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Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Plan for Florida

The Division of Early Learning (DEL) is the lead agency responsible for developing the CCDF State Plan. The School Readiness Program is funded primarily by CCDF. Each state must submit detailed information regarding how the state will ensure the affordability, availability and quality of child care.

2022-2024 CCDF State Plan

The CCDF State Plan for 2022-2024 was due June 30, 2021 and will be effective October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2024.  

2022-2024 CCDF State Plan Public Hearing

A Public Hearing on DEL’s CCDF State Plan FY 2022- 2024 was held via webinar on Monday, May 24, 2021, to gather input and feedback on the proposed draft 2022-2024 CCDF Plan.

2019-2021 CCDF State Plan

2016-2018 CCDF State Plan

2014-2015 CCDF State Plan

Issued Program Guidance

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Division of Early Learning by phone at 850-717-8500 or email

100-199 Office of Early Learning

100 General Provisions

101.02 Records Confidentiality

102 Early Learning Advisory Council

200-299 Early Learning Coalitions

200 General Provisions

202 Reports and Plans

202.80 Early Learning Coalitions Annual Report

202.80 (A) Annual Report Template

202.80 (B) Disenrollment Description Table

206 Coalition Governance

210 Contractors

220 Program Quality and Standards

240 Finance and Budget

240.01 Cash Management Procedures

240.01 (A) Deposit Form Workbook

240.01(B) Simple Interest Template

240.02 Tangible Personal Property

240.02(A) Surplus Property Form

240.02(B) Surplus Property Affidavit

240.03 Collection of Delinquent Accounts

240.04 School Readiness Funds Management

240.05 Prior Approval

240.05 (I) Prior Approval Submission Instructions

240.05 (II) Prior Approval Guidelines

240.05(III) Prior Approval Reference Guide

240.05(IV) How to Submit a Prior Approval Request

240.06 Reimbursement Request Requirements

240.06(A) Reimbursement Requests

240.06(B) Outreach, Awareness, and Monitoring Initiative (OAMI) Reimbursement Requests

240.07 Enrollment and Quality Expenditures for Early Learning Programs

240.09 Reobligation of Returned Restitution

240.10 Travel

240.10 Travel Clarification Reference Guide

240.10 Travel Questions and Answers

240.20 Tracking Costs for Disasters

240. 20 Appendix A Professional Development Mini Grants for Providers

240. 20 Tracking Disasters Costs- Early Learning/Child Care Provider Teach/Staff Member Eligibility Form

240. 20 Early Learning/Child Care Provider Eligibility Form

240.20 Appendix B Infrastructure Mini-grants for Early Learning/Child Care Providers

240. 20 Appendix C Health and Safety Cleaning Supplies/Mini Grants for Providers

Online Training List for Early Childhood Professional Development

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

       240.21 (A) - COVID-19 Crisis - CARES Act Initiatives

240.21 (A) I - Child Care Services for First Responders and Health Care Workers QA Guidance

240.21 (A) II - Bonuses for Child Care Providers - First Responder Guidance

240.21 (A) III - COVID-19 Grant App SR.VPK Provider

240.21 (A) IV - COVID-19 Grant App - Non Contracted

240.21 (A) V - CARES Phase I and II Allocations by Provider

240.21 (A) VI - CARES Phase III Allocations by Provider

240.21 (A) VII - COVID-19 Grant App - All Providers - Phase IV Grants

240.21 (A) VIII - CARES Phase IV Provider Grant Allocations Statewide

240.21 (A) IX - COVID-19 Grants Issued by Phase and Provider Type Workbook

    240.21 (B) - COVID-19 Crisis - CRRSA Act Initiatives

         240.21 (B) I - CRRSA Phase V Provider Grant Allocations Statewide

         240.21 (B) II - COVID-19 Grant App - All Providers - Phase V Grants

         240.21 (B) III - CRRSA Phase VI Provider Grant Allocations Statewide

         240.21 (B) IV - COVID-19 Grant App - All Providers - Phase VI Grants

         240.21 (B) V - COVID-19 Coalition Workforce Initiatives for Early Educators Application

         240.21 (B) VI - CRRSA Grants Issued by Phase and Provider Type

         240.21 (B) VII - ESSER II VPK Coordinated Screening and Progress Monitoring Property Transfer Form Example

240.21(C) - COVID-19 Crisis - ARP Act Initiatives

        240.21 (C) I - ARPA Child Care Stabilization Subgrant Application

        240.21 (C) II - ARPA Infrastructure Deficit Areas Zip Code Listing

        240.21 (C) III - ARPA Child Care Stabilization Subgrant Spending and Documentation Guide

        240.21 (C) IV - ARPA Provider Eligibility

        240.21 (C) ARPA Child Care Stabilization Subgrant Coalition FAQs

        240.21 (C) ARPA Child Care Stabilization Subgrant Provider FAQs

240.22 COVID-19 Guidance for Reimbursement for Closed School Readiness Providers            

250 Accountability

250.01 Other cost Accumulators (OCA)

250.01A – SR and VPK OCA Working Definitions

250.01B – PDG OCA Working Definitions

250.01C – COVID-19 Disaster Relief OCA Working Definitions

250.01D – HMG OCA Working Definitions

250.01E – HIPPY OCA Working Definitions

250.01F – Inactive OCA Working Definitions

250.01G – OCA Short and Long Titles

250.01H – Gold Seal Quality Care Program

300-399 Application and Data Services

300 General Provisions

320 Data Quality

340 Data Dictionary

400-499 School Readiness Programs

400 General Provisions

400.01 Federal Poverty Guidelines

400.01(A) Plan Amendment Justification of Co-Payments Above 10 Percent of Gross Family Income

400.01(B) 2021 Sliding Fee Schedule Memo

400.01(C) 2021 Sliding Fee Schedule Model

404 Child Eligibility

404.01 School Readiness Program Transfers

408 Provider Eligibility

410 Enrollment and Attendance

420 Program Quality and Standards

420.01 Early Learning Performance Funding Project (ELPFP)

420.01(I) Provder Application Guide

420.01(II) Provider Selection and Budget Guide

420.01(III) Contract Guide

420.01(IV) Notifications Dates Table

420.03 School Readiness Quality Performance

420.03  School Readiness Quality Performance Program Guidance

420.03 A School Readiness Program Assessment

420.03 B Quality Improvement Plan Guide

420.03 B1 Sample QIP Notice

420.03 B2 Task and Deliverable Schedule

420.03 C Child Assessment Implementation Guide

420.03 C1 Parent Portal Child Assessment Summary

430 Monitoring and Performance Evaluations

440 Finance and Budget

440.10 Match Reporting Guidance

440.10(I) Instructions for Local Match Reporting

440.10(II) In-Kind Match Requests

440.10(III) Match Reporting In-Kind Flow Chart

440.10(IV) ELC Match Raising, Fundraising and Grant Writing

440.10(D) Sample Valuation of In-Kind Approval Forms

(D-1g) Donation of Goods, Equipment or Furniture

(D-1r) Use of Office Furniture or Equipment

(D-1s) Use of Building and/or Office Space

(D-1v) Volunteer Service

440.10(E) In-Kind Flow Chart

440.10(F) In-Kind Benefit Form

440.10(G) In-Kind Approval Letter

440.10(H) Six Percent Working Poor Benefit Form

440.10(I) Match Documentation and Certification Requirement

440.50 VPK Wrap Rates

440.60 Reporting Expenditures on Teenage Parent Programs (TAPP) for Federal Matching-Fund Requirements

440.60(A) Instructions for Completing TAPP Supplemental Information Form

440.60(B) TAPP Supplemental Information Form

440.60(C) TAPP Provider Profile Information Certificate

500-599 Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program

500 General Provisions

2020-2021 VPK School Year Flexible Option: Rubric for ELC Review 

2020-2021 Florida's Optional Innovative School District Reopening Plan

2020-2021 VPK School Year Program Private Provider Innovative Delivery Plan

504 Child Eligibility

508 Provider Eligibility

508.06 Requirements for VPK Director Credential

508.20 Supplemental Service Fees

508.21 Prohibited Fees and Charges in the VPK Education Program

508.22 Prohibited Forms of Discrimination in VPK Education Program

510 Enrollment and Attendance

510.50 School District Minimum Funding

520 Program Quality and Standards

520.03 Instructional Hours for the VPK Program 

530 Compliance Verification

540 Finance and Budget

600-699 Child Care Resource and Referral

600 General Program Requirements

600.01 CCR&R Program Requirements

700-799 Other Early Learning Programs

710 Child Care Executive Partnership

720 Resource and Referral

730 Even Start


750 Redlands Christian Migrant Association


770 Teenage Parent Program

800-899 (RESERVED)

900-999 (RESERVED)

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The following are memoranda issued by the Division of Early Learning to Early Learning Coalitions to provide guidance and information.


September 8, 2022 – Memo_ELC_House Bill 7 RE Individual Freedom

August 3, 2022 – 2022-23 $15 Hourly Wage for VPK Personnel

June 17, 2022 – VPK Program Assessment Requirement and Training Opportunities

April 14, 2022 – Federal Contracting Requirements for Indirect Costs

February 17, 2022 – Limits on Using Covid-19 Relief Funding to Pay for Overtime and Supplemental Payments for Early Learning Coalition Staff

February 9, 2022 – Use of CCDF Funds by Sectarian Child Care Providers

January 28, 2022 – VPK Director Credential for Private Providers


January 7, 2021 – Sunshine State Early Childhood Information Portal User Request – 2021-001

January 14, 2021 – 2021 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! – 2021-002

March 4, 2021 – New 2021-2022 Statewide SR and VPK Provider Contracts – 2021-003

March 10, 2021 -  High Quality Master In-service Plan: Early Learning Courses – 2021-004 

March 11, 2021 – School Readiness Attendance, Temporary Closures and COVID-19- 2021-005

March 11, 2021 – 2021 Sliding Fee Schedule Program Guidance 400.01 Federal Proverty Guidelines and State Media Income Estimates – 2021-006

March 15, 2021 - Annual Salary and Bonus Cap Certification for CCDF-funded activities – 2021-007

April 1, 2021 - High Quality Professional Learning Catalog (HQPLC): Early Learning Courses OEL 2021-008

April 9, 2021 – School Readiness Expenditure Caps, Hours Required for Summer VPK Program and Payment for VPK Closures – 2021-009 – REVISED

April 9, 2021 – 2021 Summer VPK Guidance and Reimbursement for Closures due to COVID-19 - 2021-010

May 6, 2021 – COVID-19 Grants to Early Learning/Child Care Providers: Phase V – 2021-011

May 20, 2021 – Deobligation and Reallocation of Funds, Suspension of SR Expenditure Caps and Allowable Use of Funds in Accordance with 2021-EO-02 – 2021-011

May 20, 2021 – 2019-2020 VPK Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rates – 2021-12

May 20, 2021 – 2020-2021 Summer Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Reenrollment – 2021-013

June 29, 2021 - 2021-2022 Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program Funding 2021-014

July 8, 2021 - Child Care/Early Learning Disaster Relief Payments to Instructors; Request for Title I Data – 2021-015

July 19, 2021 - 2021-2022 School Readiness Wait List Appropriation 2021-015

October 13, 2021 -  Overview of 2021-22 Monitoring Criteria and Process

October 29, 2021 - Emergent Literacy Training Requirement Memo

November 19, 2021 - VPK Program Assessment Requirement and Training Opportunities Memo