FAQ – Program Assessment
What is House Bill 1091?
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, 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 to five must be assessed by an approved observer using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS).
Contract Minimum Threshold
School Readiness providers must meet a contract minimum threshold of 4.0 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 4.0 on the CLASS assessment, you will not receive a School Readiness contract for the following school year. You may request a second assessment at the expense of the provider.
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.