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Support for School Readiness and VPK Providers: COVID-19

October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020

This is an important update on your SR and VPK payments for November.

The Florida Department of Education (DOE) and Office of Early Learning (OEL) have worked to find flexible and meaningful ways to help providers meet the financial challenges brought on by the pandemic. From April through September, both SR and VPK providers were reimbursed based on enrollment instead of attendance. For October, SR providers were reimbursed for up to 16 total absences without documentation. VPK providers were reimbursed according to the “80/20 rule” consistent with the VPK contract.

For November:

  • Open SR providers will be reimbursed for up to 14 total absences or for 67% of the month without documentation, as this was waived in a DOE executive order. SR providers will continue to be reimbursed for the required parent copayments for all reimbursable days.

  • Open VPK providers will continue to be reimbursed according to the “80/20 rule” consistent with the VPK contract. This means that you will be reimbursed 100% for students who attend at least 80% of the month.

Regarding provider site closures, OEL will continue the standard practice of paying for temporary closures due to COVID or another state of emergency in accordance with rules 6M-4.501 and 6M-8.204(5), F.A.C. Please note that absences are not counted during a temporary closure due to a state of emergency.

Thank you for your continued commitment to serve Florida’s children, families and workforce.

If you have questions, you may contact your early learning coalition for more information.

Shan Goff, Executive Director

Office of Early Learning

OELCOVID-19@oel.myflorida.com