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COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) and the Office of Early Learning, in coordination with early learning coalitions, have allocated more than $456 million to support Florida’s youngest learners, their parents and caregivers, and providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds have provided resources and support to help early child care and education providers remain open or re-open, pay parent co-pays and provide mini-grants to providers and educators to help them continue to enhance their skills and classroom environments for both safety and high-quality learning.

More Information on Florida Department of Education/Office of Early Learning COVID-19 Response 

Phase I and Phase II Funding 

These funds supported providers that were open on April 30, 2020 and helped re-open providers that were closed on this date and reopened or planned to reopen by August 21, 2020.

COVID-19 Grants to Early Learning/Child Care Providers: Phase I and Phase II 

Grant Application: SR/VPK Provider - Attachment 3 (240.21 (III) Grant Application for School Readiness and VPK Providers)

Grant Application:Non-Contracted Provider - Attachment 4 (240.21 (IV) Grant Application for Non-Contracted Providers

Allocations by Provider - Attachment 5 (240.21 (IV) CARES Phase I and II Allocations for Supports to Contracted and Non-Contracted Providers)

CARES Act: Phase I and II Estimated Allocations 

Implementation of CARES Act Funding: Phase I and Phase II

Memo 2020-19: COVID-19 Grants to Early Learning/Child Care Providers:Phase I and Phase II

Phase III Funding

These funds supported providers, including contracted Public/Charter School providers and CLASS exempt providers, that were closed for business as of April 30, 2020 and either reopened or planned to reopen by August 31, 2020.

The following documents provide further details on implementation:

Emergency Funding Assistance for Early Learning/Child Care Providers

Grant Application: SR/VPK Provider - Attachment 3 (240.21 (III) Grant Application for School Readiness and VPK Providers)

Grant Application: Non-Contracted Providers - Attachment 4 (240.21 (IV) Grant Application for Non Contracted Providers)

CARES Phase III Allocations by Provider Statewide: Guidance 240.21 - Attachment 6

Memorandum: COVID-19 Grants to Early Learning/Child Care Providers: Phase III - 2020-026

Memorandum: COVID-19 Grants to Early Learning/Child Care Providers: Phase III

Phase IV Funding

Coalitions will receive additional funding to support private early learning/child care providers and contracted school district providers that were classified as operational/open on October 15, 2020, and providing on-site early learning/child care services on the date of application, to assist them in remaining open.

The following documents provide further details on implementation:

Crisis Emergency Funding Assistance for Early Learning/Child Care Providers 

Grant Application: SR/VPK Provider - Attachment 3 (240.21 (III) Grant Application for School Readiness and VPK Providers)

Grant Application: Non-Contracted Providers - Attachment 4 (240.21 (IV) Grant Application for Non Contracted Providers)

Allocations by Provider - Attachment 5 (240.21 (IV) CARES Phase I and II Allocations for Supports to Contracted and Non-Contracted Providers)

CARES Phase III Allocations by Provider Statewide: Guidance 240.21 - Attachment 6

COVID-19 Grant Application: All Providers - Phase IV Grants - Attachment 7

CARES Phase IV Provider Grant Allocations Statewide - Attachment 8

First Responder Program

The Office of Early Learning (OEL) recognized child care as a vital need for parents and communities and understood the need to have access to child care services that enabled first responders, health care workers and impacted families to continue shared efforts to address the COVID-19 emergency. 

Child Care for Health Care Workers and First Responders – The Office of Early Learning, along with local Early Learning Coalitions, provided child care and early learning services to 28,000 children of first responders and health care workers, at free or reduced rates, to support Florida’s response to COVID-19. The application period ended July 31, 2020, and the program ended on March 31, 2021.

Child Care for Health Care Workers and First Responders

240.21 COVID – 19 Crisis Emergency Funding Assistance for Early Learning/Child Care Providers

            240.21 (I) Child Care Services for First Responders and Health Care Workers FAQs

            240.21 (II) Child Care Provider Bonus for Serving Children of Eligible First Responders and Health Care Workers

Rising K Program

In an effort to minimize potential loss of learning due to school and private prekindergarten program closures in spring 2020, the Rising Kindergarten (Rising K) program is based on practices that produce the greatest gains, targeted to support students with the most significant pre-academic and academic need.

Program Guidance 780.01

Memorandum of Understanding

2020 Rising Kindergarten Program Application

2020 Rising Kindergarten Program Application Budget

2020 Rising Kindergarten Program Funding Allocation

Other Resources

Florida Department of Education Resources 

Office of Child Care Mental Health and Wellness Resources

Mental Health and Social Emotional Supports for Partners

Virtual Supports and Online Resources

Department of Education Coronavirus (COVID -19) Updates