Children Entering School Ready to Learn
Message from the CEO
The New Year brings new opportunities to prepare our community’s children for academic and life success. While resolutions are great, we have a long-term goal in mind. The goal of the ELCOC board and staff is to provide the necessary support and training to have all Orange County children read on grade level by the third grade.
Join our cause by participating in Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! A statewide weeklong initiative, hosted by the Florida Department of Education, that prioritized reading and strengthening literacy skills in children preschool-aged through graduation.
January 26 - 30, we are encouraging our network of educators to get involved with literacy efforts by participating in the Million Minute Marathon. Last year, our educators/volunteers logged 9,892 minutes and this year our goal is to reach 12,000 minutes read to children in our early care and education centers.
For more information about how to get involved, please visit the Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! website and help us close the 30 million word gap!
Karen Willis, CWDP
CEO, Early Learning Coalition of Orange County
Help Orange County children strengthen their literacy skills and enter school ready to learn by participating in Florida’s 6th annual Celebrate Literacy Week, January 26th-30th, 2015. Participate in Florida’s Million Minute Marathon by logging the total amount of minutes you read to children each day from Monday, January 26th to…
Technology for Children: How much is too much? Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Important information for caretakers, parents and teachers regarding the use of digital media for children. Pay extra attention to the way material is presented when selecting media for young children-overuse of cuts between scenes, or jumps in time or…
We are all set for this year’s State of Early Care and Education discussion panel over the topic of “Technology for Children: How much is too much?” Our panel of experts will discuss age-appropriate practices and utilization of technology for young children in today’s fast-paced and ever-changing world of technology….
According to the Florida Department of Education, summer reading loss refers to the decline in children’s reading development that specially occurs during summer vacation times when children are away from the classroom and not participating in literacy programs. Summer learning loss contributes to the achievement gap in reading performance between…
Exploring Animals from Around the World at the Library Calling all curious kids! It’s time to go wild at the Orange County Library this summer as we explore animals from around the world. This 8-week program series, National Geographic Wild Tails, runs through August 12 and will be held at…
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs Supports Early Care and Education
No Time to Waste
We all want to remember our children’s first steps, first words, first tooth and all of the important milestones in their development. From the time a child is born, there are only 2,000 days until kindergarten. The Early Learning Coalition of Orange County works to help parents ensure that their children enter school ready to learn.