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Get Involved with My Child’s Education

Get Involved with My Child’s Education

Research shows that family engagement increases children’s motivation, reduces behavioral problems, and improves social-emotional development. Family engagement fosters school readiness school skills in young children, such as impulse control, attention, memory, and planning skills. Further, family engagement promotes children’s school success and prepares them for life.

The ELC of Duval is providing all SR and VPK families FREE access to the award-winning MarcoPolo for Families app! The app combines knowledge and play to enrich every curious mind’s experiences. Just follow these three steps:

1) Download the MarcoPolo for Families app from the app store on your smartphone or tablet.

2) Use code 0650.

3) Select the ELC of Duval classroom.

Get ready to dive into a world of knowledge and play! Let’s make learning an adventure together!

The ELC of Duval holds monthly parent empowerment workshops for parents with children ages birth to five. It’s free, fun, and informative! Parents receive door prizes, and pre-registration is not required. Success by Six parents are required to attend at least one workshop each academic year. The 2024 – 2025 schedule will be announced soon!

The ELC of Duval is a proud member of ReadJax, a community effort to improve third-grade reading outcomes. Reading does not begin when a child arrives at kindergarten. Pre-literacy skills start at a young age and include wanting to look at books, following narratives, recognizing print, learning vocabulary, and identifying letters and sounds. Parents are encouraged to read to their children 20 minutes a day. Below are activities and resources to assist families build excellent reading habits.

Commissioner’s Book of the Month

JaxKids Book Club

Helping Your Child Become a Reader

Meet Barkley! Barkley loves to play fetch, go for walks, spend time with his family, and READ! He loves reading so much the ELC of Duval declared him our official Book Buddy! Each month, Barkley will announce his favorite children’s book along with activities for teachers or families. Follow along with Barkley on ELC’s social media, newsletters, and website.

Click here for the 2022 – 2023 Book Selection and Activities list.

Click here for the 2023 – 2024 Book Selection and Activities list.

What should my child be learning?

Learning begins at home with you as your child’s first and most important teacher. Your child’s values, learning skills, and social skills start developing at birth. Below are First Teacher books for guidance on your child’s development and how to encourage them to explore, learn, and grow.

Birth to 8 Months

Birth to 8 Months – Spanish
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8 Months to 18 Months

8 Months to 18 Months – Spanish
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18 Months to 24 Months

18 Months to 24 Months – Spanish
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Two-Year-Olds – Spanish
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Three-Year-Olds – Spanish
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Four-Year-Olds – Spanish
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Get involved with my child’s early learning program

Your child’s early learning and care is a responsibility shared by families, child care providers, and the community. Below are ways families can get involved in their child’s education:

  • Contact your child’s teacher and maintain communication throughout the year
  • Participate in parent/teacher conferences
  • Volunteer at your child’s early learning and care facility
  • Ask the teacher what your child is learning and how can you support it at home
  • Talk with your child daily about his or her activities
  • Learn about your provider’s policies and expectations so you can help your child understand them
  • Model behaviors and attitudes you expect from your child
  • Encourage and nurture your child’s creativity
  • Establish a daily family routine
  • Engage in reading for at least 15 minutes each day with your child
  • Be positive when talking with your child about school-related activities

Family Engagement Resources and Tutorials

Division of Early Learning Newsletter Parents’ PagesClick Here
Division of Early Learning – Family ResourcesClick Here
DCF – Positive Parent GuideClick Here
Florida Dept. of Education – Family and Community EngagementClick Here
Florida Dept. of Education – Developmental StandardsClick Here
NAEYC – Family Engagement in ActionClick Here
Read Aloud 15 MinutesClick Here
Zero to Three – Let’s Talk About STEMWatch Videos
Pinterest – ELC PageClick Here

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