This issue contains important information on the following topics:
[ ]Important Deadlines
[X]Free Resources
[X]School Readiness, VPK or other Contract Compliance
[X]Compliance with State Requirements
[X]Professional Development Opportunities
2020 Legislative Session Update
Tuesday, September 17
House Education Committee
Early Learning was the main topic on the agenda for the House Education Committee meeting last month. The committee made it clear that early learning will be a priority in the 2020 legislative session. A brilliant panel of statewide early learning partners also spoke at the meeting about the importance of early care and education initiatives. The panel included President and CEO, Evelio Torres from the ELC of Miami-Dade/Monroe; CEO, Lindsay Carson from the ELC of Pinellas County; Executive Director, Lesha Buchbinder from the ELC of Lake County; Roy Keister, VP and Legislative Committee Co-Chair from the Florida Association for Child Care Management (FACCM); Jennifer Shields with the Learning Care Group; Lisa Brooks with the Saint Rita Catholic Church’s Preschool.
Watch the recording here .   
Training Opportunities
Did you know that School Readiness providers and educators can participate in free professional development opportunities that will assist with improving instructor quality by increasing knowledge and skills? The Office of Early Learning in collaboration with the University of Florida’s Lastinger Center offers Early Learning Florida. Early Learning Florida’s focus is supporting the incredible work of early childhood educators so they can provide the highest quality education and care to children. The engaging online courses and professional development supports are designed to give early childhood educators the tools they need to help the children they work with thrive. For more information on the courses, go to . For more information on the registration process, contact your local early learning coalition and ask to speak to the Professional Development Lead about Early Learning Florida courses.
Register For The #FLAEYCCon2019 Today!
If you were registered for the originally planned Conference in September, you are currently registered for the Conference on October 23rd - 27th at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®. You do not need to take any additional steps to confirm your registration aside from booking your hotel reservation (information below).

Individual Registration:
Group Registration:
Additional attendees may register for the rescheduled Conference now! Please use the registration links below to register for #FLAEYCCon2019 October 23rd - 27th, at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld® in Orlando, FL. Advance registration - offering a 15% discount over onsite registration - will be open through Monday, October 14, 2019. After that date, attendees will need to register onsite at the Conference for full price. Thank you and we hope to see you there!
Registrant Refund Reminder: Final Days To Submit Refund Request
We understand that this date will not work for all registrants. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that you can join us for the 2020 FLAEYC Annual Conference October 13-18, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, FL. Please follow the registrant refund procedure by filling out the refund request online here: .

The process for requesting a refund will be open through tomorrow October 4th, 2019. If you have not completed the refund request by October 4th, it will be assumed that you will be attending the rescheduled Conference, October 23rd - 27th at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®. No refunds will be issued for requests received after October 4th, 2019.
Safe Sleep Awareness Month
Governor Ron DeSantis has recognized October as Safe Sleep Awareness Month , see the proclamation here.

Please join us in to help all Floridians understand the importance of creating safe sleep environments for infants. We invite partners to participate in our safe sleep social media campaign by downloading and using our social media toolkit. (Download the kit from the bottom of the page at: .)
Direct service providers can order brochures, posters and other safe sleep resources FREE at  
Create your account as you would when ordering through any online store and select the resources you would like to order. 
You can download and print the resources yourself by going here: .