May 15, 2020
Dear Teachers,

We, at the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida, understand the gravity of this ever evolving situation and applaud your efforts to remain dedicated to the children and families you serve. Together, we will work our way through these uncertain times. As you continue to face this pandemic, please remember - you are not alone. We are here to support you in any and every way we can.

For more information on COVID-19 and how the State of Florida is combating this virus, visit the  Florida Department of Health  website. 
Florida Department of Health
Tips and Infographics
Teacher Tools
DAP with Apps & Other Tech Tools
Making Choices That Make Sense for Preschool

As a preschool teacher, you have many teaching tools at your disposal. Tablets, apps, and other digital technology can help children learn—as long as you are intentional in their use, carefully plan the content, and monitor how children interact with them.

While digital technology should be limited, research suggests that it can add value to children’s investigations and learning, especially when it’s used in ways that increase access to high-quality content and encourage peer interaction. Developing relationships, fostering curiosity, and providing opportunities for unstructured play and hands-on experiments are at the core of preschool education; technology can support many of these endeavors. Click the link below to learn more!
Become an Ambassadors of the Smart Tales Program

Smart Tales is a collection of interactive and animated books created by educators that teaches STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to children aged 3-6.

The app, available for smartphones and tablets, is currently being used by over 60,000 families across the world who are avid supporters! It is also being used by a number of schools that have recommended it to their pupils to help support learning. Learn more by clicking below!
 National Association for the Education of Young Children
NAEYC will provide 6 weeks of FREE Online Professional Development for child care providers and families!
Unprecedented times mean forging new paths, so we are excited to share with you the NAEYC Virtual Institute. In the past few weeks, early childhood professionals have seen a tremendous amount of upheaval in their personal and professional lives. Priorities have changed and many of the events we were all looking forward to have had to change as well. Unfortunately, for the safety of everyone, the NAEYC Professional Learning Institute had to be canceled. But, NAEYC heard from you that the quality professional development you received from that event, and from NAEYC, is now more important than ever. Starting June 1, 2020 NAEYC will offer over 100 presentations of content shared by NAEYC experts and a diverse group of presenters from all sectors of the industry. The presenters include policy experts, higher education faculty, school leaders, researchers, and educators.
Stronger Together & Better Than Ever
We, at the Coalition, know the teachers in our service area will come back from COVID-19, better than ever and stronger together . When you're ready to start rocking and rolling— remember it takes two! The role of co-regulation in building self-regulation skills is explained by clicking the button below.
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