Early Educators Conference is February 1, 2020
PROVIDERS can register for SHAKE,RATTLE & ROLL, our 2020 Early Childhood Conference, for free,beginning on January 8, 2020. The event, which takes place at Fort Pierce Central High School on Saturday, February 1, 2020, will feature breakout sessions and a keynote address by Tony Chaidez,with a focus on this year’s theme, Learning Through Movement. The conference is brought to you by St. Lucie Schools, the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County, Children’s Services Council and ALPI Headstart.
The annual conference is open to St. Lucie County Pre-kindergarten teachers, teacher assistants and directors and will include tons of freebies and chances for raffle prizes for all registered participants. Registration will be online only and the link will be published here and sent to our ELC providers, by 1/8/2020. This year, each teacher must sign up using their own email, to hold their place for the conference. All duplicate emails will be eliminated from the system, in order to be equitable to all.
FOR PROVIDERS: The Coalition (ELC) supports potential and current providers. We are available to offer information about starting a new childcare business and enhancing your program. We are also eager to assist providers with questions about the VPK and School Readiness Program. Please contact our Family Services Team at 772-595-6363 Monday through Friday, from 8-5.
Looking to Become a Coalition Provider?
The Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County contracts with childcare providers, including licensed and registered family childcare homes in good standing with the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Our contracted providers offer Coalition children quality early learning experiences in a caring environment. They include legally operating childcare providers throughout St. Lucie County.
Providers meeting state requirements and state defined quality standards may be eligible to contract with the Coalition as a School Readiness (SR) and/or Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) provider. Once contracted, a provider must continually meet state standards. The Coalition provides quality initiatives such as training and technical assistance to help providers meet quality standards.
All providers applying for a contract with the Coalition must meet all DCF requirements.
We’ve posted the DCF Requirements Information here, for your convenience:
Looking to Open a Childcare Center?
If you are looking at opening a childcare center for the first time, DCF has some helpful information for you here:
http://occf.fl-dcf.org/Opening a Childcare Center