Legislative Corner

2020 Florida Legislative Update

As we near end of the the 2020 Florida Legislative Session, there are many early learning related bills that are moving through both the houses and also has the Governor’s interest.

House Bill 1013 on Early Learning and Early Grade Success from State Representative Erin Grall (Indian River) and co-sponsored by Representative Pat Williams (Pompano Beach).

This comprehensive bill makes several changes to the Office of Early Learning as well as overhauling the VPK assessment method and the Gold Seal accreditation process. The bill has had strong support in both chambers and is likely to pass and be signed into law. We want to share what these changes are and how they will affect you and the children you serve.

Click here for a summary of the bill changes and a list of other proposed bills affecting early learning.

Legislative Advocacy Update Breakfast
Please join us at the ELC for Legislative Advocacy Update breakfast event on Thursday, March 12th from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM. We encourage you to come by and learn about these and other legislative changes and how they may impact our work in the early learning world! 

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Association of Early Learning Coalitions

Modifies Health and Safety Requirements

Deletes the provision that health and safety requirements are satisfied by compliance with licensure.
Coalition Number and Mergers

Maintains language permitting 31 or fewer coalitions and lowers required number of children to be served to 1,700. Removes waiver language for mergers.

Parent Copayment

Requires a parent copayment of at least 10% of a family’s income but gives coalition authority to grant a waiver to the parent copayment on a case-by-case basis.

Expenditure Caps

Requires that no more than 18% may be used for administrative, nondirect, and quality expenditures and the administrative costs must not exceed 4%. OEL is given authority to provide a waiver to this limitation to any coalition during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 fiscal years (OEL notes that after two years ELIS will be operational and will result in cost savings).

Statewide Payment Rates

Requires OEL to adopt statewide payment rates based on the prevailing market rate, uniform by care level and provider type. Provider payments will be based on the statewide rate multiplied by the district cost differential.
VPK Good Cause Exemption

Requires OEL to establish criteria for good cause exemptions to VPK reenrollment clause.


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