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ELCHC Newsletter: Q4 April – June 2023

A Message from the CEO

Summertime is here, and in Hillsborough County, it’s our opportunity as parents to ensure that learning continues through the summer months. Research shows that 90% of a person’s brain develops by age 5, making this period a critical time for learning and development. We must remember that learning and playtime go hand in hand. Through play, children develop creativity, problem-solving skills, and social-emotional growth.

As parents, we can play a vital role in our children’s development by engaging in activities that stimulate their brains while being fun. With intentional brain-building activities during the summer break, we can give our children the tools they need to thrive in school and life. Here are some fun and educational activities to engage your child in brain-building experiences:

  • Reading aloud: share stories and watch their imagination soar
  • Singing songs: encourage language development through music and rhythm
  • Playing games: strengthen problem-solving skills with puzzles and memory games
  • Exploring nature: nurture curiosity by discovering the world around them
Dr. Fred Hicks

I also want to congratulate the recent Voluntary Prekindergarten graduates in Hillsborough County. Your success is a testament to the power of early learning and the dedication of parents, teachers, and the entire community in supporting your educational journey. Keep up the excellent work! 

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Play, Learn, and Grow Together: ELCHC’s Community Events

Day of Play: Nature in the Park

On April 15, 2023, we held our 3rd Day of Play event at Jackson Springs Community Rec Center in Town 'n Country. With 148 attendees and over 20 vendors, it was a day filled with joy and exploration. Families had the opportunity to enjoy a nature book trail and engage in activities such as making T-shirts and rainmakers, as well as picking out books to take home. The event emphasized the importance of play and parent engagement in early childhood development. On June 10, 2023, we hosted our 4th and final Day of Play for the fiscal year at Julian B Lane Park, which attracted over 350 attendees! Families were treated to various activities, including a splash pad and engaging activities from more than 15 vendors.

On My Way to Kindergarten: Five 4 Five

On June 3, 2023, we hosted our annual On My Way to Kindergarten Backpack event, where we provided over 150 backpacks to children entering kindergarten. The event focused on five key areas: literacy, STEM, social-emotional development, social studies, and gross motor skills. Children had a great time with face painting, dancing at Club Kindergarten with Ready Freddy, and engaging in activities that encouraged creativity and sensory exploration.

Teacher's Night Out at the Museum

On May 12, 2023, Teacher's Night Out was held as a special evening for providers in the community. Over 250 providers attended the event at the Glazer Children's Museum, wearing adventurous outfits as they explored the museum's interactive activities. The night was filled with karaoke, raffles, games, giveaways, and valuable networking opportunities. The aim of Teacher's Night Out was to energize providers and equip them with resources and connections for the upcoming year, fostering a sense of community and support among them.

Support Our Mission

Create a BRIGHTER future for Hillsborough County by investing in early learning!

How you can support early learning in the workplace: 

  • Champion early learning within your organization and support family-friendly policies.

  • Participate in the School Readiness match program for quality childcare.

  • Encourage staff to enroll qualifying children in Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten.

  • Provide the “Find Child Care” link for employees to browse suitable childcare options.

  • Refer employees to our Financial Assistance Page if they need help with childcare costs.

  • Contact communityrelations@elchc.org for an HR packet and childcare resources.

Your contribution can strengthen your workforce and internal culture by improving employees’ ability to work and earn more, reducing missed workdays, and increasing productivity. Employees’ children enrolled in School Readiness will have equal access to and participate in a safe, high-quality early learning program. Investing in early childhood education is an investment in your business, the local economy, and our entire Hillsborough County. 

REGISTRATION

All registrations for IECP learning events and workshops are completed online. Registrations are received on a first-come, first-served basis and seating Is limited. An account to our online platform is required for all learning event registrations regardless of cost or type of payment used.

PAYMENT

Payment, if required, can be made online at the time of registration. Cash or money order can be accepted on location 48 hours prior to the start of a learning event.

REGISTRATION CANCELLATION POLICY

Registrants have up to 48 hours before a scheduled learning event to cancel. A refund will be made to the online account on file. Cash or money order payments will be issued a credit through the online platform If an event is cancelled 48 hours before, or if we cancel an event due to low enrollment or unexpected circumstances.

LEARNING EVENT CANCELLATION POLICY

The event sponsor reserves the right to cancel a learning event due to low registration. If a session is cancelled, those registered will be contacted by email and notified of the cancellation. A credit will be applied to the cnline account on file.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

You are encouraged to log on virtually or arrive in person 5-10 minutes prior to the start time of your learning event. Participants arriving more than 15 minutes late WILL NOT BE ADMITTED TO THE SESSION. Partial in-service credit may be offered, if applicable. Make up sessions WILL NOT BE OFFERED for any learning event. ANTI-

DISCRIMINATION POLICY

The IECP shall not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability/handicap, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation or age in any aspect of learning event, training workshop or professional development. The ELCHC also reasonably accommodates individuals with disabilities, handicaps and/or religious beliefs.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA)

Any person with a disability/handicap requiring reasonable accommodations should call 813.515.2340 no later than seven business days prior to the scheduled learning event.

LEARNER SECURITY POLICY

The ELCHC strives to protect the privacy of learners that attend our learning events. Because each learner must register through our online learning platform, each record Is restricted from public access. Learners can obtain a copy of their certifications as well as their own demographic/contact Information provided. For online support, learners may call 813.515.2340 for assistance accessing their records. Learners are required to verify their Identification at all learning events by showing a state or government issued ID with photograph.

PROPRIETARY INTEREST POLICY

Individuals who participate in ELCHCs learning events have the right to know about the proprietary interest a trainer/ Instructor may have in a product or service prior to attending. All trainers/instructors are required to disclose proprietary Interest In any produce Instrument device, service and/ or materials discussed at an event training, program, or workshop, as well as the source of any compensation related to the presentation.

CEU AWARD POLICY

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) may be awarded for all learning events three hours or longer in duration. Learning events less than three hours will be awarded in-service hours upon completion. CEUs will be awarded upon successful completion of the learning event. To successfully complete the learning event, learners must arrive on time, attend all required sessions, be an active participant and complete all related assignments or surveys as defined by the trainer/instructor. Online training must have an engagement score of 75% or more. For all online training – CAMERAS MUST BE ON – NO EXCEPTIONS. Participants names for online training must match the name provided at registration. Any required assignments or surveys will be outlined in the Training Description on our online platform. Learners are encouraged to contact trainers/ instructors with any questions and/or clarification needed regarding the successful completion of assignments or surveys. In-service hours will be awarded in place of CEUs if the learner does not meet the requirements of successful completion as defined by the instructor/trainer.
* Trainings may be recorded for educational purposes.

ACHIEVEMENT BONUS

To earn an achievement bonus, you must be teaching in Hillsborough County and meet all the requirements of the course, including pre/post assessments, homework assignments, reflection, and LMS instructor evaluation (if applicable). Each individual is limited to four training achievement bonuses per training cycle, and bonuses will not be given for previously completed coursework. Additionally, a W9 form must be submitted, and the address on the form must match the address on your LMS account. If you have any questions, please contact Abbey Landa at alanda@elchc.org.

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

Upon the successful completion of a learning event/ training participants will receive a Certificate of Completion that can be retrieved from their individual online account

CHILD CARE

All learning events/training sessions are designed for adult audiences. We ask that all registrants make the necessary childcare arrangements. Childcare is not available.