Family Connection Newsletter
Dear Families,
Springtime is here and we're delighted to share our March/April edition of Family Connection! In this newsletter, you'll learn ways to help your child form healthy habits, engaging family dinner activities, tips for springtime learning adventures and so much more!

Do you or someone you know need assistance paying for child care? Apply for School Readiness! You can learn more about eligibility and the application process by going to www.elcbroward.org.

As always we are committed to offering you and your family the top-notch quality service you deserve. If there is any way we can make your experience with us an even better one, don't hesitate to reach out. Feel free to reach out to one of our Customer Support Specialists Monday - Friday, 8 am - 6 pm, or chat with us online Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm.

Happy reading,
ELC Broward
Let's Explore the 3Ts: Tune In, Talk More, and Take Turns
Snack time is 3Ts time! During your next snack time, talk about the crunchy apple, orange crackers, 2 cookies, or leafy broccoli! Use the 3Ts: Tune In to what your child is focused on. Talk More about it, using a wide variety of words. Take Turns to keep the conversation going.
Wear Blue on April 1 in Support of Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is a time to honor the children we are raising today by creating a movement that will build safe, stable, nurturing homes and communities in Florida for years to come.

On April 1, be sure to wear blue and post your photo on social media using the hashtag #WeAreBlueDay!

To learn more about Child Abuse Prevention Month and how you can get involved, visit the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website.
Start Saving Today with Florida Prepaid!
Children are the next generation of future leaders in Florida. If you need help with saving for college, explore Florida Prepaid at http://bit.ly/3s5S3eU – Open Enrollment is now!  Use promo code ELC2021 to save even more on enrollment!
Click below for more information on the Florida Prepaid 529 Plan and how you can prepare your child to go to college!

Family Resource Corner
Storyfest! Presents: Week of Wonder
This year, the NSU Alvin Sherman Library’s signature StoryFest event has transitioned to StoryFest presents Week of Wonder, seven days of online concerts featuring award-winning musicians and a special storytime with our librarians and local TV celebrity Miss Penny from South Florida PBS KidVision Pre-K.

Families can sing, dance, read and celebrate libraries, literacy and music with a new free online event every day at 11am from Sunday, April 18 to Saturday, April 24. A diverse line-up of artists includes a Grammy-winner, Latin-Grammy winners, and a four-time Grammy nominee! To meet the needs of our busy parents, teachers and caregivers, the concerts and storytime can be viewed by anyone at any time for one month after they premiere. To support home libraries, encourage literacy and combat food insecurity, local families can register to win a set of books (selected by our librarians) and a Publix gift card. Winners will be drawn daily during Week of Wonder and prizes can be mailed to the winners’ homes or picked up in person at the library. For more information, please visit our Week of Wonder website: lib.nova.edu/wow
How to talk to your child about traumatic experiences

When a child endures a traumatic experience, the whole family feels the impact. But adults hold the power to help lessen its effects. Several factors can change the course of kids’ lives: feeling seen and heard by a caring adult, being patiently taught coping strategies and resilience-building techniques, and being with adults who know about the effects of such experiences. Watch the video to learn ways to bring these factors to life.
American Red Cross Fire Safety Training
The American Red Cross is helping families develop escape plans and learn fire safety. Register your family for a 15-minute home fire safety call.  Now thru June 30 you can register for this life-saving free training.

2020-2021 Children's Services Council Family Resource Guide
The Children's Services Council of Broward County's Interactive 2020-2021 Family Resource Guide is now available! Please share this guide with your friends and family.