In this August 2019 issue learn about how to make a healthy start to the school year, encourage independence in your child, special days in September and more.Read More »
In this summer issue of Parents' Pages, receive information on how your child can receive free meals for the summer and get tips of the many learning possibilities in the Florida outdoors!Read More »
In the May issue of Parents' Pages, receive tips on safe sleep for your baby, feeding your baby and watching your newborn grow!Read More »
In this April issue of Parents' Pages, discover resources for daily activities during the Week of the Young Child and learn about autism and milestones!Read More »
March is National Read Aloud Month! Learn about Children's Week activities and the keys to early literacy in the March Parents' Pages!Read More »
National Children's Dental Health Month, tips on pleasing picky eaters and more in the February Parents' Pages
Is your child refusing the eat the food you have prepared? Get tips on pleasing your picky eater, National Children's Dental Health Month plus "STEM" talk in this month's Parents' Pages.Read More »
Are you welcoming a new baby for the new year? Learn about preventative flu tips, playing to learn and the upcoming literacy week in the January Parents' Pages.Read More »
The holiday season is all about sending time with your family! Read about managing holiday stress, teaching math concepts, literacy week and more in the December Parents' Pages.Read More »
Learn more about adoption, Family Engagement month and dealing with children's trauma in this month's Parent's Pages.Read More »
Play - what the doctor orders, kindness counts, celebrate Hispanic heritage month and more in the October Parents' pages.
Read about Hispanic Heritage Month, Celebrate Books Month, Kindness Counts and more in this month's Parents' Pages.Read More »
Learn more about Baby Safety Month, Dads Take Your Child to School Day and child passenger safety tips in the September Parents' PagesRead More »
Read about tips and books for back to school, the My First Day of VPK campaign and more. Read the monthly advice column for VPK teaching tips and information about new Standards training.Read More »
New coalition coalition chair appointed to Orange County, program links interns to early learners and more news in the Early Learning Update
The ELC of Orange County welcomes a new coalition chair and a special program links interns to early learners. Read these and more news in the August Early Learning Update.Read More »
It is back-to-school season, and soon thousands of the state’s youngest students will be starting Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program, a statefunded education program offered to all 4-year-olds.Read More »
Read more about back-to-school readiness, Family Fun Month and more.Read More »
Read about the revised Early Learning and Developmental Standards, celebrate Father's Day and learn tips for a safe summer in the June Parents' Pages.
Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards, stay safe and have fun this summer, a father's role in the lives of children, celebrate Father's Day and summer at the library.Read More »
New CEO at the ELC of Northwest Florida, coalition programs and partnerships, upcoming conferences and more.Read More »
Book Embedded Vocabulary Instruction, changing math mindsets, summer conferences and new standards website available.Read More »
Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed May 11, 2018, Provider Appreciation Day in the state of Florida.Read More »
A day to appreciate child care providers, Mother's Day craft and activity ideas, handling a fussy baby and more in the May Parents' Pages.
Show your child care provider your appreciation, Make Mother's Day happy, nurturing moms boost babies' brains, May-day fun, when baby fusses.Read More »
Child Abuse Prevention Month and Pinwheels for Prevention garden, coalitions host family engagement events and more in the April Early Learning Update.Read More »
Celebrate Safe Kids Day by learning tips for keeping your children safe, learn how to make special days "special" and more in the April Parents' Pages.
This year, Safe Kids Day is on Apr. 28. This day serves as a reminder to stay up-to-date on the latest safety tips and information to keep your child and family safe.Read More »
Coalition celebrates Read Across America Day, a program partnership brings volunteers to classrooms to read, coalition names new CEO and more news.Read More »
The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County has selected Gordon L. Gillette as its next chief executive officer.Read More »
Take your child on a learning outing to a library or museum, read aloud with your child to celebrate National Read Aloud Month and more in the March Parents' Pages.
Family friendly places to learn: libraries and museums, National Nutrition and Read Aloud Months, Read to Babies, Earned Income Tax Credit.Read More »
Elizabeth Smart-Gilmour presents at Children's Week, coalitions receive grants to further early learning initiatives and more news in the February Early Learning Update.
Elizabeth Smart-Gilmour presented for the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet during Children's Week, several coalitions have been awarded grants to fund their early education initiatives, one coalition receives an award for "Hanging of the Hands" artwork.Read More »
Tips for getting pets and young children to get along, how to encourage social-emotional learning at home and fun Valentine's Day ideas in the February Parents' Pages.
Young children and pets, Valentines Day activities and ideas, Children's Dental Health Month and social-emotional learning in the home.Read More »
Early Learning Performance Funding Project 2016-2017 evaluation shows positive results for both providers and children.
The University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning, in partnership with Yale University, released its third-year evaluation on the Early Learning Performance Funding Project.Read More »
OEL releases annual report, coalitions collect artwork for Children's Week and more news in the January Early Learning Update.
Annual report shows a year of progress for the Office of Early Learning, coalitions share pictures of the hand artwork they've received from preschools around the state, and more.Read More »
Managing harming behaviors in your baby or toddler, Martin Luther King Day, Children's Week and more in the January Parents' Pages.
What to know when it comes to hurting behaviors in young children, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 2018 Children's Week, Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!Read More »
Working with early learning coalitions, partnering agencies, child care providers, and early child care and education stakeholders, the Office of Early Learning made another year of progress in 2016-2017.Read More »
Celebrate Literacy Week, Children's Week and more early learning news in the December Early Learning Update.
Save the date for Celebrate Literacy Week and Children's Week in January. The end of the year sees coalitions around the state achieving and setting new goals and fundraising activities.Read More »
Find out how to choose the best toys to help your child learn and grow, tips for celebrating family traditions with little ones and more in the December Parents' Pages.
Choosing the right toys for your child, celebrating holiday traditions with your little one, Talk With Me Baby program and more.Read More »
How do you instill a sense of community and help make young learners into caring members of society? Find out in the November VPK Snapshots.
Learn about service learning and citizenship in action, intuitive math in early learners, 2017 FLAEYC conference, Celebrate Literacy Week! and more VPK news.Read More »
Family Engagement Month, Read for the Record Day and more news in the November Early Learning Update.
Join in celebrating Family Engagement Month, coalitions around the state celebrate Read for the Record Day, and more early learning news and updates.Read More »
Governor Scott's Securing Florida's Future Budget Invests in Florida's Youngest Students and their Families
Governor Rick Scott released his Securing Florida's budget today, which includes an increase of approximately $31.3 million for early learning.Read More »
Office of Early Learning Inspector General’s Office receives accreditation from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement.
On Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement (CFA) voted unanimously to award a certificate of accreditation to the Office of Early Learning’s Office of Inspector General.Read More »
Trying to get children to do chores can seem impossible. But did you know they can help your child build life skills? Find out more in the November Parents' Pages.
How to use chores to teach life skills, raising thankful children, Family Engagement Month and more.Read More »
Autumn-themed books for preschool readers, natural disaster preparation tips and more in the October VPK Snapshots.
Find preschool level books to help students learn about autumn, tips for preparing for natural disasters, 2017 NAEYC Conference, and implementing engineering in the preschool classroom.Read More »
At Governor Scott’s direction, the Office of Early Learning (OEL) has temporarily waived rules and regulations that will allow Florida’s 30 early learning coalitions to enroll Puerto Rican children whose education records are unavailable due to the storm. This will make it easier for young children to continue their early learning education through Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) and School Readiness Programs.Read More »
Coalitions recover after Hurricane Irma, local organizations provide coalitions with donations and more news in the October Early Learning Update.
Most coalitions are up and running once again after Hurricane Irma, donations from community organizations help fund coalition initiatives, a coalition meets with state representatives.Read More »
Have more than one child? Get tips for handling sibling rivalries, plus jump into fall with leaves and pumpkins and celebrate Halloween safely in the October Parents' Pages.
Find out how to handle sibling rivalries, crafts and activities using pumpkins and leaves, celebrating Head Start, teaching young children not to bully, National Book Month and tips for safely enjoying Halloween with young children.Read More »
Learn about three things to consider when using technology in the preschool classroom, plus more in the September VPK Snapshots.
Content, Interaction and Context: Three things to consider when using technology in the preschool classroom, Professional Development Registry, FLAEYC Conference Rescheduled.Read More »
Helping families after Hurricane Irma, preventing heatstroke, coalition fundraisers and more news in the September Early Learning Update.
Resources for families affected by Hurricane Irma. A social media campaign to raise awareness of child vehicular stroke. Coalition fundraisers, events and more.Read More »
Children have an especially difficult time adjusting after a disaster. Visit our special page filled with resources for families recovering from Hurricane Irma.Read More »
Hurricane Irma has forced many early learning coalition offices and child care providers to close.Read More »
The Office of Early Learning is running a social media campaign throughout the month of September to raise awareness of the risk of vehicular heatstroke. The campaign will use #doublechecktheback to remind parents, child care providers and caregivers of the importance of double checking the backseat when traveling with a child.Read More »
Mealtime with young children can be hectic. How can you make your family meals more meaningful? Find out in the September Parents' Pages.
Making the most of family meals, using screen time effectively, Grandparents Day and more.Read More »
Does your child care center need an extreme makeover? Find tips and more in the August VPK Snapshots.
Giving your classroom a makeover, FLKRS 2017-18 information, My First Day of VPK social media campaign, FCRR grant to work with VPK providers.Read More »
Back-to-school season, new registry system for child care professionals, coalitions receive news features and more.Read More »
A new resource for early learning professionals lets them keep track of their career progress conveniently on line.Read More »
Enjoy the last of summer with activities for National Family Fun Month, plus get ready for back to school in the August Parents' Pages.
Ideas and activities to celebrate National Family Fun Month, how to handle the bedtime blues, back-to-school tips, savings and social media campaign.Read More »
Summer is almost over, and now it's time to prepare your child for school. Check out our tips for making the transition easier.
Find tips, resources and more about helping your preschooler or kindergartner prepare for starting school soon.Read More »
To celebrate the start of a new year of VPK, Florida’s Office of Early Learning and early learning coalitions across the state are launching “My First Day of VPK,” a statewide social media campaign to welcome children into the program and help parents mark this important milestone in their child’s life.Read More »
What is an "Imagination Station" and how can it help children express their creativity? Find out in the July VPK Snapshots!
Read about creating an "Imagination Station," the new FLKRS testing assessment, My First Day of VPK social media campaign and more.Read More »
The coalition's board of directors has voted to hire Denise Marzullo as CEO, effective Aug. 21, 2017.Read More »
Coalitions join in STEM-related community initiatives and more Florida early learning news in the July Early Learning Update.
Read about several STEM-related initiatives coalitions are participating in, grants and awards to boost coalition resources and technology, and community initiatives to get children ready for school.Read More »
Florida parents and caregivers can now sign up to receive Vroom brain building tips via weekly text messages.Read More »
The May issue of VPK Snapshots features ideas on avoiding the summer "brain-drain," information on using the BPIECE Tool for practitioners and updates on upcoming summer early childhood conferences,Read More »
Like most parents, you probably dread dining out with your preschooler. Read tips on making it a more enjoyable experience in the July Parents' Pages.
Just in time for the Fourth of July, tips on celebrating safely with young children. Dread dining out with your preschooler? The July issue has ways to help dining out be more enjoyable. Discover some new apps that help you track your child’s development and build their brains.Read More »
Toni Crawford, who has served on the coalition's board for eight years, was honored upon her retirement on June 28 with an award named after her.Read More »
The coalition has announced the arrival of its STEAM Machine, a customized vehicle that will travel around local child care centers to present information that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and/or Mathematics.Read More »
Apply to chair an early learning coalition, read about activities to encourage summer learning and more early learning news and updates.Read More »
Make the most of summer. Check out these ideas to help your child explore and learn at the same time.
Young children learn best by exploring their environment and summer is a great time to support their curiosity and help them learn.Read More »
Interested in early learning? Apply to chair an early learning coalition or represent a private sector business.
Individuals interested in early learning can have an impact in their communities and play a role in what happens in Florida. The Office of Early Learning is asking individuals who are interested in early education to apply for key vacancies at early learning coalitions around the state.Read More »
Have a child that won't sit still for meals? Learn how to manage mealtime mischief in the June Parents' Pages.
Father's Day celebration ideas and the importance of dads on child development. Water safety, free meals and more tips for summer.Read More »
The Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County recently received $750 from a very unlikely source – the private providers of Osceola County.Read More »
Thank a child care provider, read how coalitions are engaging their communities and more in the May Early Learning Update.
Gov. Scott declares May 12 Child Care Provider Appreciation Day, coalition events raise awareness of early childhood education and well-being, and more early learning news and updates.Read More »
Governor Rick Scott has issued a proclamation recognizing Friday, May 12, 2017 Provider Appreciation Day in Florida. There are more than 14,240 child care providers in the state.Read More »
Is your preschooler using tantrums to get what they want? Learn how to negotiate in the May Parents' Pages.
Tips for negotiating with your preschooler, Mother's Day, Child Care Provider Appreciation Day and Foster Care Month.Read More »
The Early Learning Coalition of Duval has launched a program to promote early literacy.Read More »
How can you use children's literature to teach social and emotional skills? Find out in April's VPK Snapshots.
Book nooks provide a guide for teaching social and emotional skills, technology in preschool and celebrating the Week of the Young Child in the April issue of VPK Snapshots.Read More »
Professional development opportunities for providers throughout Florida and more news in April's Early Learning Update.
Several early learning coalitions are offering professional development training or conferences to providers. Find out more in the April edition of Early Learning Update.Read More »
Dealing with your preschooler's temper tantrums can be tough. Find out the best ways to minimize their meltdown in the April Parents' Pages.
Read about ways to manage your child's meltdowns, safety tips and checklists for Safe Kids Day, social development timeline for 3- to 5-year-olds and more in the April Parents' Pages.Read More »
New technology increases talk between young children and caregivers. Find out how and read more early learning news in March's Early Learning Update.
A program that measures talk helps boost interaction with young children, an early learning coalition calls on parents to "Unplug and Connect" and more in coalition news.Read More »
You may have heard about the "terrible twos," but what should you expect from your 2-year-old? Find out in the March Parents' Pages.
Read about your toddler's social development timeline, St. Patrick's Day, Children's Week in Florida, National Nutrition and Read Aloud months, and more in the March Parents' Pages.Read More »
Find out what Developmentally Appropriate Practices are and how to use them with children in March's VPK Snapshots.
Effective teachers and caregivers implement Developmentally Appropriate Practices to help children learn, build relationships and achieve goals.Read More »
There is a lot of activity in early learning around Florida. Read about it in February's Early Learning Update.
Community partnerships bring benefits to children and families across the state. See how they work in the February edition of Early Learning Update.Read More »
Learn about the role executive function skills play in early childhood development in February's VPK Snapshots.
Executive function skills are fundamental to building a strong foundation for the early development of both cognitive and social competencies.Read More »
Use these tips to win your preschooler's cooperation. Make Valentine's Day meaningful. These stories and more in Parents' Pages.
One of the most common problems parents of preschoolers list is getting their preschooler to cooperate. February's Parents Pages has some tips.Read More »
Governor Rick Scott released his "Fighting for Florida's Future" budget today, which includes an increase of approximately $36.1 million for early learning.Read More »
January's Early Learning Update has news and information from and about early learning coalitions from around Florida.Read More »
Dealing with preschooler whining. Reading with your child. These articles and more in January Parents' Pages.
Start 2017 reading with your child every day. Research shows that's one of the most important ways to help your child become a reader. Want to win the battle against whining? Most parents do. Get some tips in January's Parents' Pages.Read More »
Working with early learning coalitions, partnering agencies, child care providers, and early child care and education stakeholders, the Office of Early Learning made steady progress in 2015-2016.Read More »
See what's happening at early learning coalitions around the state in December's Early Learning Update.
Early learning coalitions earn praise for partnering, host conferences and break new ground. Learn about these activities and more in the December issue of Early Learning Update.Read More »
Learn how making little things count can add up to big results for children in VPK. Read about this and much more in the first issue of VPK Snapshots.Read More »
Find tips to stay safe and enjoy fun activities as you celebrate winter in Florida in December's Parents' Pages.
Remind your children why it is important to keep their hands clean and protect them from the flu virus. Encourage kids to make their own New Year's resolutions before 2017.Read More »
Learn how people (and dogs) are giving back this holiday season in November's Early Learning Update.
Reading events and activities encourage early learning during the holiday season and coalitions are giving back to needy families in the latest Early Learning Update.Read More »
November is Family Engagement Month and we are celebrating thankful families and honoring traditions passed down through generations.Read More »
Read about health and safety changes for child care providers, prepare for a gala, discover how to become a literacy buddy and more in October's Early Learning Update.
October's Early Learning Update offers information from early learning coalitions throughout the state.Read More »
The Tampa Bay Business Journal has recognized Manatee County Early Learning Coalition board members with the 2016 Outstanding Directors Award.Read More »
The Early Learning Coalition of Broward County is looking for interested, qualified applicants for three board member positions.Read More »
Rule 6M-4.620 goes into effect late October 2016Read More »
Get ready for fun fall learning, take the first steps to prevent bullying and learn more about the importance of your child's health at an early age.Read More »
Early Learning Coalition of Orange County announces Governor Rick Scott's board appointments.Read More »
Get the latest news about early learning events across Florida in September's Early Learning Update.
Discover early literacy events taking place in October. Attend a conference or participate in an upcoming race. Read about a new CEO who's taken over the helm of an early learning coalition.Read More »
The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County will have a new CEO effective Monday, Sept. 12.Read More »
Baby safety, Grandparents Day, international literacy importance and more in September's Parents' Pages.
Help your children gain new wisdom from their elders during Grandparents Day on Sept. 11 and learn how you can celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month through Oct. 15.Read More »
Conferences, initiatives and annual events take over this month's issue of the Early Learning Update.Read More »
The newly named chief operating officer for the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida, Kim Usa, will be stressing the importance of quality early education.Read More »
Find tips for heading back to school and how to continue learning every day and everywhere in August's Parents' Pages.
We're heading back to school in the latest issue of Parents' Pages. Discover how to make this school year great with a new app and other learning tools.Read More »
Florida is one of nine states and territories that will be part of the Impact Project. The project is intended to help develop a participant's capacity to provide quality early education to young children from low-income families.Read More »
Prepare for mosquitoes before you have fun on the go, at home, with water and in nature.Read More »
State agencies to hold informational meetings across Florida to discuss new regulations that will impact child care providers.
Florida's Office of Early Learning and Department of Children and Families Office of Child Care Regulation will be traveling together around the state. The two offices will host provider meetings to discuss recent federal and state statutory changes to school readiness and child care regulations, as well as changes to background screening requirements that affect all child care and school readiness program providers.Read More »
Celebrate Fourth of July safely and continue teaching literacy throughout summer with July's Parents' Pages.
Learn what precautions to take while celebrating the Independence Day holiday, prepare for your children's immunizations and keep learning throughout the summer.Read More »
Local officers read to students with the "books and badges" program and organizations team together to promote the #BringABook initiative.Read More »
Celebrate Great Outdoors Month, while preparing for summer heat and mosquitoes with June's Parents' Pages.
While summer is full of fun in the sun, it's important to prepare your family for anything. Learn how to prevent a heatstroke tragedy during Florida's increasingly high temperatures and how to ward off pesky mosquitoes in June's Parents' Pages.Read More »
May's Early Learning Update focuses on an innovative app for parents and a new name for a special needs scholarship.
A new, innovative app, known as Vroom, promotes brain-building moments for young children and the Gardiner Scholarship program helps parents of children with special needs pay for tuition and more.Read More »
Discover how to keep your baby safe around water and make play spaces safe at home in May's Parents' Pages.
See how a mother's nurturing affects a baby's future development. Practice safe swimming skills with little ones. Step away from the electronics and take steps outside. Read these stories in May's Parents' Pages.Read More »
Orlando Police Department and Early Learning Coalition of Orange County collaborate to promote early literacy
An initiative between the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County and the Orlando Police Department helps create early readers.Read More »
The second Sunday in May has long been recognized as the day to honor mothers and their commitment to children. The Friday before Mother’s Day, May 6, 2016, is Provider Appreciation Day, a special day to recognize child care providers, teachers, school-age program staff, child care center directors and staff, and all those who work with children and are responsible for their education and care.Read More »
Early Learning Coalition of Orange County to recognize two community leaders for their advocacy of early childhood education.
Saturday, June 11, 2016, the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County will host its 6th annual The First Five Years Gala at Epcot’s World Showplace Pavilion. This year, the coalition will be honoring long-time gala co-hosts, Dick Batchelor and Tico Perez, with the Toni Jennings Early Learning Champion Award for their dedication and advocacy of early care and education programs in Orange County.Read More »
The Early Learning Coalition of Orange County is promoting a love of reading by building positive relationships with children and law enforcement.Read More »
Florida parents whose children are born between Feb. 2 and Sept. 1 in a calendar year will soon have the option to enroll their children in Florida's free, Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program in either of two years.Read More »
Because of the large number of providers still applying for the 2016-17 Early Learning Performance Funding Project, the online application will remain available until midnight Friday, April 29.Read More »
Spring is in full bloom throughout Florida, making it the perfect time to get outside with your children to try fun, new activities.Read More »
House Bill 7029 was one of 20 bills Gov. Scott signed yesterday and will take effect July 1, 2016.Read More »
Pinwheels are raising awareness to prevent child abuse, performance funding builds on past success and early learning coalitions look forward to upcoming events and conferences.Read More »
Questions about toilet training? Getting your child to want healthy foods? Read this month's Parents' Pages.
Learn more about the importance of reading aloud with your child and practicing healthy eating habits this March.Read More »
Read Across America and promoting early literacy take front and center alongside coalition news.Read More »
Learn how you can celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday and teach empathy and wondering in February's Parents' Pages. Read these articles and more.Read More »
Paula Kendrick, Fresh from Florida Kids chef, will judge entries from VPK programs as part of the month-long celebration of VPK’s 10th birthday. The judging will take place Friday, Feb. 12, beginning at 10:15 a.m. at the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend Region's Tallahassee offices.Read More »
It's not too late to celebrate VPK's 10th birthday! Find out more about that and coalition news in February's Early Learning Update.
Check out the latest on our VPK birthday celebration and good news surrounding coalitions statewide.Read More »
Florida leaders who helped start VPK gathered in front of the steps of the historic old Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 26, to help celebrate the early learning program's 10-year mark.Read More »
Community leaders and guests attended a breakfast event in Winter Park hosted the the Orange County early learning coalition that focused on the importance of early learning.Read More »
The Early Learning Coalition of Orange County was pleased to find they were the recipients of a $50,000 grant from the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, A McCormick Foundation Fund. The $50,000 is eligible for match contributions of $15.67 per each dollar raised, providing more than $780,000 to help move children off of the waiting list and into safe, affordable early care services.Read More »
Take part in Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!Read More »
Governor Rick Scott has signed a proclamation to recognize Jan. 26, 2016, as the 10-year milestone for Florida's Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program.Read More »
Month of statewide events and activities recognizing early learning program’s 10-year mark will kick off in Tallahassee during Children’s Capitol for a Day.Read More »
Hard work moved some important early learning projects forward in 2014-2015 that will have a positive impact on quality and efficiency for young children and families in Florida.Read More »
The December issue of Parents' Page is full of information on how to prepare your child for holiday events and how to remain active throughout the season. Read these articles and more.Read More »
Governor Rick Scott has appointed six board members to the Child Care Executive Partnership, a public/private partnership that helps employers meet the needs of a growing segment of their workforce – working parents. Through CCEP, federal and state funding is “matched” with contributions from local governments, charitable foundations and private businesses on a dollar-for-dollar basis to provide child care services to participating families, effectively doubling the funding available to provide early child education and care to the children of Florida’s working families in these communities.Read More »
Have a special memory of VPK's early years? You're invited to share them.Read More »
Three Florida early learning coalitions part of statewide pilot to focus on early childhood development.
The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County is leading a new pilot program that will include Florida as the newest state in Save the Children's US network of programs. The organization will bring its Early Steps to School Success program to Manatee, Polk and Miami-Dade counties.Read More »
Governor Rick Scott's proposed 2016-2017 budget continues to invest in early learning.Read More »
Florida's VPK program started in 2005, and there are plenty of reasons to celebrate its 10 years of success.Read More »
A new online course is available for instructors to teach students math at a young age.Read More »
Early childhood educators interested in T.E.A.C.H. scholarships can now use the program to work toward a bachelor's degree in early childhood education.Read More »
Second year of early learning performance funding pilot project gets underway as child care providers from first year receive checks.Read More »
The Center State Bank in East Boca Raton decided to host a school supplies drive for children enrolled in the School Readiness Program.Read More »
The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County was recognized for publishing NEXTGEN Family Magazine.Read More »
379 school readiness child care providers learned last week that they had been chosen to participate in the second year of the Early Learning Performance Funding Pilot Project.Read More »
Last year, hundreds of child care providers participated in a first year pilot project to improve outcomes for children in the School Readiness Program. The pilot was such a success that it is being offered again this year.Read More »
The July issue of Parent's Pages is full of information about your children's development and how to keep them healthy. Read these articles and more.Read More »
The Association of Early Learning Coalitions has awarded the Honorable Senator Bill Galvano the “Early Learning Champion Award.”Read More »
After serving as interim executive director of the Office of Early Learning for seven months, Rodney J. MacKinnon has been named to fill the permanent position.Read More »
Governor Scott has signed into law the 2015-16 "KEEP FLORIDA WORKING" budget. Providing an historic total of $19.7 billion in funding for students, and a per-student spending increase of $207, early learning advocates across the state are applauding the Governor for his support of early child education and care.Read More »
Summer is a great time to encourage reading. See how the Early Learning Coalition of Escambia County supports success.Read More »
Early learning coalition executives work to ensure services to young children and families throughout their region. A News-Press article featuring Susan Block, CEO of the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida, focuses on her positive impact in the community.Read More »
Ideas to honor dads, avoid the summer slide, have fun with grandparents, and more in June's Parents' Pages.
June's Parents' Pages has great ideas for dads not only for Father's Day but throughout the year along with tips to help your child avoid the summer slide and much more.Read More »
The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County won the top award in the education category among non-profits from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.Read More »
The Summer 2015 issue of Provider's Focus Magazine published by the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County is full of interesting information for child care providers.Read More »
Coalitions across the state had a busy spring, and new community initiatives are underway in North Florida .Read More »
Pinellas early learning coalition's Officer Friendly program makes headlines.Read More »
Learning doesn't have to be tedious. There are great ways to combine learning and outdoor activity. New apps help turn learning into fun, also.Read More »
Nationally renowned early childhood education researchers were in Tallahassee March 26 and shared results from some of their studies with early learning staff and guests.Read More »
A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a 7.1 percent in obesity rates among preschool children from disadvantaged families in Florida.Read More »
Are temper tantrums unavoidable? Not necessarily. Parents' Pages has tips that may help prevent them.
Challenging child behavior can prove challenging to all involved. This month's issue of Parents' Pages includes some strategies to help prevent and/or deal with them.Read More »
How many children learn to read with the help of an encouraging grandparent? More than you might imagine. See how grands do it!Read More »
As the 2015 legislative session begins, look for possible new early learning legislation.Read More »
Cooperation among federal, state and local agencies leads to arrest for childcare benefits fraud in Miami.
An investigation involving federal, state and local officials led to the arrest of three people in Miami in a child care benefits-for-cash scheme.Read More »
February brings Valentine's Day, the Great Backyard Bird Count and more activities for families with young children.Read More »
Governor’s “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” Budget Invests Over $1 Billion in Early Education for Florida’s Children
Governor Scott’s 2015-16 “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” budget recommends $1.06 billion in funding for early child education and care, an increase of approximately $33.5 million. The proposed funding includes a $46 per-child increase in the base student allocation for VPK, $30 million for a statewide initiative to decrease the school readiness program waiting list, and money for teacher scholarships and training.Read More »
In 2013-2014, initiatives from the year before began culminating in more efficient governance, increased accountability, greater transparency and higher quality in early learning across Florida. House Bill 7165 became law and guided much of the work within the Office of Early Learning.Read More »
The December issue of Early Learning Update is full of highlights about early learning from coalitions and programs around the state.Read More »
While holidays can sometimes be hectic, there are ways to simplify them at the same time you're creating special memories and traditions. Read December's Parents' Pages for some tips.Read More »
Early learning providers join to celebrate early reading skills during Celebrate Literacy Week.Read More »
Check out the latest news about early learning around the state and read about the latest early learning technology news.Read More »
Parenting a newborn? Be flexible. A toddler? Be consistent. Read November's Parents' Pages for more tips.Read More »
The Office of Early Learning is in the process of notifying school readiness providers who have been selected to participate in the performance funding pilot project as part of the pilot or comparison groups.Read More »
OEL Inspector General Rodney MacKinnon has issued the September fraud report.Read More »
More than 1,000 child care providers who offer school readiness have applied to be part of the Early Learning Performance Funding Pilot. Those selected will soon learn whether or not they will be part of the project.Read More »
Pediatricians have a new prescription for parents to give to their children to enhance language development and literacy skills: a daily dose of reading together.Read More »
Whether it's your child's first day of being in a school, preschool or child care setting or their first day back from a summer vacation, a little planning can help you and your child have a successful transition.Read More »
In less than two days, nearly 200 individuals have enrolled in a new online course for VPK instructors.Read More »
This August, Stacy Phillips of Pensacola, Fla. will see her daughter turn five and start her first day of kindergarten, enrolled in a mainstream class like other girls her age. A year ago, she didn’t think that would be possible. The situation changed, thanks to a special VPK program.Read More »
Early Learning: The It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget provides $396.1 million for the Voluntary Pre-K (VPK) program and increases funding by $54 per student, and $555.5 million for the School Readiness Program, including an increase of $3 million to further expand school readiness services. The budget includes $10.5 million for an early learning performance pilot program to award child care providers and instructors for improving quality.Read More »
OEL Inspector General Rodney MacKinnon has issued his monthly fraud report.Read More »
An annual report by the National Institute for Early Education Research released today ranks Florida high in pre-K access, but lower according to their quality standards. Those "standards" do not include results of children who attend prekindergarten. Florida focuses on results, not benchmarks that may or may not impact an effective early learning experience.Read More »
A relatively new VPK option for children with special needs proved to be just the ticket for one mom and her 4-year-old.Read More »
Governor Rick Scott highlighted increased funding for early childhood education at the Science and Discovery Center of Northwest Florida. The Governor’s “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget” proposes $1.1 billion in state funding for early childhood education and care. This is an increase of $59 million and the largest boost for early learning in the past decade.Read More »
Governor Rick Scott highlighted a report that shows for the fifth consecutive year Florida students who completed the Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program were better prepared for kindergarten than those who only attended part of the program or did not participate in VPK at all. Governor Scott’s 2014-15 “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget” calls for investing more in VPK. This would be the first increase in the VPK student allocation in three years.Read More »
Hundreds of thousands of young children and families in Florida stand to benefit from Governor Rick Scott’s 2014-15 “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget.” Signaling his strong commitment to programs that support his top two priorities—education and jobs—the Governor is proposing $1.1 billion in state funding for early child education and care—an increase of $59 million.Read More »