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Dr. Daniel Armstrong

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Representing Programs for Children with Disabilities.

Dr. Eileen Fluney

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

Ms. Jennifer Roig

President/Founder of the Roig Academy, Private Provider Representative.

Upcoming Meetings

Provider  Meetings

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

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November 10, 2022 Meeting

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October 13, 2022 Meeting

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September 8, 2022 Meeting

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August 10, 2022 Meeting

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July 13, 2022 Meeting

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June 8, 2022 Meeting

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May 11, 2022 Meeting

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April 13, 2022 Meeting

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March 9, 2022 Meeting

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February 9, 2022 Meeting

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January 12, 2022 Meeting

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December 15, 2021 Meeting

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November 10, 2021 Meeting

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September 15, 2021 Meeting

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July 14, 2021 Meeting

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June 9, 2021 Meeting

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May 12, 2021 Meeting

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April 14, 2021 Meeting

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March 31, 2021 Meeting

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March 17, 2021 Meeting

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March 10, 2021 Meeting

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March 3, 2021 Meeting

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February 17, 2021 Meeting

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February 10, 2021 Meeting

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February 3, 2021 Meeting

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January 27, 2021 Meeting

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January 20, 2021 Meeting

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January 13, 2021 Meeting

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January 6, 2021 Meeting

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December 16, 2020 Meeting

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December 9, 2020 Meeting

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December 2, 2020 Meeting

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November 17, 2020 Meeting

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November 4, 2020 Meeting

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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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August 26, 2020 Meeting

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

 

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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.

American Rescue Plan Act Grant Round 2

The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe is excited to share information about the Child Care Stabilization Grant Program Round 2 funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). 

The grant application was released on October 31, 2022, in the Provider Portal. Please don't fill out the application before viewing the information session on our YouTube Channel.

  • Download the Child Care Stabilization Subgrant Provider Frequently Asked Questions from the Division of Early Learning

American Rescue Plan Act Funding –  Provider Stabilization Subgrants

Early learning coalitions will receive additional funding to support private early learning/child care providers that were licensed/registered/certified/regulated by or before March 11, 2021, or that are Child Care and Development Fund eligible at the time of application and are providing early learning/child care services on the date of application to assist them in remaining open during the COVID-19 crisis. Qualifying providers must have remained open and operational, except for temporary closures due to public health, financial hardship, or other reasons related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Providers may qualify for Provider Stabilization Subgrants, in addition to any grant awarded in Phases I – VI.

The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe is excited to share information about the Child Care Stabilization Grant Program funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). 

Grant Priorities

  • Stabilize and support Florida’s entire network of early learning providers.
  • Expand access to high-quality providers for families where cost is the primary barrier
  • Invest in quality
  • Invest in the early learning workforce and take steps to transition Florida’s early learning workforce into the early learning profession
  • Strengthen Providers

This new provider grant opportunity is provided by different funding than previous grants received by your program and follows federal guidance through a new application process. The grant application is scheduled to be available in the Provider Portal Monday, March 7, 2022. The application will be open until June 30, 2022

Eligibility

Early learning/child care providers must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • They were licensed, registered or regulated under the appropriate state or local law on or before March 11, 2021.

OR

  • They meet Child Care and Development Fund health and safety requirements including completion of comprehensive background checks.

AND

  • Early learning/child care provider agrees to complete a current fiscal year Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) profile in the Florida Early Learning Provider Services Portal, if not previously completed; and
  • Early learning/child care provider did not have a contract terminated for cause within the past five years and provider is in good standing with the early learning coalition; and
  • Early learning/child care provider is not under investigation or has been convicted of child care fraud; 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 submits an IRS Form W-9 for payment and direct deposit forms (as required by the coalition), if not previously submitted; and
  • Early learning/child care provider completes the ARPA Stabilization Subgrant – Round I Application (Attachment 1), which includes child counts, monthly operating expenses, and budget for funds use. 

Grant Amount  

Early learning/child care providers will receive base subgrants based on their enrollment at the time of application, with a minimum of $12,000 per provider. Base subgrants will be calculated depending on the age of enrollments as indicated below:

  • Infants and Toddlers: $867 per child
  • Children 2 – Kindergarten Entry: $702 per child
  • School-Age: $540 per child

Providers will receive an additional award of $70.20 per School Readiness child enrolled at the time of application. In addition, providers will receive supplemental bonuses calculated as percentages of their base subgrant according to the rates below:

ARPA Bonus Category

How can these funds be utilized?

  • Payroll/Benefits, Other Personnel Costs
  • Rent or Mortgage, Business Operating Costs and Facility Expenses
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Cleaning Supplies and Services
  • Professional Development related to Health and Safety Practices
  • Mental Health Supports for Children and Child Care Employees
  • Equipment and Supplies in Response to COVID-19
  • Goods and Services to Maintain/Resume Child Care Services
  • Workforce Investment
  • Copayments or Tuition Waivers

Providers will implement policies in line with guidance and orders from state and local authorities and, to the greatest extent possible, with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) when open and providing services.

The CDC has posted several fact sheets and guides to help child care providers understand and meet the guidelines at the following:


Resources

Download the Child Care Stabilization Subgrant Provider FAQs (updated)

Download the Child Care Stabilization Subgrant Spending and Documentation Guide

Download the Child Care Stabilization Subgrant Provider Eligibility

Visit our YouTube Channel for training on "How to Apply for the ARPA Grants"