33rd Annual Early Childhood Conference (Virtual)

The College of Central Florida / CF Teacher Education, in partnership with the Early Learning Coalition of Marion County, presents the 33rd Annual Early Childhood Conference! This year’s theme is BOUNCING BACK!

This is a virtual event  |  March 26, 2022  |  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The conference workshops provide information on best practices and techniques to engage and nurture children. Hear from keynote presenter Ron Shuali and closing speaker Debbie Bowe!

Child care personnel can receive 6 hours of in-service credit.

Reimbursement for the Early Bird Registration Fee is available through the Early Learning Coalition of Marion County if funding is available.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Registration is $40. Payment and registration must be received no later than March 10, 2022. Transcript will be provided via email.

There will be raffles for attendees. Attendance will be taken for each session.

All conference sessions will be delivered through the Zoom platform. Login details will be sent to you by March 21, 2022.

For a full list of meetings, click HERE.  Participants can only attend ONE meeting per session so please review meetings and choose accordingly.

For more information contact Bebe Rahaman at rahamanb@cf.edu, or call 352-854-2322, ext. 1405.

Born Learning Trail Ribbon Cutting – Ocala Ritz Veterans Village

A Born Learning Trail is an interactive early learning trail designed for children to use with the help of an adult. Each rail consists of 10 signs that contain activities designed to promote parent-child interaction with early learning skills such as letter naming, rhyming, using words and identifying numbers, shapes, and colors as well as using imagination, creating and telling stories. The First trail opened in 2012 and many more have been added to this community since that time. Each trail is laid out uniquely and hand painted.

This newest trail will join many others to include:
• Belleview Sports Complex (2012)
• ELCMC Office {2014)
• Marion County Public Library Headquarters {2012)
• Coehadjoe Park (2013)
• Childhood Development Services
• Marion County Public Library- Reddick (2017)
• Marion County Public Library- Belleview
• Marion County Public Library- Forest
• Marion County Public Library- Dunnellon (2018)
• Jim Kirk Park (2018)
• Liberty Community Park (2019)
• Brick City Adventure Park (2020)

We invite you to join us on January 13 where the Early Learning Coalition of Marion County, in partnership with Volunteers of America Florida, will be cutting the ribbon to officially open this trail to the community!

ABOUT SUCCESS BY 6: Success By 6 began in Marion County in 2000 and in 2005 the Early Learning Coalition and United Way of Marion County created a unique partnership with the Success By 6 initiative with a primary mission of ensuring all children in Marion County are ready to succeed by the time they enter school.

2022 Good Beginnings for Children Breakfast

save the date card with breakfast details, crayons and Cat in the Hat Cartoon

If you love green eggs & ham, you’ll love COLORS OF THE ELC, our Crayola & Seuss-inspired breakfast, benefitting families served by the Early Learning Coalition of Marion County!