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Information on Funding for First Responders and Healthcare Workers

July 10, 2020

The Florida Office of Early Learning has shared that initial funding for the First Responders and Healthcare Worker’s program will cease on July 31. No new referrals for that program will be accepted after that date.

Parents who would still like to apply for the program for the first time should submit an application prior to July 31. Applications are available here.

This does not affect families who are already receiving services under the program. Your services will continue and the Early Learning Coalition’s Eligibility Department will contact you with information on how to re-certify to receive funding.

Those families who are unable to obtain a renewal referral, may still be able to receive funding if the family’s income is less than 85% of the State Median Income. Families with higher incomes will no longer be able to participate in the program as the state focuses on those families with the highest need.

Provider bonuses will continue for those early learning programs serving children of First Responders and Healthcare Workers, as long as the programs continue to serve eligible families or until they have reached the maximum amount in funding.

As of today, the Early Learning Coalition is pleased that we have been able to help more than 2400 children access School Readiness funding to pay for child care services through this program.