Window to apply for Performance Funding Project will stay open until midnight Sunday, July 30.
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.
Now starting its fourth year, the Early Learning Performance Funding Project continues to attract child care providers interested in improving outcomes for children in school readiness. The opportunity to apply ends at midnight July 23, 2017.
Florida parents and caregivers can now sign up to receive Vroom brain building tips via weekly text messages.
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.
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,
Apply to chair an early learning coalition, read about activities to encourage summer learning and more early learning news and updates.
Young children learn best by exploring their environment and summer is a great time to support their curiosity and help them learn.
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.
Father's Day celebration ideas and the importance of dads on child development. Water safety, free meals and more tips for summer.
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.
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.
Tips for negotiating with your preschooler, Mother's Day, Child Care Provider Appreciation Day and Foster Care Month.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Effective teachers and caregivers implement Developmentally Appropriate Practices to help children learn, build relationships and achieve goals.
Community partnerships bring benefits to children and families across the state. See how they work in the February edition of Early Learning Update.
Executive function skills are fundamental to building a strong foundation for the early development of both cognitive and social competencies.
One of the most common problems parents of preschoolers list is getting their preschooler to cooperate. February's Parents Pages has some tips.
Governor Rick Scott released his "Fighting for Florida's Future" budget today, which includes an increase of approximately $36.1 million for early learning.
January's Early Learning Update has news and information from and about early learning coalitions from around Florida.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November is Family Engagement Month and we are celebrating thankful families and honoring traditions passed down through generations.
October's Early Learning Update offers information from early learning coalitions throughout the state.
Rule 6M-4.620 goes into effect late October 2016
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.
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.
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.
Conferences, initiatives and annual events take over this month's issue of the Early Learning Update.
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.
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.
Prepare for mosquitoes before you have fun on the go, at home, with water and in nature.
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.
Learn what precautions to take while celebrating the Independence Day holiday, prepare for your children's immunizations and keep learning throughout the summer.
Local officers read to students with the "books and badges" program and organizations team together to promote the #BringABook initiative.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spring is in full bloom throughout Florida, making it the perfect time to get outside with your children to try fun, new activities.
House Bill 7029 was one of 20 bills Gov. Scott signed yesterday and will take effect July 1, 2016.
For the parents of 3-year-old Jameson LeMay, a vision test opened their eyes to early detection.
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.
For Jack Pease and Ava Keeney, attending VPK prepared them for a lifetime of success in learning.
Learn more about the importance of reading aloud with your child and practicing healthy eating habits this March.
Read Across America and promoting early literacy take front and center alongside coalition news.
Learn how you can celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday and teach empathy and wondering in February's Parents' Pages. Read these articles and more.
A total of six winners were announced Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in two separate VPK parfait contests. The Parfait Presentation Photo Contest and Parfait Taste Testing Contest received more than 40 entries together.
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.
Check out the latest on our VPK birthday celebration and good news surrounding coalitions statewide.
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.
Check out the latest in coalition news and learn how you can celebrate VPK's 10th Birthday.
Take part in Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In November 2002, Florida voters went to the polls and approved a Constitutional Amendment creating VPK.
Have a special memory of VPK's early years? You're invited to share them.
The first VPK classrooms opened their doors in 2005. Those first 4-year-olds are now in high school.
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.
Governor Rick Scott's proposed 2016-2017 budget continues to invest in early learning.
Florida's VPK program started in 2005, and there are plenty of reasons to celebrate its 10 years of success.
A new online course is available for instructors to teach students math at a young age.
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.
Second year of early learning performance funding pilot project gets underway as child care providers from first year receive checks.
Coalition news and a Performance Funding Project Pilot update.
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.
We've gathered together some helpful videos, articles and tips for parents with children entering preschool or kindergarten.
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.
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.
The Association of Early Learning Coalitions has awarded the Honorable Senator Bill Galvano the “Early Learning Champion Award.”
New changes and exciting transitions are making for a busy summer at the Office of Early Learning. Take a look at July's Early Learning Update.
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.
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.
Early learning coalitions across the state work within their regions to serve young children, families and their children.
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.
Coalitions across the state had a busy spring, and new community initiatives are underway in North Florida .
The Office of Early Learning joins early learning coalitions, stakeholders and families to recognize the contributions of early learning providers throughout the state on Provider Appreciation Day.
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.
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.
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.
How many children learn to read with the help of an encouraging grandparent? More than you might imagine. See how grands do it!
As the 2015 legislative session begins, look for possible new early learning legislation.
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.
February brings Valentine's Day, the Great Backyard Bird Count and more activities for families with young children.
We're starting the year off with good news for Florida's goal of becoming the top state in the nation for education.
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.
Reframing how you think about resolutions in 2015 may just help you achieve them!
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.
The December issue of Early Learning Update is full of highlights about early learning from coalitions and programs around the state.
October's fraud report shows continued progress in ensuring Florida's investment in early learning is secure.
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.
Early learning providers join to celebrate early reading skills during Celebrate Literacy Week.
Check out the latest news about early learning around the state and read about the latest early learning technology news.
Parenting a newborn? Be flexible. A toddler? Be consistent. Read November's Parents' Pages for more tips.
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.
OEL Inspector General Rodney MacKinnon has issued the September fraud report.
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.
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.
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.
In less than two days, nearly 200 individuals have enrolled in a new online course for VPK instructors.
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.
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.
OEL Inspector General Rodney MacKinnon has issued his monthly fraud report.
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.
A relatively new VPK option for children with special needs proved to be just the ticket for one mom and her 4-year-old.
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.
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.
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.