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For the Early Learning Coalition News Alerts in chronological order click here.


For Covid-19 news and updates click here


November Updates from the Office of Early Learning - Click here for more details.


CSSF COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund - Click here for more details.


Ms. Chant

President/CEO of Easter Seals South Florida. Easter Seals South Florida accredited by NAEYC serving 900 children in 11 locations across Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.  Prior to joining Easter Seals South Florida in 2014, she was a successful higher education administrator for 22 years. 

Ms. Roig

President/Founder of the Roig Academy located in South Miami.  The Roig Academy founded 18 years ago, offers an alternative educational milieu for students with a variety of learning strengths.  The academy provides preschool, elementary and summer services. Ms. Roig has 25 years of dedicated experience in the field of child development, literacy and dyslexia.

Dr. Eileen Fluney


Paradise Christian School & Development Center, Faith-Based Provider Representative

Upcoming Meetings

Provider  Meetings

Early Learning Coalition Weekly Partner Meetings for Miami-Dade and Monroe Early Childhood Partners

October 28, 2020 Meeting

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October 21, 2020 Meeting

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October 14, 2020 Meeting

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October 7, 2020 Meeting

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September 30, 2020 Meeting

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September 23, 2020 Meeting

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September 16, 2020 Meeting

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September 9, 2020 Meeting

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September 2, 2020 Meeting

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Questions and Answers from the meeting

August 26, 2020 Meeting

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Questions and Answers from the meeting

August 19, 2020 Meeting Click here to download the presentation.

Upcoming Board of Directors Meetings

  • Tuesday, September 8, 2020/David Lawrence Jr. Community Meeting Room 2555 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Suite 210, Coral Gables, FL 33134
  • Monday, October 5, 2020/David Lawrence Jr. Community Meeting Room 2555 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Suite 210, Coral Gables, FL 33134
  • Monday, December 7, 2020/David Lawrence Jr. Community Meeting Room 2555 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Suite 210, Coral Gables, FL 33134

 

For more meeting dates, please click here for the event calendar.

 

Florida Office of Early Learning Provider Newsletter

Provider meeting -Eligibility Update 2019


PNC Bank has worked with the Florida Grade-Level Reading Campaign to create videos to help parents talk to their children and develop their vocabularies. Click here to read more.


Introduction to the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards

Birth to Kindergarten (2017)

In 2017, the Office of Early Learning convened a group of national and state early learning content experts to review current standards and recommend revisions to ensure that the Florida standards are rich, interactive and lead to better preparation for children based on current research to support high-quality standards.  The State Board of Education adopted the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards – Birth to Kindergarten (2017) in December 2017.

The revised standards address the following age groups:

  1. 8-18 months
  2. 18-24 months
  3. 24-36 months
  4. 36 to 48 months
  5. 48 months to Kindergarten

The Standards and benchmarks reflect the knowledge and skills a typically developing child should know and be able to do at the end of an age-related timeframe.  Children are unique and develop skills at different rates therefore, it is important to assess each child individually to effectively plan for their needs. 

 


 

Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards

Birth to Kindergarten (2017)

Eight Domains

The Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards – Birth to Kindergarten (2017) address eight early learning and developmental domains:

1. Domain: Physical Development

The first five years, young children undergo rapid and dramatic changes in their physical development more than any other time in their lives.Children experience changes in body proportion, coordination and strength.They develop physical, motor and sensory capacities that enhance exploration and mastery of the environment.

 

2. Domain: Approaches to Learning

Approaches to Learning is not about specific content knowledge instead it addresses how children deal with new environments, interactions and discoveries.It describes children’s attitudes and dispositions towards learning.

 

3. Domain: Social-Emotional Development

As children grow, their ability to establish relationships with peers and adults influences how they view themselves and the world.They learn to expand their capacities to recognize and express their own feelings and to understand and respond to the emotions of others.

 

4. Domain: Language and Literacy

Language, communication, early literacy and writing are critical to a child’s ability to learn, work and play with others.Language and literacy development is crucial to laying the foundation for children to learn, read and write on grade-level by third grade

 

5. Domain: Mathematical Thinking

Mathematics is everywhere and it helps children make sense of their world.Mathematical understanding begins in the very first months of life and continues to grow and expand as they and the relations between objects and space.

 

6. Domain: Scientific Inquiry

Scientific inquiry addresses children exploring the physical world around them.They learn about their world by first using their senses and reflexes.Children’s expanding physical and motor capacities enable them to engage in ever-widening explorations and can promote new brain connections.

 

7. Domain: Social Studies

In the earliest years, social studies concepts simply involve children exploring their world and trying to make sense of the social and physical environments.Their social interactions with others form each child’s basic social understanding beginning with self and family.

 

8. Domain: Creative Expression Through the Arts

Creative expression through the arts provides children with opportunities to express ideas and feelings by using words, manipulating tools and media to solve problems.Children learn to express their knowledge, interests and abilities and appreciate the contributions of others.

In addition to the domains, components, standards and benchmarks, the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards-Birth to Kindergarten (2017) reference four concepts throughout each domain.  The concepts are play, patterns, cause and effect and communication; these concepts support the educator in providing meaningful learning experiences for children. 


Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards

Birth to Kindergarten (2017)

Curriculum Alignment

The standards support curriculum and assessment tools.  A few examples of curriculum alignment to the Florida Early Learning and Development Standards are on the following websites:

The resources mentioned above are a partial list of available curriculums.  If your curriculum is not listed, go to the publisher’s website to request a copy of their correlation to the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards – Birth to Kindergarten (2017

 


CCR&R

The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe supports potential and current providers.  We are available to offer information about starting a new child care business and enhancing your program.  We are also eager to assist providers with questions about the VPK and School Readiness Programs.  Please contact our CCR&R team by phone 305-646-7220 Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or you can email CCRRhelp@elcmdm.org.

The Office of Early Learning is pleased to announce continued support for Florida’s early learning/child care providers. Consistent with one of the key tenants of the CARES Act Supplemental Funds for “Continued payments and assistance to child care providers in the case of decreased enrollment or closures, and to assure the providers are able to remain open or to reopen,” two phases of funding is available: Phase I: Emergency Child Care Relief Grants and Phase II: High-Quality Reopening Support Grants for Providers

Phase 1: Emergency Child Care Relief Grants for Providers

These funds are allocated to coalitions to support the 4,189 School Readiness (SR) and Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education providers and the 2,291 non-contracted providers that were open for business on April 30, 2020. The base grant funding is based upon the provider’s total capacity as reported to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) or the Enhanced Field System (EFS) Mod capacity data. Contracted SR providers also receive an additional bonus for serving infants and toddlers or children with special needs.

Contracted Providers (SR/VPK) must meet each of the following eligibility criteria for payment:

  • Early learning/child care provider was open for business providing early learning
  • services as of April 30, 2020 (and may have had intermittent closures); and
  • Early learning/child care provider has a current/active SR or VPK contract on April 30, 2020 with at least one early learning coalition or Redlands Christian Migrant Association, Inc. (RCMA); and
  • Early learning/child care provider completes the grant application.

Non-Contracted Providers must meet each of the following eligibility criteria for payment:

  • Early learning/child care provider was open for business providing early learning services as of April 30, 2020 (and may have had intermittent closures); and
  • Early learning/child care provider agrees to complete a Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) profile in the Florida Early Learning Provider Services Portal; and
  • Early learning/child care provider has not received any Class I DCF violations within the past 12 months; and
  • Early learning/child care provider did not have a contract with the early learning coalition that was terminated for cause within the past five years; and
  • Early learning/child care provider is not included on the Florida Child Care Food Program (CCFP) USDA Disqualified List; and
  • Early learning/child care provider completes the grant application, which includes submitting an IRS Form W-9 for payment.

Phase 2: High-Quality Reopening Support Grants for Providers

These funds are allocated to coalitions to support the 2,246 SR and VPK providers and non-contracted providers that were closed on April 30, 2020. High-quality SR providers are those that earned a program assessment/CLASS score of 3.5 or higher within the last 12 months. The 36 non-contracted high-quality providers are those that earned the Gold Seal status.

Contracted Providers (SR/VPK) Early learning/child care providers will receive additional funding based on their DCF capacity, when available, or EFS MOD Provider Profile capacity data if DCF capacity is not available, with a minimum amount based upon capacity. Providers must meet each of the following eligibility criteria for payment:

  • Early learning/child care provider was closed for business as of April 30, 2020  and has reopened providing early learning services or plan to reopen by August 1, 2020 (consistent with local ordinances or restrictions); and
  • Early learning/child care provider has a current/active SR or VPK contract on April 30, 2020 with at least one early learning coalition or Redlands Christian Migrant Association, Inc. (RCMA); and
  • Early learning/child care provider has either Gold Seal status or CLASS composite score of 3.5 or higher; and
  • Early learning/child care provider completes the grant application, which includes plans for expenditure of funds and reopened date or tentative date for reopening.

Non-Contracted Providers  Early learning/child care providers will receive additional funding based on their DCF capacity. Providers must meet each of the following eligibility criteria for payment:

  • Early learning/child care provider was closed for business as of April 30, 2020 and have reopened providing early learning services or plan to reopen by August 1, 2020 (consistent with local ordinances or restrictions); and
  • Early learning/child care provider agrees to complete a Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) profile in the Florida Early Learning Provider Services Portal; and
  • Early learning/child care provider has not received any Class I DCF violations within the past 12 months; and
  • Early learning/child care provider did not have a contract with the early learning coalition that was terminated for cause within the past five years; and
  • Early learning/child care provider has either Gold Seal status or CLASS composite score of 3.5 or higher; and
  • Early learning/child care provider is not included on the Florida Child Care Food Program (CCFP) USDA Disqualified List; and
  • Early learning/child care provider completes the grant application, which includes plans for expenditure of funds, entering a reopened date or tentative date for reopening, and submitting an IRS Form W-9 for payment.

Information on how to access and complete the applications for this funding will be forthcoming in a separate email.

 
Early learning/child care providers that contract with multiple coalitions will be paid by the coalition where the provider is physically located (“home” coalition). Non-contracted providers will be paid by the coalition that serves the physical location of the provider. Duplicate grants will not be offered.

Mini-Grants for Early Learning Providers

Infrastructure and Health & Safety Mini-Grant Application Instructions

Professional Development Teacher Stipend Application Instructions

Office of Early Learning Mini-Grant FAQ

Mini-Grant Courses


Infrastructure & Health & Safety Mini-grants for Early Learning Providers

Criteria

  • Provider has an active SR or VPK contract; and
  • Provider does not have a pending/open provider contract related Corrective Action Plan (CAP) or probation notice in; and
  • Provider is currently providing services (open for business) or
  • Provider is currently preparing to resume operations within 10 business days to provide services.

Documentation required for awarding mini-grants

  • Filled out and signed application to attest to each eligibility factor Timeframe for Mini-Grants
  • Mini-grants are available from the first day of the Declaration of Emergency and end the day the Declaration of Emergency is lifted (TBD)
  • Mini-grant application and approval must be completed before the emergency declaration period expires.
  • Release of mini-grant funds should occur as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days after the emergency declaration period expires.
  • Coalitions must approve applications

Maximum allowable payments

Each eligible early learning/child care provider may be awarded up to $1,000 per location as a one-time grant per declared disaster/emergency event.  

Types of qualifying Provider Costs - health and safety cleaning supplies 
Quality funds within an OEL grant award, specifically 97QHS, may be used to directly purchase specified supplies and/or to award mini-grants to eligible providers to assist with public health and safety needs. Supplies may include disinfectants, soap, hand sanitizer (health and safety of teachers and children), masks* for teachers and staff (*eligible during public health emergencies), disinfectants, bleach, bleach wipes, toilet paper and other items to address public health and safety needs. See disinfectants identified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and suggested cleaning instructions from the Center for

Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) tips for Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility for more details. 
Types of qualifying Provider Costs – Consumable support/welfare infant and toddlers costs Quality funds within an OEL grant, specifically 97QOO, may be used to directly purchase specified supplies and/or to award mini-grants to eligible providers to assist with the support and welfare needs of infants and toddlers receiving program services. Supplies may include baby wipes, crib sheets, detergent (Dreft or equivalent), diapers, and other items for supporting the health, safety and welfare needs of infants and toddlers. 

Questions about the Infrastructure & Health & Safety Mini-grants contact us at:QualityInitiatives@elcmdm.org


Professional Development Stipends for Child Care Provider, Teacher/Staff Member

Criteria for Child Care Provider (Employer)

  • Employer/Provider has a School Readiness and Voluntary-Pre-Kcontract in good standing
  • Employer/Provider does not have a pending/open provider contract related CAP or probation notice in effect
  • Employer/Provider is eligible for funding: emergency/enhanced quality activities (Attachment 1-Appendices A, B, C)
  • Criteria for Teacher/Staff Member Eligibility:
    • Employer/Provider eligible for funding: emergency/enhanced quality activities (Attachment 1-Appendices A, B, C)
    • Florida resident
    • Was/is employed by a licensed or license-exempt child care facility, family child care home or by an after-school program at the start of the Declaration of Emergency (March 1st)
    • Previously/currently works a minimum of 20 hours per week with a birth-after-school population for a minimum of 520 hours per year
    • Sponsorship of the program which employs them, as evidenced by the completed application: Early Learning/Child Care Provider Teacher/Staff Member Eligibility (Attachment 2-Appendix A)

Application Process: Teacher Stipend
 Child Care Provider Teacher/Staff Member

  • Provider submits Early Learning/Child Care Program Eligibility Form (Attachment 1-Appendices A, B, C)
  • The ELCMDM approves provider application(Attachment 1-Appendices A, B, C)
  • Teacher/staff member and the qualified provider submit a completed Child Care Provider Teacher/Staff Member application form (Attachment 2-Appendix A) by June 30, 2020, and the related training completion certificate(s) from OEL approved courses: click here
  • ELCMDM approves application (Attachment 2-Appendix A)
  • Stipend is sent to Child Care Provider for disbursement

Payments: Teacher Stipends for Child Care Provider Teacher/Staff Member

  • Maximum Payment
    • Up to ten (10) stipends for OEL approved training sessions, up to a maximum of $750 ($75 x 10)
    • $75 maximum for each completed training session
    • Training sessions completed before the date of the Declaration of Emergency (March 1st ) do not qualify
    • ALL training sessions completed by June 30, 2020
    • Eligible Teacher/Staff member will be reimbursed once with one properly completed application (Attachment 2-Appendix A)

Timeframe

  • Professional Development Teacher Stipends are only available while the Declaration of Emergency is in effect. Qualifying training events should be completed by June 30, 2020.

Questions about Professional Development Teacher Stipends contact us at pdminigrants@elcmdm.org


*Attachments will be provided with the funding applications. Additional information to follow.

VPK Flexible Options

New! - Join us on Friday, September 4, 2020, from 3 pm to 4 pm for Tri-County Webinar - Phase 1 (VPK Flex)

Registration:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6626651436826412304


VPK Flex

The Office of Early Learning (OEL) of the Department of Education has announced the approval of flexible instructional options for private providers participating in the 2020-2021 School Year VPK Program. The VPK “Flex” Program allows flexible VPK programming to be delivered as an option to the traditional, face-to-face VPK classroom setting.

This option, as well as the option for providers to delay the start of their VPK programs, are a means for providers to meet the differing needs of the families in our communities.

The VPK Flex option must align with the Public-School Districts’ approved reopening plan. Both Miami-Dade County and Monroe County Public Schools have been approved to offer a flexible option to K-12 students, so this means that private VPK providers in those counties are allowed to offer a flexible option as well.

We anticipate guidance and application instructions will be released to private providers on August 26, 2020.  In addition, OEL is scheduling a series of webinars next week to provide additional information and to answer questions from providers. As soon as the webinar schedule is finalized, we will distribute the information to everyone. Please continue to visit our website, our social media platforms and the Provider Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EarlyLearningPartners/ for frequent updates.


In partnership with the Office of Early Learning, the Early Learning Coalition has worked to ease the financial strain on families and providers due to COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the policy waivers in this effort are due to expire. Please note the following reminders regarding policy waiver updates:

  • Parent copayments for School Readiness families: The waiver of parent copayments expires on August 31, 2020. Providers should resume collection of parent fees, effective September 1, 2020. Note: Parent copayments do not apply to First Responder and Healthcare Worker Scholarships (BG1-ESS).
  • School Readiness Attendance: Attendance rules for SR children will resume effective September 1, 2020. This means the 10 day absence limit will apply and absences after the first three in a month will require documentation.
  • Full Time School Age Care: Eligible school age children not attending brick and mortar schools, may attend a School Readiness program full-time. Parents will be responsible for the part-time parent copayment as applicable. This is intended to give parents flexibility to select the best option for their child(ren).
  • School Readiness Eligibility Redetermination extensions have ended. Redeterminations will be processed as scheduled. Parents/guardians are notified by email and text message of impending deadlines.
  • Expanding purpose for care to establish School Readiness eligibility and for families redetermining SR eligibility or applying to the waitlist. Effective until September 30, 2020:
  • Documented “job search” can be used as a purpose for care.
  • The 20 hour per week of work/education requirements for initial eligibility are suspended.

Emergency Care Scholarship (BG1-ESS) information:

  • First responder and essential health care worker families will receive services with a valid referral issued in three-month increments as long as the provisions of the executive order remain in effect.
  • First responders and essential health care worker families approved for receiving ESS services as of July 31, 2020, may continue to receive services upon employer referral renewal as long as the provisions of the executive order remain in effect or OEL otherwise determines an end date for the program. Eligible families must renew their Emergency Care Scholarship prior to the expiration of their current referral.
  • If a referral is not renewed and the family's income is less than 85% of the State Median income, the family will have three months to re-establish eligibility to continue to receive child care services. Families with higher incomes will no longer be able to participate, as the state focuses on serving those families with the highest need.