April 15, 2020
We created a website page to keep you safe and up-to-date with COVID-19 Updates !
Please report any closures or program changes due to COVID-19 to the Redline .
If you haven't already, please register for the Impact COVID-19 is having on Providers Zoom Webinar scheduled for tomorrow, April 16, 2020 at 11:00 AM CST.

Please register by clicking the blue button below. Advanced registration is required, once registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you would prefer to join the meeting via phone, please dial, +1 312 626 6799, and enter the
Webinar ID: 981 0398 1770
 Please submit any questions to the Redline.
COVID-19 Stress: How Uncertainty Affects Our Brains
As we live through this time of great uncertainty pertaining to COVID-19, prolonged uncertainty causes predictable changes in the brain for both adults and children. By clicking the blue button below you will watch a recent video by Becky Bailey and learn how to utilize a foundational understanding of these changes to create greater resilience, new ways of thinking, and increased well being for yourself and your children.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued updated Supplemental Guidance For Child Care Programs that remain open during COVID-19. Please click the blue button below to review the additional recommended health and safety considerations. Please remember this information should be used in conjunction with CDC’s guidance for administrators of   child care programs and K-12 schools . The guidance, linked below, does not supersede state and local laws and policies for child care programs.
Chipley and Marianna Anchorage Children's Home
Temporary Contact Information
The staff of Anchorage Children's Home of Chipley and Marianna are currently working remotely. They have provided a temporary phone number, (850) 610-4238 , to report Rilya Wilson absences for Jackson , Washington and Holmes counties. Please leave a message and someone from their agency will return your call.
Provider Pick-Me-Ups
Along The Way
The Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida would like to acknowledge Jeanne Hitchcock with Along the Way for going above and beyond to support the children and families of Jackson County. Along The Way closed in late March due to COVID-19 concerns, but has not stopped working and caring for the children and families they serve. Thank you Jeanne for providing storytime to the children of your community and beyond via social media. We, at the Coalition, firmly believe it takes a village and applaud the actions of Along The Way. Thank you for being a part of our village.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month! We know you work tirelessly every day to ensure the children in your care are safe and properly supervised. If you participated in Wear Blue Day on April 3rd, please share any pictures you took and be sure to tag @ ELCNWF ! Thank you for all you do!
The Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida was selected as a beneficiary of the Community Bag Program for the month of April! The Winn-Dixie Community Bag Program, which launched in February 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work. A $1 donation will be given to the Coalition every time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at any Bay County Winn-Dixie location throughout April. This is a great way to raise awareness, support the environment, and fundraise for  our cause. To learn more about this program and locate your nearest Winn-Dixie, please click the blue buttons below.
Florida KidCare
Don't miss out on the year-round open enrollment with Florida KidCare!

With the help of Florida KidCare, staying healthy doesn't have to be difficult.

Florida KidCare provides the families of Northwest Florida with low-cost options for health and dental insurance for children birth to 18!

For eligibility information and applications click the blue button below.
The Census Bureau has acknowledged their long-term misrepresentation of young children in decennial censuses and in Census Bureau surveys. Evaluations show that Census Bureau surveys like the American Community Survey, the Current Population Survey, and the Survey of Income and Program Participation also miss young children while counting, which can result in biased survey estimates.

To combat the misrepresentation of children ages birth to four, we ask that all parents be made aware of the benefits of counting their children.

Representation and funding make a difference where it matters, and it matters here.

Click the blue button below for a list of common family situations and Census approved answers to help the families you serve complete the Census.
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