Community Coordinated Care for Children is committed to strengthening
our communities and families. It’s our belief that every child deserves
a bright and successful future. We produce this newsletter as part
of 4C’s mission to be a community leader in providing
high-quality services that improve the lives of children and families.
Florida Family Engagement in Education Month
November is Florida Family Engagement in Education Month, a time to celebrate the crucial role parents and families play in their children’s education. When schools work together with families to support learning, children are more motivated to succeed, not just in school, but throughout life. The Florida Department of Education recognizes the vital role that schools and families play throughout a child’s educational journey. Here are several Florida Family Engagement in Education resources for families:
- Five Roles Families Play to Accelerate Student Learning, click here.
- Florida Students: Educational Resources for Learning, click here.
- Just Read, Families!, click here.
- Staying Healthy and Active with Virtual and At-Home Learning, click here.
Family Engagement at Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving for some families is a time to enjoy being together or to share a festive meal with extended family. Cooking with your child is a wonderful way to teach some of the following skills:
- Fine Motor Skills: Using their hands to stir, mix or combine ingredients.
- Social and Emotional Development: Giving them a sense of belonging while you cook together.
- Language and Literacy: Giving them an opportunity to listen and follow directions
- Mathematical Thinking: Exploring and measuring ingredients.
For more information, click here.
Here are upcoming free, family-friendly events in Central Florida:
Thursday, October 26
Halloween Spooktacular, Southeast Branch Library, Orlando, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 28
Trick or Treat Safe Zone, Orlando Public Library, 10 a.m.
Halloween in the Park, Kit Land Nelson Park, Apopka, 10 a.m.
Spooktacular Candy Bash, Goldenrod Recreation Center, Winter Park, noon.
Mr. Richard Concert, Orlando Public Library, 1 p.m.
Free Movie, Ghostbusters, Lake Eola Park, Orlando, 4 p.m.
Fall-o-Ween Festival, Independence Square, Maitland, 5:30 p.m.
Free Movie, Goosebumps 2 – Haunted Halloween, Barnett Park, Orlando, 7 p.m.
Monday, October 30
Halloween Spooktacular, Hiawassee Branch Library, Orlando, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 31
Halloween Spooktacular, Windermere Branch Library, Windermere, 4 p.m.
Sunday, November 5
Fall Fiesta, Lake Eola Park, Orlando, 10 a.m.
Monday, November 6
Story Time, Leu Gardens, Orlando, 10 a.m.
Thursday, November 9
Free Movie, Frozen, Park Avenue, Winter Park, 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 11
Great Day in the Country, Oviedo, 9 a.m.
Family Studio, Rollins Museum of Art, Winter Park, 10 a.m.
Veterans Day Parade, Downtown Kissimmee, 10 a.m.
Veterans Day Parade, Downtown Orlando, 11 a.m.
Free Movie, Elemental, West Orange Trail-Chapin Station, Winter Garden, 2 p.m.
Sunday, November 12
Free Family Funday, Mennello Museum, Orlando, noon.
Friday, November 17
Free Movie, Grease, Center Lake Park, Oviedo, 5 p.m.
Free Movie, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Bill Breeze Park, Ocoee, 6 p.m.
Free Movie, The Super Mario Bros, Movie, Reiter Park, Longwood, 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 18
Free Movie, Elemental, Little Econ Greenway Trail at Blanchard Park, Orlando, 2 p.m.
Jingle Eve, Gaston Edwards Park, Orlando, 4:30 p.m.
Free Movie, Independence Square, Maitland, 6 p.m.
Thursday, November 30
Holiday Tree Lighting, Center Lake Park, Oviedo, 5 p.m.
For more events, check out the 4C Community Calendar, click here.
Local public libraries offer a variety of events such as story times. Use these links to learn more about the offerings available to your family:
- Orange County Library System, click here.
- Osceola Library System, click here.
- Seminole County Public Library, click here.
- Winter Park Library, click here.
- Maitland Library, click here.
EARLY LEARNING RESOURCES
The Florida School Readiness Program offers financial assistance to low-income families for early education and care. We are actively enrolling children ages birth to 12 years old. To learn more, click here.
Head Start/Early Head Start
The 4C Head Start and Early Head Start programs promote school readiness and child development for eligible low-income families with children from birth to 5 years old, click here.
VPK is free of charge to all 4-year-old children in Florida regardless of family income. The high-quality learning opportunity builds a strong academic structure. Now Enrolling. To learn more, click here.
Neighborhood Centers for Families
NCF is made up of non-profits, agencies, churches, and groups that work together to provide family-friendly accessible services and activities to Orange County families, click here.
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