March 24, 2021
April 6, 2021 Provider netWORK Webinar
 
You are invited to a Zoom webinar!
When: April 6, 2021 09:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: April 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
Technical Assistance for new OEL Provider Portal

The Coalition would like you to know that you now have the ability to renew both SR and VPK Contracts for the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 utilizing the 2021-2022 PROFILE update. This year we are offering Technical Assistance & Contract support via virtual ZOOM meetings. With these ZOOM meetings, Providers can receive one-on-one technical assistance with the contracting process on the NEW OEL Provider Portal and talk with Coalition Staff to receive assistance with the PROFILE questions and requirements.

Time slots are available in 20-minute increments and you will need to sign up for a designated time. Once you have signed up, an invitation and link to your designated ZOOM meeting will be emailed to you.

You should have the following information with you at the ZOOM Meeting:
  • W-9  Signed and dated for upload
  • Current screenshot of the SUNBIZ website showing ACTIVE and having borders showing the website and date information pulled down for upload
 
SR Providers ONLY:
  • Private Rate Statement as of July 1, 2021 for each age category served. You will need the information to enter in the PROFILE-Private Pay Rates and to upload it to the Document Tab. Providers are requested to list both Full-Time and Part-Time rates for each age category. If you do not typically do Part-Time, list the Full-Time rate in these spaces so there are compensation amounts in the system for each age category.
  • List of closure dates between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.
Please follow the link below to reserve your time slot NOW! ZOOM Meetings where screens are shared are not compatible with mobile devices, so we recommend using your computer. If you have questions about ZOOM or how these meetings will work, please email the Redline with “ZOOM” in the subject line.
Employment Bulletin Board

The Department of Children and Families’ Child Care Program Office is offering a tool for child care providers to advertise available positions at their facility.

Learn how to post a Job Ad and view Job Applicants by reviewing the flyer below.
Know the New ZOOM Series: Pending Family Acceptance

If you missed last week's Know the New Provider ZOOM regarding the changes coming for enrollments in Pending Family Acceptance (PFA), please take a moment to review the below PowerPoint.

The upcoming changes due to start April 1, 2021, could impact the ability to be paid for children in the PFA enrollment status.

If you have questions, please send to the redline at redline@elcnwf.org
Transition to Kindergarten Regional Summit - North Region

Tuesday April 20, 2021 to Wednesday April 21, 2021
8:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Registration for the Florida Office of Early Learning 2021 Transition to Kindergarten Regional Summit is now open! Be sure to sign up today to reserve your spot.

These virtual sessions span two half days and are intended to help preschool and public school educators as they plan ways to support the transitional changes children and families face when moving from Pre-K to kindergarten.
Be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page for the registration button.
Reimbursement for Background Screenings

The Coalition will assist School Readiness providers in obtaining and sustaining the early childhood education workforce by providing reimbursement for background screenings completed for employees hired on or after July 1, 2020.
The deadline for background screening reimbursement documentation submission will be June 1, 2021.

To process your request, please download and complete the reimbursement application form. Send your application and your proof of purchase to kimberly.sheff@elcnwf.org.

The documentation provided for reimbursement will need to include:
  1. The agency payment was made to
  2. The date the purchase was made

Please send questions to redline@elcnwf.org.
COVID-19 Vaccinations for
Child Care Workers

This is great news for our early educators! The Biden Administration has challenged the state to get teachers, school staff, and workers in child care programs their first COVID-19 vaccinations by the end of March, according to the CDC.

Local pharmacy retailers participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program are Publix, CVS, Winn-Dixie, Walgreens, Walmart and Sam’s Club.
Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the accomplishments of women and also inspire a new generation of young women! See below for stories, information, and activities to celebrate Women’s History Month with young readers.
Wear Blue Day

Prevent Child Abuse Florida encourages all Floridians to participate in National Child Abuse Prevention Month by taking simple actions that can make a big difference in the lives of children and families.

Wear blue on Thursday, April 1st and post a video or photo to social with the #WearBlueDay2021 hashtag to show support for children and families.
Supporting Children with Developmental Delays and Autism

HiMama recently chatted with Dr. Cara Goodwin, Clinical Psychologist and owner of Parenting Translator, on the different ways educators and parents can not only support children with developmental delays and autism but how to recognize the signs early.
10 Ways to Stay Healthy as an ECE

There's no shortage of health tips out there, but why can't they take into account the realities of being in the classroom all day? In this guide, we show you easy ways to make sure you're looking after yourself!
VPK Registration Now Open for 2021-22 School Year

Please remind parents of 4-year-olds that the VPK registration is now open for the 2021-22 School year. You can direct parents to the VPK page at elcnwf.org for more information using the button below.
The Coalition will be working on a campaign to promote VPK and encourage parents to enroll their qualifying 4-year-olds for the 2021-22 school year. In addition to our outreach and media strategy, we will be producing some marketing assets for Providers to utilize to assist in their enrollment efforts.
Look to the upcoming Provider Newsletters for more information about how to access those materials.
It has been a while since we have recognized an amazing teacher in our area, and we know there are many of them out there! We want to help you recognize teachers in your centers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. During the last week of this month, one teacher will be chosen for a prize in recognition of their hard work and dedication to the children they teach every day. You can nominate teachers from your centers by the 30th of every month by sending the following information through the Redline :

  • Photograph of the teacher (can be a head-shot or photo of them in action) 
  • Short paragraph about who they are
  • One thing (or more) this teacher has done to go above and beyond the call of duty 

Let's see those nominations flood the redline!
We are looking for parents to join the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)

Download a copy of the flyer by clicking the button below. Please make sure all parents in your center receive a copy of this flyer. You can print to send home with each of your children, or you can simply post the flyer on your social media page.
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.  
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!
March Special Dates

Women’s History Month
Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month
Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month
National Craft Month


March 30
National Pencil Day

March 31
National Crayon 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