Professional Development Update
Annual Early Childhood Conference
The Annual Early Childhood Conference is Saturday, August 27, 2011 at St. Petersburg College, Gibbs Campus. Keynote speaker, Lois Wachtel will present "Art Through the Eyes of a Child" and
"Music Through the Eyes of A Child."
Practitioners will have the opportunity to choose from many informative workshops. Registration deadline is August 24, please sign up as soon as possible to guarantee your spot.
Date: August 27, 2011
Location: St. Petersburg College - Gibbs Campus
6605 Fifth Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
View the Conference Brochure
FCCH Lesson Planning 101
Are you confused, frustrated, or bewildered by lesson planning?
Join us as we explore the fun side of planning daily activities for children. We will guide you step-by-step in learning the basics of lesson planning. This workshop takes a hands-on approach to creating lesson plans that will enrich the lives of the young children in your care. Participants will return to their family child care home with a variety of learning activities to include in their lesson plans.
The first workshop will be held Saturday, September 10, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at the ELC office. To register for this training, please visit www.elcpinellas.net.
Featured Training: Cradling Literacy
This three part training series utilizes Zero to Three’s Cradling Literacy curriculum. Participants will review the role of relationships, cultures and stories in early language development and examine ways to engage families to support early language literacy.
Registration Fee: $25
CEUs Available for additional fee
Participants MUST attend all three Saturday sessions:
September 24 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
October 8 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
October 22 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
For more information see the Cradling Literacy flyer
Important Reminder for FCCH Providers
*Reminder for Family Child Care Home School Readiness Providers*
If you have not already, please fill out the Brain Research Survey located on Survey Monkey. This includes providers who have already taken the Brain Research training since 2005.
Find the Survey at www.elcpinellas.net. On the homepage under News You Can Use, click on “Brain Research Training Survey”. You will be redirected to a new page, click on the Survey Monkey link and fill out the information requested. Once the survey has been completed, you are in compliance with your School Readiness Agreement as it relates to Brain Research Training. Patty Lister will then be in contact with you to give you a special invitation to the training.
Do not worry if your count has changed, when Patty calls she will get your updated count. New hires have one year to take the training. If you have a new hire after your program has already completed the class, there will be additional classes offered.
Complete the Survey Now Click Here!
If you have any questions, please contact Patty Lister, Training & Development Coordinator at 727-548-1439 ext. 228 or email@example.com.
New Training Site in North County
The Early Learning Coalition will be offering trainings at a new location in north Pinellas. New Horizons Country Day School has agreed to let us use their wonderful training room for our north county practitioners. Thank you New Horizons!
2060 Nebraska Avenue
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
The updated Training Times for the next quarter will be posted on our website on September 1st. It will include new trainings that will be offered in October, November and December. Please go on our website at www.elcpinellas.net on September 1st to register for upcoming trainings.
Due to liability reasons, children may not attend trainings.
Core Knowledge Areas
*Attention School Readiness Providers*
Your signed School Readiness Agreement states that you must attend trainings that fall in at least four of the seven Core Knowledge Areas. In order for providers to track this information more efficiently, the Coalition has added the Core Knowledge Area to training certificates.
Reminder: Due to liability reasons, children may not attend trainings.
STEP UP Scholarships
Congratulations to all the students who received STEP UP Scholarships to attend the Early Childhood Program at St. Petersburg College! Each session the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas awards scholarships for students actively seeking an AS degree in Early Childhood. In spite of limited funding and budget cuts, the ELC is committed to supporting the scholarship program.
Reminder: If you or anyone you know has recently received a college degree (A.S. or B.S. in Early Childhood), please let us know so that we can recognize them in our newsletter.