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Dear friends,

Over the past few weeks, the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe has had the honor of participating in two major events, the Children First: Envisioning Our Future conference on September 27th and Jumpstart’s nationally celebratedRead for the Record® campaign this past Tuesday, October 21st.

I am happy to report that the Children First: Envisioning Our Future conference exceeded our expectations. The feedback from providers and other participants has been extraordinary. The conference was sold out with a total of 700 participants, 92 sessions and 94 presenters. The conference was held at Southwest Miami Senior High school, whose staff and volunteers were extremely generous and accommodating. Volunteers also included JP Morgan Chase, Citrus Health Network, FIU, Family Central, The Children’s Forum, and the South Florida Association for the Education of Young Children, and MDCPS provided translation equipment for the participants.

ZERO TO THREE Director Matthew Melmed who served as keynote speaker did an excellent job, and the closing session was conducted by Shawn Brown, courtesy of the Nemours Foundation. All of our speakers received great reviews, including Early Learning Coalition Board Chair Adrian Alfonso and Statewide Director of The Children’s Movement of Florida Vance Aloupis.

On Tuesday, the Coalition hosted more than 30 Read for the Record® reading events at diverse locations across Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. I’d like to personally thank our featured guest readers including Senator Dwight Bullard, Adrian Alfonso, Vance Aloupis and CNC staff Sonia Lopez, Ana Gonzalez, and Teresita Hernandez. Thank you for taking the time to read Bunny Cakes with us and make a difference in the lives of children.

Also, a special thank you to our Max & Ruby characters represented by Lakeshore Representative Ron Mohl, Senator Rudy Garcia, Mariana Cortez at Bunnie Cakes bakery, and all our amazing providers and Coalition staff that helped to make this event such a great success.

Promoting early literacy is crucial to ensuring the future success of our children, and being to do so in a fun way that engages the community makes events like Read for the Record® and Children First all the more important. It is truly exciting to see the impact these events had on the community, and has inspired the theme for next year’s conference, Children First: Literacy is a Family Affair on September 19th, 2015. By working together, we can continue to promote early literacy throughout our community.

Sincerely,

Evelio C. Torres

President & CEO


 

 
 
 
 
 
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Updates and News

  • October 20, 2014:  Effective November 1, 2014, the grace period for payment adjustments and transfer requests will come to an end.  Read more.
  • October 12, 2014: If you haven't already, start following the Early Learning Coalition on social media to learn more about Read for the Record®. Read more.
  • October 9, 2014: The Early Learning Coalition is teaming up with Jumpstart's Read for the Record® to shine a light on the importance of early literacy.  Read more.
  • October 7, 2014: Guidance for Daycares and Schools: Receiving Students or Staff from Areas Affected by Ebola. Read more.
  • October 1, 2014: The Early Learning Business Alliance was launched yesterday in Orlando. It's Florida's most significant gathering of top business leaders (Disney, Florida Blue, PNC, Publix and others) who will be focused on progress in "school readiness" and high-quality early learning. It's under the umbrella of the Florida Chamber in significant alliance with Florida TaxWatch and the Council of 100 Connect with the Children's Movement of Florida.
  • September 30, 2014: The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe is excited to announce our partnership with Jumpstart's Read for the Record® campaign to promote early literacy. We need your help to support this worthy cause and help break a world reading record. Read more.
  • September 30, 2014: Read the highlights from our recent Children's First Conference.
  • September 25, 2014: There is only one day left to apply for the Early Learning Performance Funding Pilot Project! Read more.
  • September 25, 2014:The ASQ-3 Online Portal is improving! Soon you will be able to access a child's ASQ-3 results letter in the Provider Portal. Read more.
  • September 18, 2014: September and October VPK Training Schedule. Read more.
  • September 12, 2014: September is Attendance Awareness Month, a nationwide recognition of the importance of attendance on development, learning, and academic achievement. Read more.
  • September 10, 2014: The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for four childcare providers to attend the 2014 Florida Association for the Education of Young Children (FLAEYC) Conference. Read More.
  • September 5, 2014: VPK Kits No Longer Available for Pick-Up. Read more.
  • September 2, 2014: Deadline Extended to Submit Attendance. Read more.
  • September 1, 2014: Less than ONE MONTH until the Children First Conference! Read more.
  • August 28. 2014: Clarification about VPK Kits Available for Pick-Up. Read more.
  • August 28, 2014: Reminder about Reporting Absences for At-Risk Children. Read more.
  • August 27, 2014: Read the latest issue of the ELC News Alert.
  • August 26, 2014: VPK Kits Available for Pick-Up. Read more.
  • August 26, 2014: Upcoming Webinars for VPK Providers. Read more.
  • August 19, 2014: Earn CEUs at the Children First Conference! Read more. 
  • August 19, 2014: OEL has posted information for upcoming rule development workshops and hearings. Read more.
  • August 15: Save the Date to join us as we Read for the Record! Read more.
  • August 12, 2014: Reminder to order VPK Assessment Kits. Read more.
  • August 12, 2014: Join the Department of Children and Family Services in a public hearing pertaining to Gold Seal Quality Care Programs. Read more.
  • August 7, 2014: Registration is now OPEN for the Children First Conference! Read more.
  • August 5, 2014: August VPK Training Schedule. Read more.
  • August 4, 2014: All VPK COEs must be uploaded to the Provider Portal by August 8. Read more.
  • July 31, 2014: Read the latest issue of Child Care Communique from the Department of Children and Families.
  • July 23, 2014: Reminder: All proposals for the “Children First” Conference are due by July 25. Read more.
  • July 23, 2014: School Readiness Curriculum Approval Process for 2014-2015. Read more.
  • July 16, 2014: Interested in presenting at the “Children’s First” Conference? Proposals due July 25! Read more.
  • July 14, 2014: New E-Fax Number Set Up for Transfers. Read more.
  • July 11, 2014: List of Certified VPK Providers Now Available to Parents. Read more.
  • July 10, 2014: Monroe ELC email and phones are offline temporarily. Read more.
  • July 9, 2014: July 2014 News Alert is now available. Read more.
  • July 7, 2014: July 2014 Parent Link is now available. Read more.
  • June 27, 2014: ELC Email Offline This Weekend. Read more.
  • June 26, 2014: SAVE THE DATE for our Children First Conference on September 27!
  • June 25, 2014: Update from the Office of Early Learning about Upcoming VPK Rule Workshops. Read more.
  • June 24, 2014: Read the latest newsletter from the Office of Early Learning.
  • June 18, 2014: Download the presentation for the VPK Mini-Conference.
  • June 16: Join us for a Provider Meeting this week. Read more.
  • June 13: 2014-2015 Fall VPK Agreement Deadlines. Read more.
  • June 13, 2014: Come join us for the VPK Mini-Conference. Read more.
  • June 13, 2014: Have you taken our Early Head Start Program Survey yet? Read more.
  • June 13, 2014: Please join us this June for an ASQ-3 training session. Read more.
  • June 11: Join us for a VPK Mini-Conference. Read more.
  • June 9: Please join us this June for a Provider Meeting. Read more.
  • June 6, 2014: New VPK Rates for 2014-2015. Read more.
  • June 6, 2014: Read the latest issue of the ELC News Alert.
  • June 3, 2014: Required contract documents are due to the ELC by JUNE 10. Read more.
  • June 2, 2014: Hurricane Season began June 1. Read more.
  • To read previous news and updates, click here.

 

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The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring early care and education for children in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Through a variety of affordable and innovative early education and voluntary pre-kindergarten programs, the Coalition serves more than 50,000 children ages birth to 12 years old and their families.

Founded in 2000, the Coalition is among 30 similar organizations in the State of Florida established following the enactment of the School Readiness Act, which consolidated Florida’s early learning services into one integrated program.