Learn how to make healthy food choices for growth, read outside for Read Aloud Month, pick a summer camp now and more in the March edition of the Florida Division of Early Learning‘s Parents’ Pages newsletter, click here.
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Mathematical experiences for very young children should build largely upon their play and the natural relationships between learning and life in their daily activities, interests, and questions. The March 2022 edition of CCR&R Resources from the Florida Division of Early Learning focuses on the importance of math in the early years.
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The Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County is on Open Enrollment for the School Readiness program. The program allows eligible families to offset the cost of care by paying a reduced parent fee. To register, click here.
First Lady Casey DeSantis announced that the theme for this year’s Black History Month contests will be Celebrating African-American Contributions to Florida’s History and released information regarding the student art and essay contests, as well as the Excellence in Education awards. Black History Month is celebrated each year in the month of February.
“Black History Month is an opportunity for students to learn about the contributions African-Americans have made throughout Florida’s history,” said First Lady Casey DeSantis. “Over the next month, we will be honoring these contributions and their benefits to Florida’s communities. I encourage all Florida students to join us by participating in this month’s art and essay contests.”
First Lady DeSantis is inviting students to participate in academic and creative contests throughout the month. Students in grades K-3 can participate in an art contest and students in grades 4-12 can participate in an essay contest. Additionally, students, parents, teachers and principals are invited to nominate full-time educators of all student grades for the Black History Month Excellence in Education Award.
About the Student Art Contest
First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Black History Month Art Contest is open to all K-3 students in Florida. Each student will submit original, two-dimensional artwork based on this year’s theme. Two winners will be selected.
About the Student Essay Contest
First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Black History Month Essay Contest is open to all grade 4-12 students in Florida. Each student will submit one essay no longer than 500 words based on this year’s theme. Three winners will be selected: one elementary school student (grades 4-5), one middle school student (grades 6-8) and one high school student (grades 9-12). Each winner will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.
About the Excellence in Education Award
First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Black History Month Excellence in Education Award Contest is open to all full-time educators in an elementary, middle or high school in Florida. Three winners will be selected: one elementary school teacher (grades K-5), one middle school teacher (grades 6-8) and one high school teacher (grades 9-12). Nominations may be submitted by a principal, teacher, parent/guardian or student.
Contest Entries and Nominating Forms and Guidelines
Student contest forms and educator nomination forms must be mailed to Volunteer Florida or submitted online at www.FloridaBlackHistory.com.
Black History Month Committee
1545 Raymond Diehl Road, Suite 250
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
All entries must be received by 5 pm (ET) on Friday, February 18, 2022.
If mailing, please consider the time necessary to ensure the submission is received by Volunteer Florida’s office no later than the aforementioned deadline.
For more information about the contests, please visit www.FloridaBlackHistory.com.
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We wanted to ensure you are aware of the latest development regarding the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) that helps low-income households pay for broadband service and internet connected devices.
What is the Affordable Connectivity Program? ACP is a Federal Communications Commission program that replaces the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. Eligible households can receive:
- Up to $30/month discount on your internet service
- Up to $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
- A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer
What’s the news? AT&T and Cricket Wireless will participate in the ACP.
Why is this important? ACP will help make broadband services more affordable for about 30 percent of American households who may qualify. Affordability is one of the key issues creating the digital divide–the gap between those who have internet services and those who don’t.
How do I take advantage of this? ACP began accepting eligibility applications on December 31, 2021.
To find out if you are eligible, please visit the ACP’s website at https://acpbenefit.org/.
To find a company that offers ACP discounts, please visit https://www.fcc.gov/emergency-broadband-benefit-providers#Florida.
For more information on AT&T’s participation, please visit https://about.att.com/story/2021/affordable-connectivity-program-participation.html.
It’s important to be healthy so you can take good care of yourself, your family, and the children who are counting on you. COVID-19 has raised the need for health coverage and the new law has made that coverage more affordable and accessible than ever through the Health Insurance Marketplace®.
If you choose to buy a health plan through the Marketplace, you may qualify for help paying for health coverage, even if you weren’t eligible for help in the past.
To learn more about coverage through the Marketplace or your benefits and protections, visit HealthCare.gov or call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596. TTY users can call 1-855-889-4325.
The Transition to Kindergarten Toolkit is a resource designed for use by districts, schools, educational centers, educators and families. The toolkit includes a user guide that provides a timeline of suggested activities for implementing the toolkit resources.
Customizable templates, including event flyers, certificates and postcards, are provided that can be personalized and edited as needed. One of the resources included in the toolkit is the Transition to Kindergarten Child Portfolio.
The Child Portfolio is designed for educators to help families understand what their child learned in the preschool program, as well as things they can do at home to create developmentally appropriate learning environments for their children. Parents are also encouraged to share the portfolio with their child’s kindergarten teacher so they can understand the child’s skill level.
To access the Transition to Kindergarten Toolkit Resources, click here.