Potential Rate Increase For Child Care Providers
Provider reimbursement rates for non-school age children may be going up soon! Last week, our ELC Broward Board of Directors unanimously approved a maximum reimbursement rate increase of $2.50 per child per day, not including school-age children. This increase must be approved by the Office of Early Learning, but we are hopeful they will do so soon. If approved, the increase will take effect for services from July 1 and will add up to $650 per child per year to School Readiness child care provider reimbursements!
Child Care Quality Booster Mini-Grants
Our Board of Directors also approved the creation of a local supplemental mini-grant process that will provide up to $2,500 per eligible child care facility to enhance quality services for children. The Office of Early Learning approved ELC Broward's proposal this week! Much like the mini-grants just offered through the Office of Early Learning, this process will be a simple one-page application, where providers will attest that they will use funding for quality purposes. Please look for the announcement and application form on our website early next week!
CARES Act Stimulus Dollar Grants
Additionally, the Office of Early Learning is finalizing the rules and the application processes for approximately $60 million CARES Act stimulus funding for child care providers statewide, and we expect the finalized product to be available for us to present to you sometime next week. This grant process is more complex, and as soon as the Office of Early Learning formally announces availability of the funds, and makes its application forms available we will schedule a virtual CARES Act meeting to provide technical assistance for filling out the forms. We will keep you posted as soon as we hear anything.