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Disaster Relief

Child Care and Early Learning Instructor Disaster Relief Payment

Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature authorized two qualified disaster relief payments to child care and early learning instructors affected by COVID in Specific Appropriation #80B of the 2021-22 General Appropriations Act (GAA) (Chapter 2021-036, Laws of Florida). These payments are provided to qualified instructors in recognition of their continuing service and dedication to Florida’s children and families. These payments will be provided directly to qualified individuals through the U.S. mail.

This payment is not considered taxable income. This payment is considered a qualified disaster relief payment under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code. Qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 are generally not includible in gross income for tax purposes and are not reportable as income on a federal income tax return. There may be tax implications of this payment depending on your individual circumstances. You should consult with your tax advisor for more information regarding your individual tax situation. There will not be a 1099 issued for these payments.

Child care and early learning instructor must be:

  • Employed as of July 1, 2021 at a private child care, early learning center or family child care home or at a public school assigned to a VPK or Title I prekindergarten program;
  • Employed at the time the center/program director submits the application; and
  • Assigned to a classroom, full-time or part-time.

Directors of private child care/early learning centers and District Directors of VPK programs will receive an email invitation (from Donotreply_disasterrelief@oel.myflorida.com) to access an online portal to verify instructor information. Data on eligible district Title I prekindergarten instructors will be obtained from the district.

If you are a director and do not receive an email invitation, first check your SPAM folder. Email invitations were sent to the director’s email address listed in the provider portal. If still missing, please email the help desk at disasterrelief@oel.myflorida.com or call 1-833-258-6735. 

Important! Please include the following information in all email messages:

  • Name of center  
  • Physical address of center
  • DCF License Number or Provider ID for center from the provider portal

NOTE: Only directors can submit and verify instructor data.