CARES Act Phase I and Phase II Funding
The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) and the Office of Early Learning, in coordination with early learning coalitions, implemented CARES Act funding strategies to support child care providers facing decreased enrollment or closures and to help providers remain open or reopen. View funding and eligibility information.
The Office of Early Learning (OEL) recognizes child care is a vital need for parents and communities and understand the need to have access to child care services that will enable first responders, health care workers and impacted families to continue shared efforts to address the statewide emergency, COVID-19.
First Responder Parent Resources
Child Care for Health Care Workers and First Responders – The Office of Early Learning, along with local Early Learning Coalitions, has provided child care and early learning services to more than 20,000 children of first responders and health care workers, at free or reduced rates, to support Florida’s response to COVID-19. New applications will be accepted through July 31, 2020. Click here for details about the phasing out of this program.
At Home Resources for Families – The Office of Early Learning is committed to providing families resources to promote learning at home and providing information on COVID-19. Please visit the Office of Early Learning’s Parents page for additional information on family engagement, community resources and so much more.
Providers Serving First Responder Resources
The Office of Early Learning (OEL) is committed to assisting providers throughout this unique crisis. In an effort to support child care providers OEL is:
- ·Developed a Q&A document that prescribes actions taken to minimize financial impact to SR and VPK providers. Florida Department of Education / Office of Early Learning Q & A Guidance – March 26, 2020
- Paying providers for unanticipated absences for parents that chose to keep their children home beginning March 1 and not be required to submit additional documentation.
- Reimbursing providers for current/active SR and VPK enrollments during temporary closures.
- Developing a streamlined process for coalitions to purchase supplies on behalf of providers.
- Authorizing a bonus system to provide additional funding to child care providers that serve families of first responders.
- Offering an emergency provisional licensing process to expedite child care providers’ requests to obtain DCF health and safety inspections for licensure