CARES Grants

Application Deadline: August 3, 2020

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 closes, and to assure the providers are able to remain open or to reopen,” attached is Program Guidance for Phase I: Emergency Child Care Relief Grants and Phase II: High-Quality Reopening Support Grants and the allocation of $71,952,835 of the Child Care Development Fund/CARES Act funds.
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. The allocations for Phase I are found in Attachment 5 totaling $49,229,725 to support these Florida’s child care providers.
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. The allocations for Phase II are also found in Attachment 5 totaling $19,114,493 to support the reopening of these Florida’s high-quality child care providers.

The CARES Grant Information Session

Child Care Resource and Referral Profile

To be included in the Broward Child Care Resource and Referral database, click the link below and create a new account on Florida’s Early Learning Provider Portal. Once your account is activated, you will have an opportunity to create a Provider Profile about your program. The information on your profile will be shared with families seeking quality child care in Broward county.

CARES Grant Application Submission

Once your application is complete with the necessary documentation, please submit them to

Frequently Asked Questions

UPDATED: July 15, 2020
In response to the questions posed by ELC Broward concerning the clarification of the definition of “open for business” on April 30, 2020 for purposes of the CARES grant, the Office of Early Learning has responded accordingly.   Please see the responses to the specific questions listed below:
Question: What if Providers were providing instruction to their families through virtual learning April 30? 
Answer:   Phase 1 grants are intended for providers that were open, had children present and were providing early learning services on premises on April 30, 2020; therefore, these providers would not qualify as “open.”
Question:  What if Providers were open for teachers to clean, etc., but had no children April 30?
Answer: Please see previous response.In other words, children needed to be physically present at your facility, with you/your staff providing instruction to them on April 30.