House Bill 419 - What's New to VPK? Come Find Out...

House Bill 419 was passed in legislation this year. Learn about what is coming. Who: VPK Providers What: Changes coming to VPK based on HB 419 When: Monday, September 13th at 10:00 am on Zoom  Why: To Be Ready!!  

BLI Synthesizing Winning Performance (SWP) - V’Locity Master Class program 2021 - 2022

The Business and Leadership Institute for Early Learning (BLI) in partnership with ELC Broward offers Synthesizing Winning Performance (SWP). This eight (8) session series of Master Classes will empower you as a business professional and entrepreneur in the industry of childcare. The course is designed specifically for early learning center or home based owners, operators or educators whose programs contract with ELC Broward County. The curriculum focuses on creative business strategies with an emphasis on quality care and education.  

Instructor Disaster Relief Payments

Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature authorized two qualified disaster relief payments to child care and early learning directors and instructors affected by COVID in Specific Appropriation #80B of the 2021-22 General Appropriations Act (GAA) (Chapter 2021-036, Laws of Florida). This funding is CRSSA federal funding that the State of Florida has authorized to be used for instructor disaster relief payments. These payments are provided to qualified instructors in recognition of their continuing service and dedication to Florida’s children and families.   

Important Information Regarding the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County School Readiness Provider Rate Increase

Great news! We're excited to announce a new rate increase for School Readiness providers! Recently, ELC Broward requested an additional rate increase for Broward's School Readiness small businesses. We just received notice that Florida's Division of Early Learning (DEL), formerly the Office of Early Learning (OEL), has approved our rate increase effective July, 1 2021.

Top 10 Tips for Hurricane Preparedness for Child Care Providers

Hurricane season is upon us.  Learn ways that child care providers can be equipped in the event of a hurricane.  

VPK Applications and Contracts for the 2021/22 Program Year Now Available on the Provider Portal

VPK Applications and Contracts for the 2021/22 Program Year Now Available on the Provide Portal. Please complete and submit both the VPK Application and Contract at the same time as we must review them together. If you are a Provider on Probation, please remember that you must have your improvement plan approved at least 30 days before the start of your VPK program’s start date. School year VPK programs can begin on or after August 18, 2021. Please be sure to register for the new program year on the Bright Beginnings website and order VPK assessment kits if you will need them for AP1. 

Learn More About The Child Tax Credit For Families

The Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan provides relief to most working families. Starting July 15, most families are eligible to receive monthly payments of up to $250 per child ages 6-17 and $300 per child under age 6.

Important Reminder for School Readiness Program Eligibility and Copayments

This is a reminder of the upcoming changes to the eligibility criteria for the School Readiness financial assistance program. Job Search or less than 20 hours of employment and/or educational activity as an initial eligibility criteria for the School Readiness program will expire on June 30, 2021.

Sun-Sentinel Op-Ed: Early childhood education was among pandemic’s victims

Through the first few years of a child’s life, we watch them grow exponentially. From coos to sentences and crawls to runs, parents watch in amazement at how quickly their child learns new things and moves from one stage of development to the next. During a “normal” year, thousands of local children under the age of 6 are enrolled in a child care or prekindergarten program in which their development is enhanced by daily learning opportunities and activities.

Family Connection: Fostering a Love of Math

Children are using early math skills throughout their daily routines and activities. Whether your child counts the number of red cars they see, or the recognizes a shape, math is all around them! In our May/June edition of Family Connection, you'll learn ways to help your child foster a love of math, fun counting books, ELC resources and more!

May 2021 Provider Newsletter

Broward Bookworms - Register for your free books!

Exciting reading adventures await you! This program provides all families with young children (up to 5 years of age) free books by mail  living in Broward County.

Apply Now! Phase V - CRRSA Provider Grant

The ELC is pleased to announce the release of the Phase V (5) Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Support Grants. The grants provide additional funding to Coalitions to support private early learning/child care providers and contracted school district providers that were classified as operational/open on April 1, 2021 and are providing on-site early learning/child care services on the date of application, to assist them in remaining open during the COVID-19 crisis.

School Readiness Program Update:  Copayments Waived for May and June

We have some great news to share! The Office of Early Learning has waived parent copayments for the months of May and June.

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.  

The Early Learning Coalition of Broward County Appoints Two New Board Members to its Board of Directors

The Early Learning Coalition of Broward County (ELC Broward) is pleased to announce the addition of two new board members: Kirk Englehardt and Kristina West. 

VPK Program Updates for Child Care Providers

VPK Provider: The Office of Early Learning has recently released new updates regarding the the VPK Program. Here is some important information we want to ensure you are aware of:  

ELC Broward Partners with WSFL-TV To Bring News to Families

We're excited to announce ELC Broward has partnered with WSFL-TV to bring information to families across Broward County. Check us out on Inside South Florida every Wednesday for news, updates and resources.

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.

School Readiness Attendance Changes: Signing of the Parental Payment Certificate

Effective March 1, 2021, the Office of Early Learning (OEL) will be enforcing signing of the payment certificate in order for your child care provider to be reimbursed for services provided to your child(ren).

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!

Tips for Reconciling EFS MOD Provider Overpayments

Here some information on how to Verify Your EFS MOD Overpayment Balance

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!

Broward educators need access to the COVID-19 vaccine - Sun Sentinel Opinion

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.