Please review and share the below linked CDC resource document with your staff.
Included in the document:
IMPORTANT: Click below to view/download the latest Childcare Facility Guidance for COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine
Please feel free to share this with your network.
In support of Florida’s families and preschool providers, the Office of Early Learning has created a resource to aide in the implementation of technology with our youngest learners, their families and communities. The Office of Early Learning Virtual Supports and Online Resource contains helpful tips for providers wishing to stay connected to the families they serve, suggestions for teachers and families as they work together to support preschoolers at home and online learning resources for all. Please see Attachment 2. Also, check out this new resource on the Department of Education’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) website at http://www.fldoe.org/em-response#hr
Primary – COVID-19 Call Center: (407)-665-3000, option 1
Secondary– Margaet Mielies: (407) 280-7089
Note: To report COVID-19 after business hours, please call 407-665-3000, option 1. This will get the caller in touch with our answering service who will connect the caller with the on-call epidemiologist.
Reporting Temporary Closures on EFS Mod
Please see the below link for guidance on completing the temporary closures or partial site/classroom closures in EFS Mod.
Note: These documents are found in Sharefile in the Forms Folder. Login will be required.
The Division of Early Learning and ELC of Seminole are pleased to announce Phase VI grants which will provide additional funds through the CARES Act to support Florida’s early learning/child care providers.
These opportunities are available for both Providers who are contracted with the ELC as well as Non-Contracted Providers. Additional funding to support private early learning/child care providers and contracted school district providers that were classified as operational/open on September 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.
Private providers are also eligible for additional allocation for workforce incentives. Providers must expend this allocation on workforce initiatives such as recruitment/onboarding expenses (e.g., $250 as a signing bonus, $300 for onboarding), retention/upskilling (e.g., $500 as retention bonus after six (6) months employment, and completing the 45 hours of DCF training, monthly teacher stipend that incentivizes retention and helps with increased hourly wages).
School district providers, whether public or charter, must have an active SR or VPK contract on the date of application in order to qualify, and funds are based on the total distinct number of SR and/or VPK children served in FY 2020‐21 as opposed to DCF capacity. Contracted school district providers operating the VPK Flex option are also considered eligible. Public/charter schools are not eligible for workforce incentive allocations.
Private Early Learning/Child Care Providers – Early learning/child care providers must meet each of the following eligibility criteria for payment:
Note: The term “consistent with local ordinances or restrictions” for Phase VI grants may include those providers not permitted to establish on‐site early learning/child care services until a later date due to local ordinances or restrictions and those contracted school district sites operating the VPK flex option. If providers do not begin on‐site early learning/child care services by the established date by the local school district, the coalition may take the necessary actions to recoup these funds.
CONTRACTED PUBLIC/CHARTER SCHOOLS:
Early learning/child care public/charter school providers must have an active SR and/or VPK contract with a local early learning coalition for the current fiscal year on the date of application and will receive additional funding based on the total number of distinct children served during the fiscal year 2020‐21. These providers must also meet the requirements for Phase VI – Private Early Learning/Child Care Providers above.
Public/Charter schools may complete one Grant Application Form and email a list of the eligible public schools to email@example.com
Subject Line: CONTRACTED PUBLIC/CHARTER SCHOOLS LIST