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Parents Connecting with Pre-K Through Literacy Webinar
Early literacy learning involved children practicing, thinking, and talking about books or texts with their teachers and parents. During the crucial early childhood years, children will begin to understand that language is part of telling stories, but only if they are provided more opportunities to engage with text comprehension through reading.

Parents, watch these webinars to get practical ideas of how you can engage and support your child and his/her teacher on the journey of lifelong reading.

For more information, contact Benjamin Occelin at 561-864-4004 or occelinb@palmbeachstate.edu 

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) - Child Find
The purpose of Child Find is to discover whether a child has special learning needs, to identify what those needs are, and to provide the programs and services which will best address them before the child enters the public school system.  The FDLRS website provides information to help promote general public awareness of programs and services available for young children who have or who are at risk of developing disabilities, and information for diagnostic screening, placement, training, and general support.

Bright Beginnings 
This Florida Department of Education’s Bright Beginnings initiative provides teachers and parents with resources to help children in the Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) program succeed in reading and mathematics.  This website houses resources to help families support their child's academic success.

Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County
The Children’s Services Council (CSC) is an independent special district established by Palm Beach County voters to dedicate a source of funding so more children are born healthy, remain free from abuse and neglect, are ready for kindergarten, and have access to quality after-school and summer programming.  The website provides information on programs and services for pregnant women, families with infants and children under 6, as well as after-school services for school-age children.

Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™) 
CLASS™ is an observational instrument developed at the University of Virginia to assess the classroom quality with all teaching team members working together in PK-12 classrooms. The Strong Minds Network uses the CLASS™ tool results in the prekindergarten classrooms to inform professional development and onsite classroom coaching and technical assistance support. The scores are also used to determine the level at which a provider enters the Strong Minds Network. 

Conscious Discipline
All programs operated by the Department of Early Childhood Education use Conscious Discipline as a proven, comprehensive approach to building self-regulation and social/emotional skills in both adults and children. Conscious Discipline empowers teachers and parents with “the self-awareness, brain information, developmental knowledge, and usable skills necessary to create safe, connected, problem-solving classrooms and homes.  Many free parent resources are available on the Conscious Discipline website.

Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for Birth to Kindergarten (2017)
The Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for Birth to Kindergarten (2017) describe skills that 4-year-old children should know and be able to do by the end of their prekindergarten year, and are designed to guide prekindergarten administrators and teachers in designing and implementing appropriate early learning environments.  The website also houses resources for parents to support their children in mastering these standards.

Help Me Grow Florida
The goal of Help Me Grow (HMG) is to promote healthy development for every child in the state of Florida. The HMG website is designed to address the need for early identification of developmental or behavioral concerns, and then to link children and their families to community-based developmental and behavioral services and supports.  A comprehensive list of family resources including a list of developmental milestones can be found there.

Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County
The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County's mission:
Building community-wide commitment for comprehensive, high-quality early learning environments that benefit the children and families of Palm Beach County.  Click here to access their parent newsletters: https://www.elcpalmbeach.org/newsletters

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