December 2014

Tara Laxer
December 1, 2014

 Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County News Inclusion Services Are Here!

We are so excited about the new Inclusion Services provided by the Coalition. We would also like to welcome Maria Gutierrez, Inclusion Specialist to the team! These services include consultations for child care centers and family child care homes regarding health, development, disabilities and special needs issues of the children that our providers are serving. We also have trainings to support parents as well. Both parents and providers have the opportunity to participate in technical assistance trainings including developmental screening, individual child development, and classroom management. We also have Inclusion Warm Line at 1-888-620-9190.

Provider Trainings Our great staff at the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County is offering several trainings for both parents and providers at various locations through Palm Beach County. For our providers, trainings about teacher interactions with children ranging in age from infant through toddler are offered; and for Palm Beach County’s parents, trainings to encourage developmentally-appropriate discipline strategies for children ranging in age from birth to five years old, the Coalition now has these trainings available for YOU! The classes are first come, first serve and you must register to reserve your space.

WPTV and The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County We were so happy to work with WPTV this week on a segment about the fun downloads for our littlest learners for the holiday season. The segment featured board member Kathy Wininger from The Appleseed School in Boca Raton. We will be sure to let you know when it will be airing.


Article of Interest

A Look Inside the Revised Child Care Development Block Grant Bill By Christina Samuels on November 18, 2014 2:03 PM Late Monday, the U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan revision of the Child Care Development Block Grant, which now heads to the president's desk for his signature. Lawmakers and early-childhood advocates hailed the passage of the bill, which helps low-income families pay for child care. It has not been revised since 1996. Here's a look back at the history of the law, and some of the notable changes.

The history Back in 1990, Congress approved the first federal child-care bill to be enacted since World War II. As Education Week reported in 1990, the bill was part of a larger package of grants and tax credits. The cost at the time was estimated to be $2.5 billion over three years. States are required to provide a matching sum to use the funds. In 1996, lawmakers consolidated the provisions of the CCDBG program with three other federal child-care programs connected to welfare, then known as Aid to Families with Dependent Children. The three programs provided free child care to families on welfare; 12 months of "transitional" child care for families who had left the welfare program because they got jobs; and child-care subsidies to families at risk of ending up on welfare. Those three programs, which each had different rules and requirements, were repealed as a part of an overhaul of the welfare system that same year.

The new child care grant program provided assistance to low-income families, regardless of their welfare status. Education Week wrote at the time of passage that spending on the program was increased by $4 billion to $13.85 billion over six years, but some advocates were worried the money would not stretch far enough.

The changes Although the 1996 revision was the last time the child-care block grant law was modified, it has continued to receive discretionary funding since then. Among the changes in the new bill: • Regulated and licensed providers must have a pre-licensure inspection. Both licensed and license-exempt providers must be inspected annually, unless the provider is related to all the children in his or her care.

• States must create training requirements that enable child-care providers to promote the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of children.

• States must provide to parents consumer education on child-care options and quality, child-care assistance, and other early-learning programs.

• The minimum initial eligibility period for families must be 12 months, which would reduce some situations where families lose their eligibility for child care soon after getting a job or a pay increase.

• States will be encouraged to maintain child-care assistance for at least three months after a family member loses a job.

• States must set aside 7 percent of the child-care block grant funds for quality improvement activities, which increases over time to 9 percent in the 5th and subsequent fiscal years after the bill is enacted.

Barbara Mikulski, a Democratic senator from Maryland and one of the bill's top supporters, said in a speech on the Senate floor that modifications approved Monday night are intended to create a bill that does more than serve as an aid to get families back to work: "What we know today, but didn't know 18 years ago, is that the most rapid period of development for the brain happens in the first five years of life.

That is why it is so imperative that we ensure our young children are in high-quality child-care programs that give kids building blocks for a lifetime of success. It is not enough to ensure that kids have someplace to go. We must ensure that they go someplace safe that nurtures their development, challenges their mind and prepares them for school."

Events in the Community

Local Bill Hearing: December 15, 2014 at the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County delegation will be meeting to address local bills for next year’s upcoming state legislative session. To learn more about your Palm Beach County delegation and the hearings,


We are so excited to have Tana Ebbole, CEO of the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, open the meeting; with local Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten students from Bright Horizons in Boynton Beach reciting the pledge. Adam Hasner, Chairman of the Board  of the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County, in unison with a CSC representative will present our local legislative priorities as well

. *A special thank you to Rachel Ondrus, Executive Director of the delegation for assisting us on the upcoming hearing in our backyard!

Upcoming events at Palm Beach Opera A night at the opera is always an unforgettable experience! Join Palm Beach Opera this season for its main stage operas, community and special events. Palm Beach Opera is dedicated to producing live opera at an international standard of excellence and to enriching the life of the communities it serves with a diverse offering of educational programs. Click here to view the 2015 season calendar.

Upcoming events and programs include: Concerts in the Classroom Experience the magic of opera without leaving the classroom! Palm Beach Opera’s Young Artists will sing arias and ensembles from favorite operas and discuss elements of opera with students. Palm Beach Opera will customize the repertoire for maximum relevance to curriculum. The program is free and requires a tuned piano. To schedule your presentation, please call 561.833.7888 or email Discover Opera! December 15, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center at Palm Beach State College, 1977 College Dr., Belle Glade

Experience performances by Palm Beach Opera’s Young Artists and discover what opera is really about. This free School Time Series Concert is presented by Palm Beach Opera and is open to all Glades area schools grades K-12. This event is not open to the general public. Palm Beach Opera will provide funding for bus transportation upon request. For free tickets, please call 561.993.1160. Opera Rehearsal 101 Rehearsals begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. before each performance Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach Opera Rehearsal 101 is open to middle and high school groups of 10 or more with teacher supervision.

Admission is free, however, tickets are required and seats are limited. Reserve your seats online at Palm Beach Opera presents The Daughter of the Regiment March 21, 11:30 a.m. Education Station opens, 1 p.m. Performance begins Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach Experience Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment with full orchestra, lavish scenery, chorus, and Palm Beach Opera’s talented Young Artists in an abridged 90 minute version. Set changes take place with an open curtain, giving children an exclusive glimpse into how the magic happens on the opera stage! Arrive before the show at 11:30 a.m. in the lobby to visit “education stations,” featuring activities for children of all ages. After the performance, stay to receive autographs! All tickets are $5.

For more information, please call 561.833.7888 or visit

WELLINGTON — Area students are invited to participate in the 5th Annual Underage Drinking Prevention School Bus Poster Contest, sponsored by the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition. The number of teens that drink every month in Palm Beach County is 4 percent higher than the national average, according to the coalition. “This community-supported project allows us to make positive strides against this statistic,” executive director Jeff Kadel said in a statement. The contest offers students more than $6,000 worth of prizes, including a $500 scholarship and premium Adobe software for the top two students in high school, middle school and elementary school. The deadline to submit all entries is Dec. 5. “This year’s theme is Stand Tall Above Alcohol, and we are looking for kids in grades K-12 to do just that by creating a poster that shows them taking a positive stand for an alcohol-free lifestyle,” said Tom Carreras, member of Wellington Rotary and lead volunteer on the project. An awards ceremony is planned for Feb. 11. The top entries will be displayed this winter at the South Florida Fair and winning entries will also be displayed on school buses and displayed at Palm Beach County libraries. The contest is sponsored by the coalition, the Wellington Rotary Club, the School District of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the South Florida Fair, Adobe, the Hanley Center and Allstate. Rules and entry forms can be found at For more information, contact Alexa Lee at 561-844-5952 or

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