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BOYNTON BEACH -- Tana Ebbole, longtime leader of Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, announced this week she will step down from the CEO position early next year. The CSC board on Thursday selected program chief Dr. Lisa Williams-Taylor to become CEO and lead the Council.
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Lutheran Services Florida Celebrates 50 Years of Head Start!

By: Tara Laxer
Date: October 13, 2014
Lutheran Services Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Head Start And Honor Local Leaders In Palm Beach County, Lutheran Services Head Start/Early Head Start program has 54 locations currently serving over 2,400 This year; Lutheran Services will also recognize Warren Eldridge, Chief Executive Officer of The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County, and Shelley Parker, Program Officer at Children Services Council of Palm Beach County.
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(West Palm Beach, FL) Florida’s First Lady, Ann Scott, Tuesday visited Opportunity, Inc. Early Learning Center in Palm Beach County to see firsthand the difference a quality early learning environment can make in a child’s life. Opportunity Inc. is one of the earliest sites to participate in the Quality Counts system, and one of the first child care centers in Palm Beach County to participate in the Teaching Strategies GOLD Online Pilot Program supported by Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County and the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County. Opportunity Inc. offers the School Readiness Program and developmental screenings to identify potential health or other developmental delays that may impact children’s school success.

Why is the Provider Portal's 1st and 2nd phase great for providers? As providers we are always trying to save time in order to spend more quality care in the classroom setting. It is not always easy when we have stakes of papers weighing on our desks, parents to reach out to, cleaning up our classrooms and curriculum to review. Luckily, The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County is trying to make things easier for the providers by having a Provider Portal as a new tool in order to help with time management in the classroom. There are many reasons why the Provider Portal will help providers in their day to day activities.
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Shiver me timbers! Summer camp at Milagro Center is assail! Adopting the City of Delray Beach’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading, the pirate-themed Journeys Program, Milagro Center is immersed in pirate readings and activities. Fitting with the pirate theme, Milagro’s STARS Program (K-5) has transformed Milagro into a pirate ship complete with a plank! Each week, students read books about pirates and have activities such as making eye patches, drawing their own jolly rogers, painting fish and other sea creatures, and many more enrichment activities. What Milagro’s students enjoy the most are reading the pirate books and learning about pirate life.
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Early Education Celebrates Major Milestone

By: Toni Jennings
Source: Sun Sentinel
Date: June 23, 2014
Years ago I was an elementary school teacher. Those years imprinted me with many valuable lessons, the most important of which is that academically successful children from the earliest grades are more likely to enjoy school. That belief is backed up statistically: an overwhelming 74 percent of all students who fail to read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade falter in later grades and often drop out before earning a diploma. So today, I reflect on a formidable event that took place 15 years ago addressing the educational needs of our state's youngest children. On June 15, 1999, I stood alongside Gov. Jeb Bush and a host of early education professionals in Orlando. On that day the governor signed into law The School Readiness Act that would, for the first time in Florida's history, create an organized educational system for children and a framework for early childhood development expectations.
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Provider Appreciation Day 2014

By: Tara Laxer
Date: May 9, 2014
MAY 9, 2014 IS PROVIDER APPRECIATION DAY IN FLORIDA AND THE NATION (Boynton Beach) Florida, May 9, 2014–Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed May 9, 2014, Provider Appreciation Day in the state of Florida. The Friday before Mother’s Day is also the national day of recognition for child care providers Florida is home to more than one million children younger than 5. Of these, more than 350,000 attend some type of early education program. Through the non-profit public/private partnership efforts of the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County, over 800 providers serve more than 30,000 children in the region. Coalition Chief Executive Office, Warren Eldridge said, “Early education is essential in this county, we commend the commitment to the providers, who strive for excellence for our children. We also are pleased Governor Scott has taken this opportunity to applaud those that serve Florida’s children.”
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