The Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County is here to assist your Child Care Center or Family Child Care Home to reach the highest standard of early care and education. There are many benefits in partnering with ELCAC to serve children.
The mission of the Program Development Team is to develop partnerships with child care providers to promote quality child care experiences for all families. The Program team uses assessments and evaluations that allow us to:
- Share with visioning and goal setting for high quality early learning & care programs.
- Help providers through a series of evaluations to prepare them for accreditation.
- Support providers with technical assistance, resources, materials, trainings, and professional development.
- Help providers meet their contract requirements.
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If you are a child care Provider who is interested in partnering with the ELCAC, please contact us at 352-375-4110 for more information. If you do not have a License from the Department of Children and Families, please go to DCF for more information.
Registration Forms and Applications for Child Care Provider Registration and Licensing can also be obtained from the DCF. DCF can also be reached directly at 386-758-1510 or via fax at 386-758-1514.
You may also go directly to the State of Florida School Readiness site for information and to register.
Training and Professional Development
The field of early education and care is rapidly changing in response to exciting new research. Teachers and caregivers need current information in order to adapt to changes and prepare our youngest learners for school. ELCAC supports this effort by helping local teachers and caregivers gain access to high quality professional development opportunities.
Visit the Child Care Training website for information about obtaining or renewing credentials and to register for DCF child care training courses. http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/child-care/training
T.E.A.C.H. provides scholarship assistance for early childhood educators seeking degrees or credentials in the field of ECE. Costs for renewal of credentials are also eligible expenses. Contact the FL Children’s Forum: www.fcforum.org
For information about early childhood education programs at Santa Fe College, visit http://www.sfcollege.edu/education/
Child Screening & Assessment
Child screening and assessment help to inform instruction and other services in early education. In Alachua County the Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3 (ASQ-3) and Teaching Strategies Gold (TS Gold) are essential components of our early learning system.
An Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) is required by Florida statute for all children receiving School Readiness services. It is completed by the child care provider at initial enrollment and in the month of the child’s birthday each year thereafter.