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COVID- 19 UPDATE Child Care Program Operations

March 10, 2020

The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe (ELCMDM), as part of our commitment to keep you informed of ongoing updates on the COVID-19 virus, shares the following information.  

In the event that a child care program is unable to open due to a declared disaster or a major health and safety incident, the following will occur:

  • The Department of Children and Families (DCF) has the lead on evaluating health and safety at child care sites. 
  • In the case of infectious diseases, DCF, the Florida Department of Education (DOE) and the Florida Office of Early Learning (OEL) follow instructions provided by the Florida Department of Health (DOH), related to quarantine or child care site closure due to potential virus exposure

If a child care site has to close due to potential virus exposure, OEL has provided the following guidance that allows ELCMDM to continue to reimburse providers during the temporary closure:

  • School Readiness (SR) – A Provider will be reimbursed for SR services for a child, provided the child is not being served by another SR provider, for as long as the emergency requires the program to be closed.
  • The SR child absence rule allows for a child to be absent for up to 10 days (3 unexcused and 7 excused absences), per calendar month.
  • Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) – A Provider will be reimbursed for up to five (5) instructional days. After the fifth instructional day, the provider is required to make up additional instructional days lost due to the closure. 
  • The VPK child absence rule allows a provider to be reimbursed for the child who is absent for no more than 20% of the instructional days in a month.

We will continue to provide additional information as updates occur. For additional information on provider reimbursement during a temporary closure, please contact your payment specialist.