion of outside assignments and readings. ​
Stipends for Directors will also be available for Directors completing the course successfully. Dates for the TICD course will be announced at the end of January.

Please notify the Coalition at redline@elcnwf.org if you are interested in participating.
Quality Performance System

We would like to remind you to log into the Quality Performance System (QPS) by the 10th of each month to update your staff roster. Once the staff roster has been updated, you must submit the roster so that the system stays current and up to date.

The Office of Early Learning (OEL) requires all providers receiving composite scores to update their rosters at least monthly in the Quality Performance System.
We continue to seek parents to join the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)

Please download a copy of the flyer by clicking the button below.
 
Ways you can help us spread the word:

  1. Place a copy of the flyer on your lobby bulletin board
  2. Print copies of the flyer and give it to each of your children to take home
  3. Include a digital copy of the flyer in your parent newsletters or emails
Regards for Child Perspectives
Infant Early Language Support
Sesame Street in Communities
Caring and Sharing for Early Childhood Workshop

Join WFSU Public Media’s Education & Engagement team for an evening all about Caring and Sharing from Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC). 2020 was tough for us all, including our little learners. In this workshop, we will show how to use SSIC resources in your classroom to help children ages 2-5 navigate big feelings and traumatic experiences through art activities, videos, stories, and games.

Two in-service hours are available for early educators who are located in the Big Bend and Northwest region of Florida.
As OEL is reviewing VPK success rates between VPK vs. Non-VPK programs across the state, the Coalition wanted to remind you about the OEL sponsored Virtual Study Buddies (VSB) opportunities, to assist VPK teachers as they review for the end of course assessments that are required for some of the VPK trainings. These sessions are FREE and provide an opportunity for participants to ask clarifying questions and get a better understanding of the course content that they will be testing on.  
Early Learning Florida 2021 Spring Courses: Direct enrollment for Early Learning Florida Courses (ELFL) have begun and will remain open until January 27, 2021, for practitioners to self-enroll into courses. Please click below to access the ELFL flyer(s) for more information on how to enroll. 

Training Stipends for Teachers through PAEC and OEL

Florida Early Childhood Educators are eligible for a $75 stipend upon the successful completion of the specific courses by June 30, 2021. The following funding is sponsored through OEL and Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC).
Click below to find eligible courses and additional information.
Click below to access the Teacher Stipends for Teachers FAQs.
Child Development & Red Flags Webinar Series 

Do you have questions about typical skills for 2 through 5-year-olds?
Do you need strategies or ideas for skill development in your classroom?
Are you worried that a student is behind in his/her development?
How can you request special services for a student? What is Child Find?

Download the flyer below for the full Winter 2021 Webinar Series and Zoom dial-in information.
Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! 2021: January 25-29
 
2021 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! will be held January 25-29, 2021. This annual event aims to raise awareness of children’s literacy and foster their love for reading. This year's theme is: Humanity tells a story: What’s YOUR chapter?
 
This year's simultaneous reading activity will be held Wednesday, January 27, at 10:00 AM (CST). We will be asking all providers to join us for a Zoom call as we read aloud the Coalition's selected titles:

Ten Tiny Toes by Caroline Jayne Church to infant and toddlers
Police Officers on Patrol by Kersten Hamilton to preschoolers
Be on the look out for the Zoom invitations. To review the 2021 Celebrate Literacy Campaign click HERE! Please email the Redline if you have any questions.
Florida KidCare

In a time when the health and safety of our community are most important, help keep the children in your 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!
January Special Dates
January 24
National Peanut Butter Day
 
January 25
National Opposite Day
 
January 28
National Kazoo Day
 
January 29
National Puzzle Day
 
January 31
National Backward Day
We exist to grow healthy children, parents, and the relationship between them.
Sponsored by the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida and the State of Florida, Office of Early Learning