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URGENT MESSAGE - SCHOOL READINESS PROVIDERS and CLASS PROGRAM ASSESSMENT
February 07, 2019
URGENT MESSAGE - SCHOOL READINESS PROVIDERS
House Bill 1091, which passed during the 2018 legislative session, requires that a Program Assessment is conducted on all providers seeking to contract for the School Readiness program for 2019-20. This includes existing providers who are renewing their contract, as well as new providers applying for the first time.
In order to receive a Program Assessment, providers are required to register all of their instructors and classrooms into the Florida Office of Early Learning (OEL) Program Assessment system. Providers who do not complete the registration process will not be eligible to enter into a School Readiness contract or participate in the School Readiness program for 2019-20.
During the 2018 legislative session, the Florida Legislature passed a bill (HB 1091) that increases quality and accountability in the School Readiness Program. The Office of Early Learning will lead the implementation of this legislation in partnership with the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe.
What is the Program Assessment tool?
The Program Assessment is the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS). For more information about CLASS, visit https://teachstone.com/class/.
What Does This Mean For You As A School Readiness Provider?
To have a School Readiness contract for the 2019-2020 school year, providers serving children birth to 5 must be assessed using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS).
Why should I register?
Only registered providers may be assessed. All providers serving children from birth-age five must be assessed by an OEL approved observer using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS).
Contract Minimum Threshold
School Readiness providers must meet a contract minimum threshold of 2.51 on the CLASS assessment tool to be eligible for a School Readiness contract.
What if I Do Not Meet the Contract Minimum Thresholds?
If you do not meet the contract minimum threshold of 2.51on the CLASS assessment in 2018-2019, you will not receive a School Readiness contract for the 2019-2020 school year.
What If I Meet the Minimum Contracting Threshold?
School Readiness providers who achieve the minimum threshold for contracting, but are still emerging in quality, will be placed on a mandatory Quality Improvement Plan (QIP). The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe will identify performance goals and quality improvement strategies to help providers meet quality scores.
Quality Improvement Threshold
Quality Improvement Threshold means the score as adopted by the Office under section 1002.82(2)(n), F.S., and defined in rule 6M-4.741, F.A.C., under which a provider is eligible to contract for the School Readiness Program but must be on a Quality Improvement Plan.
What If I Meet the Quality Improvement Threshold?
Providers who score the minimum quality threshold of 3.00 or above may be eligible to receive a School Readiness Quality Performance Incentive. Qualifying providers may receive a payment differential based on their CLASS Assessment scores. School Readiness providers who score a 5.00 or above on the CLASS assessment will be assessed every other year.
What if I forget to register?
If you forget to register, your program will not be eligible for a School Readiness contract for the 2019-2020 school year.
What happens if I decide to not participate in Program Assessment?
If you decide that you do not want to participate in Program Assessment you will not be eligible to contract with the Coalition for School Readiness funding in the 2019-2020 contract year.
What if I decided that I would like to contract for School Readiness funding later?
You would have to submit a request in writing to the Coalition 60 days prior to contracting for the School Readiness Program. The Coalition will coordinate a program assessment within 30 days of receipt of the notice.