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OEL Administrative Memo 2015

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2015 Legislation Tracking Chart

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Rays Baseball Foundation Awards ELC $5000 Grant!

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FLORIDA WINEFEST & AUCTION AWARDS A $5,000 GRANT TO THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION FOR EARLY LITERACY PROGRAM IN MANATEE COUNTY
Palmetto, Florida, April 8, 2015 – The Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of Manatee County, Inc. has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Florida Winefest & Auction, Inc. The grant is for implementing the nationally renowned "Raising a Reader" program, whose network offers an evidence-based early literacy and parent engagement program that has demonstrated improvement in the reading readiness skills of children from birth to age five. Read More...

ATTENTION VPK PROVIDERS: RE: 2013-14 VPK READINESS RATE
As many of you are aware, the VPK Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rates, per statute and rule, are calculated using the Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS). FLKRS has historically consisted of two components – observational and pre-academic skills assessments. Last fall, technology problems prevented the state from administering the pre-academic skills assessment, which, in turn, prevented the Office of Early Learning from developing a readiness rate for the 2013-2014 year. Accordingly, the office will not issue a readiness rate for the 2013-2014 year. Instead, the readiness rate status held in 2012-2013 will carry over for this year. For example, if a VPK provider was a second-year Provider on Probation (POP) in 2012-2013, they will remain a second-year POP for 2013-2014, and will be expected to continue implementing the approved improvement plan in accordance with Section 1002.67, Florida Statutes. VPK providers who received a good cause exemption following the release of the 2012-2013 readiness rates will receive individualized communication by May 29. OEL will continue to work with the Department of Education and, if necessary, revise rules later this year to adjust the way readiness rates are calculated. VPK providers and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to offer public comment during rule promulgation. Please visit https://vpk.fldoe.org/Default2.aspx for more information regarding the VPK Readiness Rate.

MANATEE COUNTY ELC HONORS LOCAL EARLY LEARNING PROGRAM CHILDCARE PROVIDERS

Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed May 8, 2015, Provider Appreciation Day in the state of Florida.
The Friday before Mother’s Day is also the national day of recognition for child care providers. Read More...

The Manatee Community Action Agency in Bradenton is now offering the state required Introduction to Child Care Courses Part 1 & 2 in Spanish! Learn More...

Manatee Community Foundation Awards $4,000 Grant to the ELC for Early Literacy Program in Manatee County!
The Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of Manatee County, Inc. has been awarded a $4,000 grant from the Manatee Community Foundation, specifically the Myers Family Charitable Fund, the Wells Fargo Fund, and the Manatee Community Foundation Unrestricted Endowment. The grant is for implementing the nationally renowned "Raising a Reader" program, whose network offers an evidence-based early literacy and parent engagement program that has demonstrated improvement in the reading readiness skills of children from birth to age five. Read more...

Manatee County celebrates Every Child A Reader Week 2015!
The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County, Inc. (ELC) is delighted to announce Every Child a Reader week April 13th-April 17th, 2015. Every Child a Reader is the result of a partnership between the Bradenton Kiwanis Club, Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Foundation and the ELC to promote early literacy. Read more...

NEXTGEN Family Magazine Issue 6
The April/May 2015 issue is now available. Visit www.nextgenmagazine.org today to read the current issue online!

ATTENTION VPK PROVIDERS
OEL has released NEW information regarding the Teaching Strategies Gold Pre and Post Assessments for VPK. Download the VPK Pre/Post Assessments for 2015-16 Flyer for more insight. Look for more information to be available as spring and summer progress. For questions, contact VPKquestions@oel.myflorida.com or call 1-866-447-1159.

Annual Report
The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County is pleased to release our 2013-14 Annual Report.

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