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Palmetto, FL 34221
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MON - THU
7:00am - 6:00pm
FRI by appt only
We will be closed Monday, February 15 in observance of the Presidents' Day Holiday.
VPK CELEBRATES 10 YEARS!
10 years strong and growing! VPK’s Birthday Celebration will kick off on January 26 during Children’s Day at the Capitol as a part of Children’s Week. VPK programs, parents, teachers, and students are encouraged to participate in various statewide events. Enter to WIN PRIZES as part of VPK’s 10th Birthday Celebration! Learn more…
We currently have an opening for a Family Services Specialist. See our Employment Opportunities for more information.
NOTICE OF PROVIDER FOCUS GROUP
On Tuesday, January 12, 2016 the ELC of Manatee County will be hosting a Provider Focus Group with our Florida's Office of Early Learning Accountability Monitoring Team. Participating providers are part of a random sampling and have been chosen by Office of Early Learning. Providers who have been invited to attend will need to RSVP with Robin Bullard at (941) 757-2900 ext. 262 or via email at email@example.com by January 4th. For general questions, please contact our Provider Relations Department.
ELC RECEIVES CONGRATULATORY LETTER FROM CONGRESS
The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County recently received a letter from Congressman Vern Buchanan in recognition of the Barry Jones Business Partner Empowerment Award for NEXTGEN Family Magazine and the Coalition’s contribution to the Manatee County School District. Read More…
ELC WINS BUSNESS PARTNER EMPOWERMENT AWARD!
The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County was today honored at the 25th Annual Manatee County Chamber of Commerce and The Manatee County School Board - Business & Education Partnership Awards with the prestigious Barry Jones Business Partner Empowerment Award. We were awarded this for our publishing of the NEXTGEN Family Magazine and our partnership with its distribution throughout the school district. ELC of Manatee County CEO, Paul Sharff, said, “Our entire staff is to be congratulated on yet another award. We are extremely proud of NEXTGEN and how it has grown quickly to become an integral part of the local community.”
NEW FAMILY PORTAL
We welcome Florida's new Early Learning Family Portal – an online option for applying for School Readiness child care assistance. Visit the Early Learning Family Portal, create an account, and then apply. Contact our Family Services Department at 941-757-2910 for questions or assistance with the new online application.
FLORIDA WINEFEST & AUCTION AWARDS $5,000 GRANT TO ELC FOR EARLY LITERACY PROGRAM IN MANATEE COUNTY
The Early Learning Coalition 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
Did you know that Teaching Strategies Gold assessments are to be implemented starting with AP3 this 2015-16 VPK school year? The latest VPK Assessment Informational Flyer was updated as of October 30th. Please complete the survey to help the ELC determine the need for support. Teaching Strategies Gold (TSG) is ongoing observational process of documentation that takes time. All teachers who observe and record the assessments are required to complete and pass the Teaching Strategies Gold Basic training (12 hours either online or face to face) prior to assessing the children. All designated VPK lead teachers should have completed the training by March 1, 2016. Please send any Certificates of Completion or DCF Training Transcripts to the ELC and check our training calendar periodically for TSG training.
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...
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Integrating the Standards: Phonological Awareness 4/19/16
Participants explore creating a developmentally appropriate activity, related to a benchmark ...