Early Learners Connection Program
Early Learner Connections program (ELC) is community partnership between Spring Lake Park ECFE and home and center-based childcare providers to support of healthy development of infants, toddlers and preschool children in the community.
Supporting the healthy development of infants, toddlers and preschool children through community collaboration is a priority of Spring Lake Park Schools ECFE program. The goals of the Early Learner Connections (ELC) program are to provide expanded support throughout the community by:
- Supporting children’s optimal growth and development in the early years, using the Early Childhood Indicators of Progress (ECIP’s), Minnesota’s early learning standards
- Providing assistance to child care providers to make sure that the children in their care and their families are ready for kindergarten
- Offering in-home professional development and learning opportunities for child care providers
- The ECFE team collaborates with interested local child care providers, at no cost to the provider. During the home visits, child care providers have the opportunity to consult with a licensed family/parent educator on specific challenges they face and gain a connection with SLP schools. Child care providers can earn CEU’s for the home visits to apply towards their licensing requirements.
"One of the main goals behind the ELC program is to make sure we reach all Spring Lake Park children, whether they attend our early learning offerings or not. We want to work together with other community programs to support kindergarten-readiness in our area. "
Kristin Goessel-Seery, the district’s Early Childhood Programs Coordinator