January 27, 2021
February 4, 2021 Provider netWORK Webinar
 
You are invited to a Zoom webinar!
When: February 4, 2021 09:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: February 2021 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
Beginning with the 2021-2022 Contract Year, Providers will need to document compliance with E-Verify prior to executing the SR and/or VPK Contract with ELCNWF. Please see below for information regarding setting up an E-verify account, and the Affidavit that must be completed and uploaded into the PROFILE-Document E-Verify Folder.

As a reminder, ALL Providers are required to annually submit:

  • W-9  Completed – signed and dated AFTER January 1, 2021
  • Current screenshot of the SUNBIZ website showing ACTIVE and having borders which show the website address and date the information was pulled down from the system (On or After January 1, 2021)

These documents should be uploaded in the PROFILE-Documents tab to the corresponding folders.

Please take a moment to review the information below. If you have questions or concerns, please email redline@elcnwf.org
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. ​
February Virtual Board Meeting

February 10, 2021 11:00 AM CDT
Don't miss the January Board Meeting!
Please call: (646) 558-8656
using meeting ID number: 365 921 3194
Don't miss out on your opportunity to participate in the Virtual Career Fairs. This is your chance to meet and interview potential new hires!

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 Career Fairs or how to register as an employer, please contact:​​
Kate Burch​​ | (850) 704-0663
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


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.  
Upcoming Literacy Webinar Series from the Florida Grade-Level Reading Campaign

February 19th -10:30am ET

What is Phonological Awareness Anyway? Fun Games to Improve Students’ Early Reading Development

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: January 25-29

We hope you enjoyed today's readings of Ten Tiny Toes, and Police Officers on Patrol.

We would love to see your Celebrate Literacy Week activities. Be sure to like us on Facebook and tag @elcnwf #FLCelebratesLiteracy when posting to your accounts. 
Help plan your Celebrate Literacy Week activities with these supporting expansion activities for Ten Tiny Toes. Download HERE.
The Office of Early Learning had selected another book for their preschool read-aloud activity, What I Like About Me! If you would like to access the expansion activities for that book, download it HERE.
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 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