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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).

More than 75,000 instructors working with approximately 9,500 providers received a $1,000 check in the first round of disaster relief payments this fall. Instructors who received a check have 180 days to cash the checks.

A second round of payments is scheduled to go out early next year.

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.

To be eligible for the first round of checks, child care and early learning instructors had to 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.

Information about the second round of checks will be provided soon.