The Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County provides numerous resources for parents who want to get their child ready for school.
Voluntary Pre-K is a parental choice; therefore, both private and public providers may participate. VPK providers have flexibility in structuring the hours per day and days per week to meet the required instructional hours.
School Readiness programs were launched in 1999. The Florida Legislature created local coalitions and gave them the responsibility to develop an integrated School Readiness Program with the goal to prepare children for success in school through early education and care programs. That meant transferring programs managed by state agencies for low-income families to programs managed by a local board. In 2005, the State of Florida added the Universal Voluntary Pre-K Program. Now the Coalition oversees both School Readiness and VPK.
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Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) for Parents and Providers provides information on a variety of activities and resources. One of the most important and difficult decisions a family has to make is choosing an early learning program for their children. The environment should be safe and match their family values about learning and parenting. ELCAC is here to help.
Let’s Move! Child Care is a partnership between NACCRRA, the Let’s Move Initiative, and Nemours. Webinars for Trainers and Providers on these topics: Physical Activity, Screen Time, Food Beverages, & Infant Feeding, can be found on their website.
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