Florida State Parks

Florida is home to 171 award-winning state parks and trails. From as far Northwest as Pensacola to as Southeast as the Florida Keys, Florida parks and trails spread state wide and provide a variety of activities for children and adults alike. Get a front row seat to see manatees, Florida’s gentle giants, in their wintertime home at Blue Springs State Park, or explore the Bulow Plantation ruins, and see firsthand the rise and fall of sugar mills at Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park.  Avid mountain bikers flock to the Cross Florida Greenway-Santos Bike Trails in Ocala to challenge themselves on over 80 miles of off-road bike trails; while divers and snorkelers alike swim the blue waters of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the nation’s first undersea park. Whether you: bike, hike, snorkel, scuba, walk, run, canoe, kayak, swim, paddle board, picnic or play, there’s a Florida State Park to accommodate anyone’s interests. Visit www.floridastateparks.org for a complete list of parks and start planning your next natural Florida adventure.

Children’s Week is proud to partner with Florida State park and supports the interactive and educational experiences they provide for Florida’s children and families from the caverns to the Keys. 

Big Bend Early Learning Coalition

As a contacted partner with the State of Florida’s Office of Early Learning the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend has been serving the region by providing School Readiness and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten programs since 2001. Originally beginning operations as the Leon School Readiness Coalition in ordinance of the School Readiness Act- F.S. 411 .01 . The Big Bend ELC we know today was established in 2005 and is the product of legislative changes, several transitions, mergers and name changes. Through it all their goals and vision have remained the same and the Big Bend ELC now reaches the seven counties of the Big Bend Region. Headquartered here in Tallahassee the ELC is working hard to ensure the children of the Big Bend are set up for success upon entering school, and that local families have access to quality child care services and assistance. Approximately 7000 children and their families are connected with the ELC and are participating in early learning programs tailored to each child and family’s specific needs. A network of over 300 child care programs and local community partners allows the ELC of the Big Bend to provide a comprehensive system of children and family services.

            As always Children’s Week is proud to have the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend as a partner; and also wishes to thank them for their donation of free “Catching Smiles” CD’s to include in local event boxes, leading up to and during Children’s Week. Each CD has 19 positive, uplifting songs children can learn and sing along to. Music warms the soul, aids in children’s learning and provides overall life enrichment. Children’s Week gives its full support to the ELC in their efforts to provide brighter educational futures for the children of not only the Big bend Region, but the entire state. To learn more about the ELC of the Big Bend, visit their website, www.elcbigbend.org or connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.  

Keep Your Teeth Healthy!

            MCNA is one of the nation’s premier dental benefits administrators providing outstanding service to state agencies and managed care organizations such as Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP. The first dental plan in the US to be awarded full URAC Dental Plan Accreditation, MCNA offers plans in states all across the nation. MCNA strives to continuously operate under the highest quality standards, and provide the best possible service for their members. Providing service to approximately 4 million children and adults MCNA is aims to improve general health by ensuring quality dental care; with a wide range of services and large provider network. Children’s Week is proud to partner with MCNA Dental, and supports them in their continuous effort to be the nation’s top dental benefits administrators. To learn more about MCNA visit their website.

MCNA Dental

MCNA is one of the nation’s premier dental benefits administrators providing outstanding service to state agencies and managed care organizations such as Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP. The first dental plan in the US to be awarded full URAC Dental Plan Accreditation, MCNA offers plans in states all across the nation. MCNA strives to continuously operate under the highest quality standards, and provide the best possible service for their members. Providing service to approximately 4 million children and adults MCNA is aims to improve general health by ensuring quality dental care; with a wide range of services and large provider network. Children’s Week is proud to partner with MCNA Dental, and supports them in their continuous effort to be the nation’s top dental benefits administrators. To learn more about MCNA visit their website at www.mcna.net.

Storybook Forest

The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties is pleased to announce the hosting of their 6th annual Storybook Forest! Saturday, April 11, 2015 children of all ages are welcome to participate in this Children’s Week local event at Crews Lake Wilderness Park. What started as a “small” event in the parking lot of the coalition has turned into a large scale local event with over 3,000 in attendance in 2014. This year, for the first time ever the ELC will be offering a free shuttle service to and from the event. Offsite parking and free shuttle service will allow more families to attend. Children are invited to an afternoon filled with storybook fun. Support literacy by visiting story-themed booths, making crafts and playing games. Participating children will even get the chance to meet their favorite storybook characters including: Clifford the Big Red Dog, Emily Elizabeth, Corduroy, Maisy Mouse, Curious George and many more!  The event is free, so there’s no excuse to not come out and experience the fun that reading can provide! The 20th Annual Children’s Week is proud to partner with the ELC of Pasco and Hernando counties to bring you the 6th Annual Storybook Forest. For further information about Storybook Forest, visit http://www.phelc.org/storybookforest.php. See you there!

Join Us For Storybook Forest!

            The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties is pleased to announce the hosting of their 6th annual Storybook Forest! Saturday, April 11, 2015 children of all ages are welcome to participate in this Children’s Week local event at Crews Lake Wilderness Park. What started as a “small” event in the parking lot of the coalition has turned into a large scale local event with over 3,000 in attendance in 2014. This year, for the first time ever the ELC will be offering a free shuttle service to and from the event. Offsite parking and free shuttle service will allow more families to attend. Children are invited to an afternoon filled with storybook fun. Support literacy by visiting story-themed booths, making crafts and playing games. Participating children will even get the chance to meet their favorite storybook characters including: Clifford the Big Red Dog, Emily Elizabeth, Corduroy, Maisy Mouse, Curious George and many more!  The event is free, so there’s no excuse to not come out and experience the fun that reading can provide! The 20th Annual Children’s Week is proud to partner with the ELC of Pasco and Hernando counties to bring you the 6th Annual Storybook Forest. For further information about Storybook Forest, visit their website. See you there!