CARES Act Supplemental Funds For Child Care Providers
The Office of Early Learning and the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County are pleased to announce continued support for Florida’s early learning/child care providers. Consistent with one of the key tenants of the CARES Act Supplemental Funds for “Continued payments and assistance to child care providers in the case of decreased enrollment or closures, and to assure the providers are able to remain open or to reopen,” two phases of funding is available: Phase I: Emergency Child Care Relief Grants and Phase II: High-Quality Reopening Support Grants for Providers.
CARES Grant Virtual Information Sessions
ELC Broward will be hosting TWO virtual webinars to provide step-by-step guidance on how to properly fill out the CARES grant applications.

We are working with OEL to customize a portion of the grant applications for local purposes, as a result, we will send out the finalized applications to child care providers via email as well as post on our website on Monday, July 13, prior to the first CARES Grant Information session. To avoid any confusion or errors on your application, please do NOT attempt to fill out and submit a CARES grant application to ELC Broward before Monday, July 13.

CARES Grant Information Session #1
July 13, 2020 10:00 AM EDT


CARES Grant Information Session #2
July 14, 2020 11:00 AM EDT


Please note: space is limited to the first 500 attendees. If the first session is full, please register for the second session.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Again, we kindly ask that you do not fill out and send in your application before Monday, July 13. We wouldn't want for you to have to fill out the application twice.
CARES Grant Information & Eligibility
Phase 1: Emergency Child Care Relief Grants for Providers
These funds are allocated to coalitions to support the 4,189 School Readiness (SR) and Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education providers and the 2,291 non-contracted providers that were open for business on April 30, 2020 . The base grant funding is based upon the provider’s total capacity as reported to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) or the Enhanced Field System (EFS) Mod capacity data. Contracted SR providers also receive an additional bonus for serving infants and toddlers or children with special needs.
 
Contracted Providers (SR/VPK) must meet each of the following eligibility criteria for payment:
  • Early learning/child care provider was open for business providing early learning services as of April 30, 2020 (and may have had intermittent closures); and
  • Early learning/child care provider has a current/active SR or VPK contract on April 30, 2020 with at least one early learning coalition or Redlands Christian Migrant Association, Inc. (RCMA); and
  • Early learning/child care provider completes the grant application.
 
Non-Contracted Providers must meet each of the following eligibility criteria for payment:
  • Early learning/child care provider was open for business providing early learning services as of April 30, 2020 (and may have had intermittent closures); and
  • Early learning/child care provider agrees to complete a Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) profile in the Florida Early Learning Provider Services Portal; and
  • Early learning/child care provider has not received any Class I DCF violations within the past 12 months; and
  • Early learning/child care provider did not have a contract with the early learning coalition that was terminated for cause within the past five years; and
  • Early learning/child care provider is not included on the Florida Child Care Food Program (CCFP) USDA Disqualified List; and
  • Early learning/child care provider completes the grant application, which includes submitting an IRS Form W-9 for payment.
 
Phase 2: High-Quality Reopening Support Grants for Providers
These funds are allocated to coalitions to support the 2,246 SR and VPK providers and non-contracted providers that were closed on April 30, 2020 . High-quality SR providers are those that earned a program assessment/CLASS score of 3.5 or higher within the last 12 months. The 36 non-contracted high-quality providers are those that earned the Gold Seal status.
 
Contracted Providers (SR/VPK) Early learning/child care providers will receive additional funding based on their DCF capacity, when available, or EFS MOD Provider Profile capacity data if DCF capacity is not available, with a minimum amount based upon capacity. Providers must meet each of the following eligibility criteria for payment:
  • Early learning/child care provider was closed for business as of April 30, 2020  and has reopened providing early learning services or plan to reopen by August 1, 2020 (consistent with local ordinances or restrictions); and
  • Early learning/child care provider has a current/active SR or VPK contract on April 30, 2020 with at least one early learning coalition or Redlands Christian Migrant Association, Inc. (RCMA); and
  • Early learning/child care provider has either Gold Seal status or CLASS composite score of 3.5 or higher; and
  • Early learning/child care provider completes the grant application, which includes plans for expenditure of funds and reopened date or tentative date for reopening.
 
Non-Contracted Providers   Early learning/child care providers will receive additional funding based on their DCF capacity. Providers must meet each of the following eligibility criteria for payment:
 
  • Early learning/child care provider was closed for business as of April 30, 2020 and have reopened providing early learning services or plan to reopen by August 1, 2020 (consistent with local ordinances or restrictions); and
  • Early learning/child care provider agrees to complete a Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) profile in the Florida Early Learning Provider Services Portal; and
  • Early learning/child care provider has not received any Class I DCF violations within the past 12 months; and
  • Early learning/child care provider did not have a contract with the early learning coalition that was terminated for cause within the past five years; and
  • Early learning/child care provider has either Gold Seal status or CLASS composite score of 3.5 or higher; and
  • Early learning/child care provider is not included on the Florida Child Care Food Program (CCFP) USDA Disqualified List; and
  • Early learning/child care provider completes the grant application, which includes plans for expenditure of funds, entering a reopened date or tentative date for reopening, and submitting an IRS Form W-9 for payment.