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Redeterminations in EFS Modernization

FOR CHILD CARE PROVIDERS: The EFS Modernization portal will be offline Thursday, February 25, 2021 from approximately 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. EST. OEL will be deploying the upcoming/past due redetermination lists that were mentioned at the last PLAN meeting.

Regional Virtual Summits Announced for 2021

The Florida Office of Early Learning (OEL) began the Transition to Kindergarten (T2K) initiative in 2017 by providing extensive planning and collaborative opportunities between coalitions and school districts staff.

Legislative Update: 2 Part Series Community Forum

Join us on Friday, February 19th and Tuesday, February 23rd for the BLI Zoom Community Forum. 

Broward County School Readiness Provider Rate Increase

School Readiness Partners!  We are pleased to announce that the Florida Legislature and Governor DeSantis approved an additional $50 million to be spent to reduce the differences in School Readiness (SR) reimbursement rates across the state.

Upcoming Attendance Changes: Signing of Payment Certificate

School Readiness Provider: We want to make you are aware of some upcoming changes you will notice pertaining to the Provider Portal. OEL will begin enforcing the signing of  the payment certificate for School Readiness families on the Family Portal to complete their enrollment or redetermination process.

February 2021 Provider Newsletter: Celebrate Black History Month

The February edition of the provider newsletter is jammed packed with lots of great resources and information for child care providers and educators.

Quick Tips for Provider Reimbursement Reports

Please see these helpful hints for accessing OEL Reimbursement Report in your provider portal. You can now download your reports by service period or payment period. Contact your reimbursement specialist if you have any questions.

“If you give a child a book…” Book Giveaway!

WSFL-TV (Channel 39: The CW) partnered with the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County (ELC Broward) for the “If You Give a Child a Book…” campaign with the Scripps Howard Foundation to fundraise and purchase NEW books for kids in our community. Employees at the TV station, along with their viewers raised over $10,700 to purchase almost 1,100 books for kids in Broward County. 

Important Information about December Providers Reimbursement

Some of you may have noticed that there are “adjustment transactions” in your December SR and local reimbursement reports. These adjustments have the code “PPA” and they DO NOT affect the amount of your January reimbursement for the December 2020 service period. 

Florida Early Childhood Educator Training Stipend

The Office of Early Learning is excited to share that Florida Early Childhood Educators are eligible for a $75 stipend upon the successful completion of any of the following courses by June 30, 2021, or until the stipend funding is depleted.

Join Children's Week Florida and become a part of the annual event, Celebration of the Hands!

Each year since 1986, early learning programs, schools, and individual families across the state, have created children’s hand artwork for a stunning visual display at the Capitol Rotunda during Children's Week Florida. 

2021 Legislative Updates Community Forum

Join the  Business & Leadership Institute on Wednesday, January 13th and Thursday, January 14th for the Zoom Community Forums to update you on State and National Legislative 2021 initiatives. 

Stay Up to Date on SRPA and CLASS Happenings…

During the 2018 legislative session, the Florida Legislature passed a bill (HB 1091) that increases quality and accountability in the School Readiness Program. The Office of Early Learning (OEL) and Early Learning Coalition of Broward County partnered in the implementation of HB 1091 which is now called School Readiness Program Assessment (SRPA).

Implementation of E-Verify Screening Requirements

Providers must learn about the new E-Verify requirements as they impact Early Learning Coalitions (ELCs) and early learning providers with contracts to deliver the School Readiness (SR) or Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program. EVerify is an Internet-based application that employers use to confirm that a newly hired employee is authorized to work in the United States.

First Responder Co-Payment Clarification

We have received feedback that clarification is needed on the assessment of co-payments for First Responder parents beginning January 1, 2020. As the below communication reads from the First Responder Phase Out flyer:

2020-21 VPK Flexible Innovative Options Has Been Extended

The Office of Early Learning (OEL) has provided important information regarding the extension of the VPK Flexible Innovative Options Program. We are pleased to continue to provide parents with choice by extending approved VPK providers (VPK Flex Program) through the end of the 2020-21 VPK School Year Program.

Child Care for Health Care Workers and First Responders Program Phase Out Information

The Office of Early Learning has provided important information regarding the phase-out of the Child Care for Health Care Workers and First Responders Program. 

Stay Up to Date on CLASS and CLASS Happenings…

During the 2018 legislative session, the Florida Legislature passed a bill (HB 1091) that increases quality and accountability in the School Readiness Program. The Office of Early Learning (OEL) and Early Learning Coalition of Broward County partnered in the implementation of HB 1091 which is now called School Readiness Program Assessment (SRPA).

CARES Act Grants Phase IV Available Now

Applications will be due back to ELC Broward by close of business on Monday, December 14.

How to Indicate Emergency Closures on your SR and/or VPK Attendance

The Office of Early Learning has now given providers the ability to report emergency closures in the Provider Portal so that these closures will be reflected on the SR and VPK attendance. Below you will find detailed instructions on reporting closures for the entire site, as well as closures of selected classrooms. 

CARES Grants Phase IV (4) Coming Soon!

We've got great news for child care providers!! CARES Grants Phase IV (4) is about to be released by the Office of Early Learning. This phase of funding is available to ALL currently open VPK providers and child care facilities, regardless of whether they are contracted with the ELC. Facilities can be eligible for up to $3,250, based on licensed capacity.

November Family Connection Newsletter

Welcome to our November Family Newsletter! 

October Provider Newsletter

Check out the the October Provider Newsletter: Updates on November Reimbursements,  School Readiness & the Ages and Stages Questionnaire and more!

VPK Progress Monitoring Pilot Program

The VPK Progress Monitoring Pilot will provide the opportunity for VPK providers to implement STAR Early Literacy in their VPK programs in the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years.

VPK School Year Options Through December 31st 2020

The Florida Department of Education (DOE) and the Office of Early Learning are approving flexible options for early learning providers to support parents rejoining the workforce and mirror the choices parents have for K-12 students. Eligible providers can choose to apply to offer a flexible innovative learning model or a hybrid model.

Introducing the 3Ts: A fun new way to learn!

We hope you and your family are doing well during these difficult times. We know the past several months have not been easy. While your child's learning has been a priority, figuring out ways to keep them engaged can be challenging. That's why we’re so excited to share a new resource that may be useful as you look for ways to support your child’s early learning at home: the 3Ts Digital Tool, available on any phone or computer at the3Ts.org.

Broward: Read for the Record 2020

The Early Learning Coalition of Broward County and the Children’s Services Council of Broward County invites you to celebrate literacy and the power of reading on October 29th, 2020, by volunteering to read for Broward: Read for the Record! This year’s chosen book, “Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away” by Meg Medina, is a celebration of lasting friendship, the power of connection, and encountering change! Part of the national Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® campaign, this event mobilizes millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy by participating in the largest shared reading experience.