November 2014

Tara Laxer
November 1, 2014


The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County News


We are so excited about some innovative trainings and meetings that ELC will be hosted in the coming weeks. Please make sure you register in a timely fashion. Classes are first come and first serve for providers.

  1. Overview of ASQ Screenings
  2. Preschool Teacher-Child Interactions
  3. Infant and Toddler-Teacher-Child-Interactions
  4. Challenging Behaviors

Through the coalition, we will also be providing the needed Department of Education required classes including the following:

  1. DOE-How to administer the VPK Assessment
  2. DOE-Standards for 4 year olds
  3. DOE-Integrating the VPK Standards: Phonological Awareness
  4. VPK Assessment Training-Instructional Implications

We will also have an opportunity for our providers to take classes regarding IT and technical support on new requirements

  1. Administrative Support
  2. Overview of Provider Agreements for New Providers
  3. Overview of VPK Agreement Requirements
  4. Overview of School Readiness Agreement Requirements

The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County offers classes for our providers to assist our parents' of our smallest learners

  1. Activities to Support the Early Learning Standards
  2. Loving Discipline

Please check the full schedule at under Providers






The dedicated staff at The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County had an unusual lunch break last week.  The staff participated in the annual Pumpkin Bake Off.  The secret recipes including everything from the award winning Pumpkin Acorn Squash Soup, Pumpkin Pie Parfait to Salted Carmel Pumpkin Oatmeal Cake.  We applaud the cooks and the winners!



Chelsea Reinhardt, Program Assurance Manager, Jennifer Coleman, Assessment Manager and Lourdes Arredondo, Controller





We were pleased to join thousands of adults participating in the nationwide annual event Read for the Record.  This event locally sponsored by the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County had parents, teachers and volunteers read the same book throughout the county.  This year the book selected was Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells.  The nationwide Jumpstart Read for the Record program celebrates literacy and promotes early childhood education.  On October 21, more than 2.5 million children across the country read Wells’ book to promote literacy.  Thank you to Jumpstart and the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County.   The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County’s Krystal Wallick, Program Assurance Specialist reads to children from Bright Horizons.

Krystal Wallick, Program Assurance Manager Specialist


We are so proud of our very own Warren Eldridge, Chief Executive Officer of The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County and Shelley Parker, Program Officer from Children’s Services Council.  Both were honored at the 50th Anniversary of the Head Start Program.  Since its formation more than 31 million children have benefitted from Head Start services.  The program included inspiring words from Judge Ron Alvarez and an adorable performance from the students. The guest speaker was Mayor Masters from Riviera Beach who stressed the importance of early education.  A proclamation from Mayor Muoio was read by a staff member from Lutheran Services as well. Also in attendance was Dan Liftman, Staff Assistant to Congressman Alcee Hastings, Chris Card, the Chief Operation Officer of Lutheran Services and Dr. Julian Serrano, Executive Director of Head Start in Palm Beach County.  Chris Card and Dr. Julian Serrano directed attendees to a dedication ceremony at the Butterfly Garden.  The event was a great success.






The staff of The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County was pleased to join Children’s Services Council as they presented a sneak peek of a new PBS series, “The Raising of America, Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation. The PBS Documentary series takes a look at how we need to reframe the way we look at early childhood health and development.  The event included a panel discussion including Dr. Courtney Miller, who runs a program focused on memory disorders, PTSD and drug addiction, and Dr. Gavin Rumbaugh, who studies how brain connections impact memory and cognition.  Children’s Services Council’s Chief Program Officer Lisa Williams-Taylor and Tanya Palmer, Director of System Performance participated in the discussion as well.  


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Articles of Interest

Explaining Ebola in a non-scary way:

5 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Ebola from the Washington Post:

And the CDC’s Ebola section:



More helpful information


Remember that early voting started Monday October 29 for the Nov. 4 election, and continues through Sunday, Nov. 2. Voting times are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.


The list of early voting locations, with map and directions, is here:

Reauthorization of Children’s Services Council is listed as Countywide – Question #1, just after the three state constitutional amendments. For nearly three decades, Children’s Services Council has provided leadership, funding, services and research on behalf of the county’s children, so they grow up healthy, safe and strong. To make the biggest impact, the Council focuses on prenatal health and early childhood development so more Palm Beach County children are born healthy, are safe from abuse and neglect, are ready to learn when they enter school, and have access to quality afterschool and summer programming.


For information about reauthorization of Children’s Services Council, click here:


We invite you to share this information with your staff and within your own networks. Thank you!



Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County, a special district created

by Palm Beach County voters, provides leadership,funding and research on behalf of the county's children so they grow up healthy, safe and strong.


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Special Notice: If you require Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations to participate in any ELCPBC event or activity, please notify Christie Young, Single Point of Contact, by phone at 561-214-7424 or by email at within at least seven (7) days of the event.  Accommodations will be provided at no extra charge.