Statement of Agency Organization and Operation
Our office focuses on access to high-quality early education, accountability and transparency, and assisting and maintaining the vital network of early learning providers who nurture the developing mind.
The Office of Early Learning (OEL) headquarters is located at 250 Marriott Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2500. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is also the mailing address where the public may obtain information, submit documents or make requests.
OEL is headed by an executive director who is fully accountable to the commissioner of education. As required by Section 20.15(2)(i)1, Florida Statutes, the executive director administers the early learning programs, including the School Readiness Program and the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program at the state level.
OEL is fully accountable to the commissioner of education but independently exercises all powers, duties and functions prescribed by law. It is not part of the K-20 education system.
OEL administers federal and state child care funds and partners with 30 local early learning coalitions and the Redlands Christian Migrant Association to deliver comprehensive early learning services statewide. The office oversees three programs—the School Readiness Program (as authorized per F.S. 1002.82), the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program (as authorized per F.S. 1002.53), and Child Care Resource and Referral services (as authorized per F.S. 1002.92).
OEL is organized into the following units:
Voluntary Prekindergarten Program and Policy
VPK Regional Facilitators
School Readiness Program and Policy
School Readiness Regional Facilitators
Partner Initiatives and CCR&R
Application and Data Services
Financial Administration and Budget Services
Availability of Records and Publications
Except as limited by applicable statutory restrictions and confidentiality requirements, all OEL records are public and shall be made available for inspection. Copies may be obtained at a cost not to exceed the cost of reproduction plus any special service charge for clerical or supervisory assistance.
Agency publications and records may be obtained by contacting the pertinent office that published the document.
Publications, documents and forms, or other information may be obtained by visiting www.floridaearlylearning.com or by contacting the agency clerk:
Office of Early Learning
250 Marriott Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Agency clerk email address: AgencyClerk@oel.myflorida.com
Documents can be filed in person, via regular or express mail, or electronic mail directed to the agency clerk.
Any document received by the office of the agency clerk after 5 p.m., including electronic mail filings received after 5 p.m., shall be filed as of 8 a.m. on the next regular business day. Parties who opt to file via electronic mail are responsible for any delay, disruption or interruption of the electronic signals and accept the risk that the document may not be properly filed as a result
Variances from and Waivers of Agency Rules
To obtain information about variances from or waivers of agency rules and to file a petition for variance or waiver contact the agency clerk.
Hours of operation during which filings will be accepted:
M-F (with the exception of state and federal holidays)
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The agency index of final orders issued by the Office of Early Learning may be found at the Division of Administrative Hearings.