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.