A common refrain throughout our Future Ready Collier conversations has been: if parents only knew about… If they only knew the timing of their 4-year old’s physical would impact Kindergarten registration when the child turned five. If only they knew that completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), was the key for accessing all financial aid and scholarships- regardless of family income. If only…
We have identified parent engagement as the common link- regardless of the age of the child. And then, after learning about Strengthening Families, a nationally recognized framework that builds on the strengths in families, rather than the gaps, we have realized that building parent-to-parent relationships and information-sharing will significantly impact their children.
As a result, we are working with Be Strong Families in Illinois to bring the tools of this framework to Collier County. Thanks to the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, we will have this opportunity for a one-time investment in our capacity as a community.
Starting soon: Future Ready Collier Parent Cafes!
The 2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. This sales tax holiday begins Friday, August 3, 2018, and runs through Sunday, August 5, 2018.
During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; and clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item.
For more information and a list of qualifying items, please review the Department of Revenue’s Tax Information Publication (TIP) on the 2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, as well as the Frequently Asked Questions document. For your convenience, the digital downloads and social media posts below are provided for individuals and businesses interested in sharing information about the sales tax holiday.
Click the link for more information and a complete list of eligible items: http://floridarevenue.com/backtoschool/Pages/default.aspx
Future Ready Collier released its inaugural report on the story of Future Ready Collier to-date, along with examples of impact, and baseline indicators that will show progress for the long-term.
To view the Future Ready Collier Report to the Community, click here.
For the print spread version, click here.
A community-wide goal of Future Ready Collier is to ensure all children are Kindergarten ready. Future Ready Collier network partners compiled a resource kit to help your child be prepared for Kindergarten.
To download your own Kindergarten Readiness Toolkit, click here.
NOW AVAILABLE in Spanish (click here) and Creole (click here).
Through the Future Ready Collier Early Learning Workgroup, literacy and program leaders in our community developed a list of recommended books for children ages 0-5.
This list was developed to address significant gaps in resources and provide support in literacy for our community’s youngest learners. Now Available in three languages!
To download your copy of the book list, click your preferred language: English, Spanish, and Creole.
A goal of the Family Engagement and Literacy priority team has been to increase home libraries for children 0-4. This has been made possible through support of Books for Collier Kids. Through the partners and volunteers, they recently started to distribute books to Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) offices, expecting to hand out 1,000 books per month.
Last week, #FutureReadyCollier accepted the Unsung Heroes of Community Resilience Award along with many other great heros within Florida! Congratulations to all for a well-deserved recognition! #FCAN2018 #CreateTheFuture #FCANHero
Special thanks to the organizational support of Champions For Learning and the amazing FRC network partners. Photo Credit: Florida College Access Network