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.

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).

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.

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. 

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.

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  

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.

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  

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: