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OEL Guidance for School Readiness and VPK Providers for June and July 2020
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December 30, 2019
The Early Learning Coalition reminds all School Readiness and/or VPK Providers of the contractual requirement to maintain general liability insurance.
As per the School Readiness Contract, in accordance with s. 1002.88(1)(m), F.S., and VPK Contract, in accordance with s. 1002.55(3)(j), F.S. PROVIDER agrees to maintain general liability insurance and provide the coalition with written evidence of general liability insurance coverage, including coverage for transportation of children if School Readiness program and/or VPK children are transported by the PROVIDER. PROVIDER must obtain and retain an insurance policy that provides a minimum of $100,000 of coverage per occurrence and a minimum of $300,000 general aggregate coverage. PROVIDER must add the coalition as a named certificate holder and as an additional insured. PROVIDER must provide COALITION with a minimum of ten (10) calendar days' advance written notice of cancellation of or changes to coverage.
The general liability insurance required by this paragraph must remain in full force and effect for the entire period of the School Readiness Contract and/or the VPK Contract. This includes any periods of time when there are no School Readiness and/or VPK children enrolled with the provider.
The Early Learning Coalition has instituted a zero-tolerance policy; failure to maintain general liability insurance may result in the termination of the School Readiness and/or VPK contract and revocation of the ability to deliver the School Readiness and/or VPK Program for a period of five (5) years.
School Readiness Program Assessment News
Where are you on all this?
It is our goal to ensure you understand all aspects of the School Readiness Program Assessment (SRPA).
Contract Minimum Threshold: Provider must achieve a minimum score of 2.51 on the program assessment tool to contract with the School Readiness Program.
Quality Improvement Threshold: A provider who scores between a 2.51 to 2.99 is eligible to contract with the School Readiness Program but must participate in a Quality Improvement Plan.
Quality Improvement Plan: A targeted 12-month plan to improve program quality using performance goals and strategies.
A childcare center’s enrollment is 20% or less of all filled School Readiness childcare slots of the maximum capacity or
A Family Child Care Home’s enrollment is two or fewer of all filled School Readiness childcare slots of the maximum capacity and
Programs cannot receive one (1) Class I or more than three of the same Class II violations
Threshold scores will increase in the future, as a provider; it is incumbent upon you stay informed of SRPA changes.
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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. J. Abilio Rodriguez
Executive Director of Centro Mater Child Care Services. Centro Mater provides Early Head Start, Head Start and private childcare in the greater Hialeah community. Prior to joining Centro Mater, Dr. Rodriguez was with the Miami-Dade County Department of Human Services as a Head Start/Early Head Start Special Projects Administrator.
Early Learning Coalition Partner Meetings for Miami-Dade and Monroe Early Childhood Partners, May 2020 Meetings
- Provider Services Committee Meeting - Virtual Meeting on May 18 at 9:00 a.m.
- To join click here https://zoom.us/j/94827294815
- Click here for the March 2020 Webinar Provider Meetings.
- Click here to download the presentation for the December 2019 Meetings
Upcoming Board of Directors Meetings
- Monday, February 3, 2020/David Lawrence Jr. Community Meeting Room 2555 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Suite 210, Coral Gables, FL 33134
- Monday, March 2, 2020/Key Largo, FL, Location TBD
- Monday, April 6, 2020/David Lawrence Jr. Community Meeting Room 2555 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Suite 210, Coral Gables, FL 33134
- Monday, June 1, 2020/David Lawrence Jr. Community Meeting Room 2555 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Suite 210, Coral Gables, FL 33134
- Monday, August 3, 2020/Marathon, FL, Location TBD
- 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
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Florida Office of Early Learning Provider Newsletter
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:
- 8-18 months
- 18-24 months
- 24-36 months
- 36 to 48 months
- 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)
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)
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:
- Creative Curriculum -https://teachingstrategies.com/state/florida/
- HighScope -https://highscope.org/location/highscope-and-florida/
- Galileo Pre-K - http://www.ati-online.com/galileopreschool/indexPreschool.php
- Frog Street - http://www.frogstreet.com/correlations-state/
- Scholastic Big Day -https://www.hmhco.com/products/big-day-pre-k/big-day-for-correlations-standards.htm
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
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.
Mini-Grants for Early Learning Providers
Infrastructure & Health & Safety Mini-grants for Early Learning Providers
- 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)
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
*Attachments will be provided with the funding applications. Additional information to follow.