Despite the uncertainty and often tragic news that has become a part of our new normal, the Coalition’s mission to provide our little ones’ with the best available child care options to ensure their health and growth remains strong and continues to adapt! Each day, we are overtaken by the courage of our Providers who continue to work hard for our children and their families, especially at a time when the sacrifices are more than expected … our child care providers still show up!
And they care for the children of those who are still showing up for us as health care workers and first responders. Throughout the duration of the Coronavirus pandemic we want to extend additional emergency supports. The Office of Early Learning, Department of Health and Governor have all made supporting this heroic group of health care workers and first responders a priority by offering crucial community supports.
Therefore, the Coalition and all Early Learning Coalitions across the state have revised the definition of “at-risk” to include children of first responders and health care workers, which allows Coalitions to utilize our at-risk referral process and provide School Readiness benefits to children of these families from birth to age 13 with NO INCOME LIMIT when attending a School Readiness contracted Child Care Provider.
In order to qualify, you must:
PLEASE NOTE: The Florida Department of Education’s Office of Early Learning along with local early learning coalitions throughout the state are prioritizing childcare for first responders and health care workers. Child care services for these personnel will be provided regardless of income.
Please click the link below to learn even more about this program, including Eligibility Requirements and Application Process.
Please review and share the below linked CDC resource document with your staff.
Included in the document:
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