I Did It! Lo Hice!: COVID-19 Vaccine Information to Keep South Florida Healthy & Thriving!
As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes widely available to the public, we know how important it is to provide reliable information to our community. That's why we are thrilled to partner with our community partners from the Health Foundation of South Florida, to help share information about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Important VPK Program Updates For Parents/Guardians
As we approach the summer months ahead, families have several options to continue their child’s learning, growth and development. Families can apply for the Summer VPK program or a VPK Reenrollment online through the Office of Early Learning’s Family Portal. Families may also contact the Early Learning Coalition of Broward for assistance with completing the application and for information on additional summer options.
Developmental Screening Requirement Update: Ages and Stages Questionnaires
School Readiness Child Care Provider: Beginning on March 31, 2021, families receiving School Readiness funding will be asked to complete, decline or defer a Developmental Screening for all children ages birth through kindergarten eligibility (66 months) during their enrollment process.
Family Connection Newsletter: Spring into New Learning Adventures!
Hello ELC Broward Families! Springtime is here and we're delighted to share our March/April edition of Family Connection! In this newsletter, you'll learn ways to help your child form healthy habits, engaging family dinner activities, tips for springtime learning adventures and so much more!
Early Learning Provider Financial Needs Survey - Due no later than March 27
The Early Learning Coalition of Broward County is working in partnership with the Office of Early Learning to gather information from child care providers on any financial challenges and needs you may have as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please take a moment to answer these brief questions in order to give us a better understanding of how your program has been impacted.
School Readiness Rate Increase
Florida’s Office of Early Learning recently announced that School Readiness reimbursement rates were increased as of January 1, 2021. Attached you will find the updated maximum reimbursement rates for School Readiness children. When determining your program’s individual reimbursement rate, your private pay rates are compared to the maximum reimbursement rates, and your reimbursement rate will be the lesser of the two. The increase in the maximum reimbursement rates requires an amendment to your current School Readiness contract (form OEL-SR 20). ELC staff are currently in the process of initiating these amendments on the…
Doing Business with ELC Broward - March Trainings Are Now Open
Want to know... How to better understand your School Readiness and VPK contracts? How to properly enter children's attendance in EFS? How long the children in your program are eligible for subsidy? More about CLASS observations and how they affect your reimbursement? If you have ever wondered about how you can more easily conduct business with ELC Broward... The "A" Team is here to train you!
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.
March 2021 Provider Newsletter: BECEC 2021, PLAN Meeting, Covid-19 Vaccine Info and More!
The March edition of the provider newsletter is jammed packed with lots of great resources and information for child care providers and educators. You'll find information on: COVID-19 Vaccine Information Office of Early Learning News Professional Development Opportunities Free Services
April 2021 Provider Newsletter: The 2021 Transition to Kindergarten Regional Summit
The March edition of the provider newsletter is jammed packed with lots of great resources and information for child care providers and educators. You'll find information on: Summer VPK School Readiness Program Assessment Professional Development Opportunities Free Services
“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.
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.
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.