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The Family Exploration and Learning Toolkit is a set of activities to help families turn everyday events into learning experiences using materials that are available in the natural environment. It is divided into six Strands with six activities in each Strand. The activities in all six Strands of the Toolkit are based on standards developed by the State of Florida for what your child should know and be able to do to be ready for school.

Families Learning Together   Family Engagement and Early Learning Community, a neighborhood-level, collaborative partnership designed for families of preschool and kindergarten age children, includes two initiatives: (1) Family Engagement and Early Learning Community: Families Learning Together Workshop Series and (2) Family Engagement and Early Learning Community: Families Learning Together Workshop Series Training Modules . The Learning  Community, anchored by an elementary school, included families from neighborhood childcare  centers, school readiness and Title 1 programs, neighborhood public libraries, and a university research group.  





Family Get-Togethers: Literacy Through the Arts. A family engagement program offered as a component of the Early Learning Opportunities Act Bringing Education and Support to Teachers, Parents, and Children (BEST) Project. The Family Get-Togethers: Literacy Through the Arts program was a series of six, two hour workshops hosted by neighborhood organizations that included childcare centers, churches, elementary schools and public libraries. The workshops provided opportunities for families with three and four year old children to engage in arts and literacy experiences. Four literacy-oriented art series were offered: Dance and Movement, Drama and Storytelling, Music, and Visual Arts. 
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Healthy Habits through Literacy  is designed to help families promote their
children's health and wellness through three family engagement sessions focused on
1) nutrition 2) exercise, and 3) the body. Children's books and hands-on activities are
used to promote adult-child interactions. This workshop series was developed and pilot
tested with funds provided through a UNF foundation grant.