Provider Update: 05-15-20
Please read all updates carefully and take action as needed. Contact the Coalition if you have any questions on the updates provided below. 772-220-1220. Thank you!
Provider Survey: 5/18 Deadline!
Providers that closed their centers at any time must complete the survey on the Provider Portal by the close of business on Monday, May 18, 2020 .

If the survey is not completed in the portal and received by the 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020 , per the Office of Early Learning, payment must be withheld by the coalition for the May service period.

If you have questions, please contact:
Johanna Cruz
(772) 223-3858
Guidance on First Responder Bonuses
We would like to provide an update on the First Responder Bonuses. We are tracking this information for each provider, however OEL has not provided us with guidance processing the bonus at this time. They have informed us that each provider will only be paid by their host ELC. If you have children from multiple ELCs, then the full bonus you are eligible for will be paid by the host county.

Example: If you are in Martin County and have 4 children from Martin, 3 from St Lucie County and 2 from Palm Beach County for a total of 9 eligible children. You would be paid the $4,000 from ELCIRMO and not receive funds from the other ELCs.

At this time we have elected to move forward with your SR payments without the bonus instead of delaying the payments while waiting for the necessary guidance and attendance data from neighboring ELCs.
VPK Updates
VPK School Year Reenrollment
  • Children who have completed more than 70% of the 19/20 VPK school-year program are permitted to reenroll in another 19/20 school year VPK program at an open VPK Provider

VPK Summer Providers Needed - All Counties
  • Site must be open and meet requirements
  • Teacher must have Florida Educator certificate or an approved bachelor’s degree
  • VPK contract amendment will be necessary
  • VPK classes are allowed to have less than 4 children during the 2020 Summer program (per DOE waiver 5/13/20)

School Readiness Curriculum
Economic Development Council Webinar
The Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County’s Virtual Business Recovery Center will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at 2:00 pm-3:15pm , in collaboration with Indian River State College’s Small Business Development Center and The Early Learning Coalitions of St. Lucie and IRMO. Please plan to attend to learn about resources in your community.

Information to attend meeting below:
Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:
   Please click this URL to join.

Or join by phone:
   Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
       US: +1 929 205 6099 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799
   Webinar ID: 937 5714 8554
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