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Is a continuous quality improvement program for all legally operating centers, family child care homes, and out-of-school time programs. The program offers many forms of support, resources and information to participating programs. Quality Counts for Kids is a voluntary, continuous improvement program that uses licensing standards as a foundation and sets a continuum of five clearly defined levels of increasing quality. This continuous quality improvement program is based on a point system in which a program receives points for every quality benchmark it achieves. The overall mission of the Quality Counts for Kids Program is to improve the quality of Hillsborough County’s early care and education and school age programs.
Center based programs are awarded ‘star level’ designations based on the number of points a program receives for meeting quality specific standards. Center standards address:
Curriculum and Instructional Assessment
Ratio and Group Size
Screening and Identification of Special Needs
For more information visit www.elchc.org
The Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) is designed to prepare Florida ‘s children for kindergarten and develop the skills they need to become good readers and successful students. VPK includes standards for literacy skills, strict accountability, appropriate curricula, substantial instruction periods, manageable class sizes and qualified instructors.
To learn more about VPK Program, take a look at this website. It has information for both parents and child care providers. You can look at the site to find out how the program works, who is eligible, and more. To apply for the program or register online. go to http://www.elchc.org.
Early Literacy Matters (ELM) Program
This is a program funded by Children’s Board. The program goal is to identify the level of your child’s pre- reading skills and to provide him or her weekly in class literacy activities to better prepare him or her for kindergarten.
School Readiness Program
The ELCHC’s School Readiness Program can help working parents with the cost of child care (frequently called a child care subsidy). These services include extended-day, extended-year, and school age care for children to support parents in becoming financially self-sufficient. You can look at the site to find out how the program works, who is eligible, and more. Please visit the website http://www.elchc.org.
We are strengthened by our diversity, inviting people from various generations, ages, families, races, nations, political persuasions, theological views to become one, united in mission to love and serve God and our neighbor. We welcome all guests to be a part of anything we do at Seminole Heights. Visit our website www.semheights.com
Department of Children and Family
The Department of Children and Families, Child Care Services Program Office, is responsible for the administration of child care licensing and training throughout Florida. The purpose of this program is to ensure that children are well cared for in a safe, healthy, positive and educational environment by trained, qualified child care staff. For more information, please visit the website www.myflorida.com/childcare
Scholastic Book Orders
Each month an order form from Scholastic with the date due will be placed in your child’s communication folder. If you wish to buy books, please make out a separate check payable to Scholastic Book Clubs and submit it to us with your order form. You may also order on-line at www.scholastic.com. We hope you will participate in this important program. Reading to your child is a very beneficial experience. The school also benefits as we can get free books for the classrooms.
Soccer Shots Program
Soccer Shots is a program paid extracurricular program offered to children 2-8 and meets once a week at SHUMPS to introduce your child to soccer! Our Soccer Shots instructors are energetic and enthusiastic, are great teachers, and love working with children. They not only teach soccer skills, but also work on improving balance, coordination, and agility with the kids. Soccer Shots also uses the sessions to teach children important concepts such as teamwork, sharing and respect. Come join the fastest growing youth soccer program today! If you are interested, there will be an extra fee paid directly to Soccer Shots for children to participate. For registration visit the website www.soccershots.org
myON is the world’s largest interactive digital library with over 4,000 books geared for pre-K through 12th grade. SHUMPS is investing in your child by providing access to myON reader, a new digital library with hundreds of digital books from Capstone Digital! Parents can access myON at home. Families are encouraged to spend time together reading and learning with myON. To get started go to www.myON.com and look for the preschool name and type username and password provided by the center.
Positive Behavior Support Program
The Program-Wide Positive Behavior Support program provides training and technical assistance to community early childhood programs to build their capacity to effectively promote young children’s social and emotional competence and address challenging behavior.
The project provides training and technical assistance for the implementation of a program-wide model of Positive Behavior Support (PBS) for young children (birth to five) within selected community early childhood programs in Hillsborough County. It will offer teachers and families effective strategies for supporting children’s social-emotional development and addressing challenging behavior. Please visit the website http://pwpbs.cbcs.usf.edu/
Kartwheelkids is a program offered once a week to introduce your child to gymnastics. It is designed to build strength, agility, flexibility and coordination. If you are interested, there will be an extra fee paid directly to Kartwheelkids for children to participate. For registration come to the office.
February 15- Scholastic Book order due
February 23- SHUMPS close @ 11:30
*Kartwheelkids gymnastic class every Thursday afternoon
* Soccer Shots every Friday morning