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Provider Insider Volume 6, April 2010



Trash to Treasure is a non‐profit organization that has a  mission to locate clean, re‐usable materials (called  “clean scrap”) and redistribute these items as valuable  educational and artistic resources.    These items are typically discarded by businesses and  households. In the minds and hands of creative  individuals – teachers, artists and children – these “clean  scraps” take on new life, beneficial to both children’s  learning processes and the environment. To learn more,  visit 

Family Central, Inc. is offering a workshop for providers interested in participating in the School Readiness Service Agreement Program for 2010-2011. If you would like assistance in completing the information packet, please attend one of the following workshops: DATES: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 Wednesday, April 28, 2010 TIME:

6:00 P.M.

LOCATION: Family Central, Inc. 840 SW 81 Avenue North Lauderdale, FL 33068 Reservations Required Due To Limited Seating: Brenda Brandman @ 954-724-6983 or Mercedes Vélez @ 954-724-6980 Please bring the following documents that apply to your program: • • • • • •

Valid Child Care License Standard Exempt Status, if you are exempt from your County Child Care Licensing (before & after school programs are required) Accreditation and Gold Seal Certificates (if applicable) Valid Liability Insurance (Family Central, Inc. and Early Learning Coalition of Broward County, Inc. must be added to the policy) Public Rate (brochure) Bring your Service Agreement packet for 2010/2011

NCCA is a trade association for private early care & education professionals. To learn more about this association or to join, please visit

Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) is a legislatively mandated program designed to prepare every four-year-old in Florida for kindergarten and build the foundation for their educational success. The VPK program gives each child an opportunity to perform better in school and throughout life with quality programs that include high literacy standards, accountability, appropriate curricula, substantial instruction periods, manageable class sizes, and qualified instructors. All eligible four-year-olds are entitled to participate in one of the VPK program options. School year VPK programs provide 540 free instructional hours and summer VPK programs provide 300 free instructional hours. VPK registration for School Year 2010-2011 is ongoing for children who were born between September 2, 2005 and September 1, 2006. In addition, children who have not attended a School Year 2009 2010 VPK program and were born between September 2, 2004 and September 1, 2005 are eligible to attend a Summer 2010 VPK program. We are registering for both of these programs at this time. A monthly calendar with community registration sites and directions can be found at:

If a child can not learn in the way we teach, we must teach in a way the child can learn. ~Unknown


Measles Outbreak Triggered by Unvaccinated Child By Serena Gordon Mon, Mar 22, 2010 (HealthDay News) -- What began as a family trip to Switzerland in 2008 ended up as a public health nightmare in California. The family's 7-year-old boy, who was intentionally unvaccinated against measles, was exposed to the virus while traveling in Europe. When he returned home to San Diego, he unknowingly exposed a total of 839 people, and an additional 11 unvaccinated children contracted the disease. Three of those infected were babies, too young to have yet received the measles vaccines, and one of the babies was hospitalized for three days with a 106-degree fever, according to a report to be published in the April issue of Pediatrics. "Measles is just a plane ride away, including places like Switzerland and the U.K.," said one of the researchers, Dr. Jane Seward, deputy director of viral diseases at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This study serves as a reminder that measles can be a very serious disease that can lead to severe complications and death, and that the measles, mumps, rubella [MMR] vaccine is highly effective and the best way to prevent measles. It's also a reminder that people who choose not to vaccinate don't just put themselves and their children at risk, but also their communities, which includes infants who are too young to immunize," she said.

believe that living a "natural lifestyle" will protect their children against vaccine-preventable illness, according to the study. "There's definitely a lack of appreciation of measles and what it can do," said Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center and chief of infectious diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He said that in a recent Indiana outbreak, a 17-year-old girl was infected with measles on a trip to Romania, and when she came home she went to a church picnic attended by about 500 people. Of that group, 35 were unvaccinated. Three people out of 465 vaccinated got measles, while 31 out of the 35 who were unvaccinated contracted the disease, Offit said. "That's how highly contagious measles is," he said, pointing out that these people were at an outdoor church picnic, likely without sustained exposure to the infected teenager. "Parents need to realize that a choice not to get a vaccine is not a risk-free choice," said Offit. Seward recommended that parents who are concerned talk with their child's pediatrician about the risks and benefits of childhood vaccines, as well as the risks of childhood diseases. Parent calendars and the resource van schedule are now available on Family Central’s website:

This 2008 outbreak was the first in San Diego since 1991, according to the report. Before the introduction of the measles vaccine in 1963, as many as 500 children died each year from measles, and nearly 50,000 were hospitalized annually in the United States because of the virus, according to background information in the report. In recent years, however, the virus has resurged as many parents choose not to vaccinate their children, often because of fears about serious side effects. In fact, a recent study from the University of Michigan found that even among those who do vaccinate, more than half are concerned about serious side effects. Many of these fears stem a reported link between the MMR vaccine and autism. This link has been disproved in numerous studies, however. "There are several reasons why parents are choosing not to vaccinate," said study co-author Albert Barskey, a CDC epidemiologist. "Some are afraid of adverse events, and a lot of these fears are unfounded. Others feel that if their child does get sick, the current health-care system can take care of any unfortunate events, and some just don't see measles as a risk. They don't think it's in this country any more and don't think of traveling to Europe as a place where they might contract measles." The San Diego outbreak, which Seward said was quickly and aggressively contained by the public health department, cost about $177,000 to get under control. Those costs include direct medical charges, the cost of quarantining those exposed, plus the expense of state and county personnel involved in containing the outbreak. At the charter school that the 7-year-old with measles attended, 11 percent of the children were unvaccinated for measles. While state, or even county-level vaccination numbers may be high, pockets of areas exist where much higher numbers of children are unvaccinated, Barskey said. Parents who intentionally under-vaccinate tended to be white, collegeeducated and have an upper or middle-income level, the study found. Many

To All Child Care Providers and Directors Give Your Employees the Benefit They Need: Free Child Care! Increase your employee recruitment and retention power Improve your employee productivity and morale Decrease your employee turnover Reduce your employee tardiness and absenteeism rates NO WAITING LISTS: Immediate Enrollment Opportunities through Family Central! Contact: Cindi Watts, Business Developer Family Central, Inc. 954-724-7564 or NOTICE: All current providers using the CCEP benefit please contact Cindi Watts to update your Commitment Form.


Family Central Training Academy ‐ Broward County   

Family Central‘s  Training  Academy  provides  a  variety  of  programs  to  suit  your  requirements  and  those  of  your  staff.  All  Family  Central  Training  Academy  training  programs  provide  in‐service  and  CEU  hours.  Trainings  are  provided  at  Family  Central or can be provided at your location with a 20 person minimum. Family Central reserves the right to cancel classes at  any time. Regularly scheduled classes will be posted on the Family Central website at     

Scholarships may be available to qualified participants.   

April 2010 through June 2010  Early Childhood Professional Development Training Calendar   




.3 CEUs (3 hours) Fabulous, Fun Summer Field Trips

April 14, 2010 Wednesday, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm Cost: $30 Location: FCI Broward

Ideas for on and off-site field trips for older preschoolers and school age children. Align activities with lesson plans. Training Academy Hotline 954-724-3957

.5 CEUs (5 hours) Creating an Inclusive Classroom

April 24, 2010 Saturday, 9:00 am-2:30 pm Cost: $50 Location: FCI Broward

Erase your anxieties about inclusion- discuss practical strategies for adapting your program activities to meet the needs of children with special needs. Not to be missed! Training Academy Hotline 954-724-3957

.5 OR 1 CEU (5 hrs or 10 hours) (Must attend both sessions for 1 CEU) Classroom Management I Classroom Management II SPANISH FORMAT

May 15, 2010 and May 22, 2010 Saturday, 9:00 am-2:00 pm (Train through lunch) Cost: $50 per session OR $80 for BOTH Location: Hispanic Unity Broward, Hollywood

An in-depth study of classroom management that includes developmentally appropriate schedules, room arrangement, transition activities, developing and reinforcing classroom rules, organizational skills and more! Attend one or both sessions. Training Academy Hotline 954-724-3957

.6 CEUS (6 hours) May 25, 2010 and May 26, 2010 (Must attend both sessions for CEU certificate) Tues. and Wed., 6:30 pm-9:30 pm Challenging Behaviors in Young Children Cost: $60 Location: FCI Broward

Participants will identify several challenging behaviors in young children, discuss methods for determining causes of behaviors, and define strategies for prevention and intervention. Training Academy Hotline 954-724-3957

1 CEU (10 hours) (Must attend all sessions for 1 CEU- no certificate awarded for less than 8 hours of attendance) Managing, Modeling, and Motivating

June 8, 9, 15 and 16, 2010 Tues. and Wed., 10:00 am-12:30 pm Cost: $100 Location: TBA

Ten (10) hours of training designed specifically for center directors and asst. directors. Practical strategies for creating an organized, well-run center, developing dedicated employees, and tackling age old issues. Training Academy Hotline 954-724-3957

.5 or 1 CEU (5 hours or 10 hours) (Must attend BOTH sessions for 1 CEU) Integrated Lesson Planning (Infant/Toddler) Integrated Lesson Planning (Preschool)

June 19, 2010 (Infant/Toddler) June 26, 2010 (Preschool) Saturday, 9:00 am-2:30 pm Cost: $50 per session OR $80 for BOTH Location: FCI Broward

Practice how to create lesson plans that can be integrated into every aspect of your daily program. Expand your circle time theme into all areas. Birth to Three and VPK Standards will be discussed. Attend one or both sessions. Training Academy Hotline 954-724-3957

Thank you for your ongoing support of Family Central’s Training Academy!! 

CHILD CARE RESOURCE LIST Family Central, Inc 840 S.W. 81st Avenue, North Lauderdale, FL 33068 954-720-1000 * Child Care Resource and Referral, Resource Library, Story Hour Child Care Aware 1-800-424-2246 * Nationwide Child Care Information National PTA Information on starting an early childhood PTA 312-670-6782 National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) 1023 15th St, NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 2005 202-387-1281 * Parent Empowerment Project National Child Care Information Center 10530 Rosehaven St., Suite 400, Fairfax VA 1-800-616-2242 * Child Care related information National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 1313 L St. NW, Suite 500 Washington, D.C. 20005 1-800-424-2460 * Professional association for early childhood educators * Publications, accreditation for early childhood programs I Am Your Child * An educational campaign about child development

WHO TO CALL 954-724-3976 - To provide updated information regarding your program for the Resource & Referral (R&R) database. 954-724-4609 - R&R Hotline for parents needing child care referrals or pre-screening for eligibility for financial help. 954-724-7579 - For assistance with child care licensing and startup. 954-724-3936 - For information on Service Agreements. 954-724-3957 - For information on CDA and State-Mandated Training. 954-724-7540 - For information on Inclusion/Special Needs. 954-724-3955 - For information on Accreditation. 954-724-4616 - For information on Technical Assistance. 954-724-3887 – For information on accessing community resources for children in your care.  

CHILD CARE FOOD PROGRAM (CCFP) Family Central is contracted with the Florida Department of Health as a sponsor for the USDA Child Care Food Program to sponsor licensed family child care homes in Broward and Palm Beach counties, and child care centers in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, Indian River and St. Lucie counties. The goal of this valuable program is to ensure that nutritious meals and snacks are served and that good eating habits are taught in child care settings. What are the benefits of participating in the CCFP? •

Providers are reimbursed monthly for each approved meal and snack children are served. Reimbursement rates are adjusted every year.

Technical assistance is available to providers to help them get started on the program and is ongoing throughout the year.

Food and nutrition training is available to providers for in-service credit at no cost to the provider.

Additional Websites and Phone Numbers FL Directory of Early Childhood Services Central Directory 1-800-654-4440 AWI Office of Early Learning Call Center 1-866-357-3239 Early Learning Coalition of Broward County, Inc. 954-377-2188 Child Abuse Registry 1-800-96-ABUSE Florida KidCare 1-888-540-5437

To review the updated childcare ordinance, visit:

Approved menus are provided taking the worry out of menu planning. Child care centers can use a state-approved caterer who will prepare and deliver meals and disposable paper products daily. For family child care home information, please contact Sheron Givings at 954-724-3852 or Beryl Walker at 954-724-3934. For child care center information, please contact Eleanor Fuhr at 954724-3938 or Ana Barranco at 954-724-7548. Funded by: Early Learning Coalition of Broward County, Inc. and State of Florida, Agency for Workforce Innovation

Provider Newsletter- April 2010  

Family Central, Inc- Broward County Child Care Provider Newsletter for April 2010.