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Historic VPK Funding Sets New Course for Early Learning

August 15, 2022

Dear Early Care and Education Partners:

House Bill 5001, also known as the General Appropriations Act, was passed by the 2022 Florida Legislature and signed into law as Chapter 2022-156, Laws of Florida, by Governor DeSantis increasing the 2022-23 VPK Program Year Base Student Allocation (Provider Payment Rates) and appropriating additional funding for VPK Programs that agree to raise VPK teacher pay to a minimum of $15 an hour. This law became effective on July 1, 2022.

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VPK partners who elect to participate in the additional 2022-23 VPK $15 Wage Incentive program payment must complete an application in the Provider Portal. Each VPK provider will attest via affidavit that every VPK program employee’s hourly rate is at least $15 per hour for all time worked on the VPK program within 30 days of receiving the funds.

All employees who work on the VPK program, including the VPK Lead Instructor, Assistants, and Substitutes listed in each VPK Classroom on Form OEL-VPK11A, and VPK Directors or Principals listed on form OEL-VPK10, who have been approved by the Early Learning Coalition.

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Download the VPK $15 Wage Incentive Instructions