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COVID-19 Updates

June 01, 2020

The Early Learning Coalition is committed to providing you with the most current and relevant information that may affect your programs during this pandemic. We trust that the information provided below will be helpful as you navigate how to continue to serve children and families as safely as possible.

Provider Meetings: The Early Learning Coalition conducted three online provider meetings this week via Zoom. The meetings were designed to disseminate updated information from each of our internal departments. There was great provider participation and many questions were submitted. We are compiling all the questions and the responses and will have them posted early next week. You will be able to access them here.

School Readiness Program Enrollment: We continue to enroll the children of first responders and healthcare workers as the first priority into the School Readiness Program. Parents can get an application from  here or by email at info@elcmdm.org. Additional information on eligibility criteria and provider bonus payments is also available through this link. There is currently no waitlist for regular school readiness services. Children are being enrolled every two weeks and this includes school age children as well as those who are birth to 5. Parents are encouraged to apply through the family portal at https://familyservices.floridaearlylearning.com/Account/Login

The Early Learning Coalition will be making mini grants available to eligible providers. There are three types of grants:

  • $1000 grants for infrastructure expenses;
  • $1000 grants for health and safety expenses;
  • $75 stipends up to a maximum of $750 for training courses completed by teachers/staff members. Each completed course is worth $75 and an individual can complete up to 10 courses to receive the full $750. The list of approved courses can be found at https://bit.ly/2ZOpdUL
  • Applications for the mini grants will be available next week and additional information will be provided in a separate email on where the application can be assessed. For additional information on requirements and eligibility criteria, please visit https://www.elcmdm.org/providers/providers-corner

Personal Protection Equipment: The Coalition is continuing to provide personal protection equipment (PPE) to all of our contracted providers. Our distribution times are limited by the quantity our supplier has in stock. We continue to purchase as much as possible at any given time and to distribute everything that comes in right away. If you have not yet received any PPE, please be patient and know that the plan is to gradually distribute to all providers whether they are open or closed.

Provider Pay Increase: Our board of directors approved a provider rate increase for all eligible contracted school readiness providers. The rate increase will be reflected in the July reimbursement and will be retroactive back to February 1, 2020.

Professional Development: Our Professional Development Institute (PDI) is offering a wide array of training opportunities that are all online. Some classes are offered multiple times a day and there are courses available in both English and Spanish. For more information or to register for a course, please visit our PDI website at http://trainings.elcmdm.org/

We are awaiting the final recommendations from the taskforces convened by Mayor Gimenez. The recommendations are expected to lay out the requirements for the reopening of summer camps and for the ongoing operations of child care programs. We will share those final recommendations with you as soon as we receive them.

We thank you for your partnership and for your dedication.

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