December 30, 2020
January 7, 2021 Provider netWORK Webinar
 
You are invited to a Zoom webinar!
When: January 7, 2021 09:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: January 2021 Provider netWORK Meeting

Please register for this webinar using the blue button below. You will receive a confirmation email after completing your registration.
 
If you have any questions please submit them through the Redline
January Virtual Board Meeting

January 13, 2021 11:00 AM CDT
 
Mark your calendars and don't miss the January Board Meeting!
 
Please call: (646) 558-8656 using meeting ID number: 365 921 3194
 
We look forward to you joining us virtually on Wednesday, January 13!
VPK Providers:

The 2020 Legislature created Section 448.095 to address the issue of E-Verify.
The law requires that for any contract executed after January 1, 2021, the subcontractor must register in the E-Verify system and provide an affidavit stating that they do not employ, contract with, or subcontract with an unauthorized alien.
As this language relates to SR and VPK providers, any new statewide contract executed for these services after January 1, 2021, will require registration and an affidavit.
A folder has been created in the Profile – Document Tab for the E-Verify Affidavit to be uploaded and will have an annual submission requirement going forward.
Please reach out to your Contract Specialist if you have any questions regarding this matter.

SR Providers:

For January, paid absences have returned to the “normal” 10 paid absences. We know that providers are still being affected by COVID-19, and we understand your worries with this “normal” implementation, but paid absences will require the proper documentation starting this month. 
 
Providers, you get 3 “E’s” – Excused Absences and 7 Extraordinary Circumstance Absences. These 7 extraordinary circumstance absences must have appropriate documentation. The documentation will need to be uploaded into the Attendance screen of the EFS Mod System. If the documentation is uploaded solely into ShareFile, or not uploaded at all, your attendance for those children who were absent more than 3 days will be rejected, and we will ask that the documentation be put into the EFS Mod System.
 
Parent Co-payments are back in effect starting January 1, 2021. It is your responsibility to make sure that co-pays are collected from the parents. If you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to your Contract Specialist.
We need your help to identify and encourage parents to join the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC was organized to give parents the opportunity to come together and share their family's unique needs. Please download a copy of the flyer by clicking the button below.
 
Ways you can help us spread the word!

  • Place a copy of the flyer below on your lobby bulletin board
  • Print copies of the flyer and give it to each of your children to take home
  • Include a digital copy of the flyer in your parent newsletters or emails
Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) Certificate Program
 
Gulf Coast State College - FCCPC Courses begin January 6.
 
B Session (January 6, 2021 – March 2, 2021) 
EEC1701-11583: Child Development ​
EEC2240-14019: Social Studies & Creative Expression ​
C Session (March 3, 2021 – May 7, 2021)​
EEC1319-14018: Portfolio/Supervised Work Experience​
Florida GLR Presents Dr. Paige Pullen from the Lastinger Center at UF
 
Helping Students Read Words Virtually: The Flamingo Literacy Teaching Platform
Join the party on January 15, 2021 at 10:30 am EST to review the book selection process, and learn how to maximize students reading progress.
January Virtual Study Buddies Sessions
Available to all early childhood educators who have completed the targeted online course and would like to participate in a review or refresher of the course content prior to taking the end of course assessment. Click below to view the calendar.
Ages and Stages Questionnaire Social-Emotional (ASQ-SE)
Coming to you January 2021
The Coalition is excited to bring this opportunity to our SR Providers. This on-site tool will assist our Providers in evaluating potential social-emotional concerns for children in their care.
 
The Coalition will be offering the following:
 
  • On-Site Teaching Assistant with the ASQ-SE Screening Tool
  • Teaching Assistant for ASQ Brooks online
  • ASQ-SE Kits
 
If you have any questions or need to request assistance, please email ASQ@elcnwf.org.
The Florida Department of Education (DOE) and Office of Early Learning (OEL) have worked to find flexible and meaningful ways to help providers meet the financial challenges brought on by the pandemic. From March through September, SR and VPK providers were both reimbursed based on enrollment instead of attendance. For October, SR providers were reimbursed for up to 16 total absences without documentation and up to 14 days in November, and up to 12 days in December. As of October 1st, VPK providers are reimbursed according to the “80/20 rule” consistent with the VPK contract.
 
For January, all current policies resume. SR and VPK providers will be reimbursed accordingly:
 
  • Open SR providers will be reimbursed for up to 10 total absences (3 excused and up to 7 with documentation).
  • Parents are required to pay the SR copayments.
  • Open VPK providers will continue to be reimbursed according to the “80/20 rule” consistent with the VPK contract. This means that you will be reimbursed 100% for students who attend at least 80% of the month.
 
Regarding provider site closures, OEL will continue the standard practice of paying for temporary closures due to COVID or another state of emergency in accordance with rules 6M-4.501 and 6M-8.204(5), FAC. Please note that absences are not counted during a temporary closure due to a state of emergency.
Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! 2021: January 25-29
 
2021 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! will be held January 25-29, 2021. This annual event aims to raise awareness of children’s literacy and foster their love for reading. This year's theme is: Humanity tells a story: What’s YOUR chapter?
 
The Office of Early Learning provided a list of example book titles to be read by children PreK - 2nd Grade during the 2021 celebration of literacy week! Below is the Coalition selected title, which will be read aloud and shared virtually with VPK providers. 
To review the 2021 Celebrate Literacy Campaign click HERE! Please email the Redline if you have any questions.
Bay and Gulf County: Rilya Wilson Contact
 
The Big Bend Community Based Care Office number has been turned back on.
Please call them at 850-747-5755 and select extension 0 to report Rilya Wilson absences for Bay and Gulf Counties. 
QPS Reminder
As a reminder please log into Quality Performance System (QPS) by the 10th of each month to update your staff roster. Once your staff rosters are updated, remember to press submit, ensuring the system remains current and up to date.
 
The Office of Early Learning (OEL) requires all providers receiving composite scores to update their rosters at least monthly in the QPS.
Office Closures
 
The Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida hopes you, your family, and friends have a Happy New Year! In observance of the holiday, all Coalition offices will be closed Friday, 1/1/21.
Florida KidCare

In a time when the health and safety of our community are most important, help keep the children in your center insured.
 
Encourage families in your centers to contact ELCNWF for information and assistance applying for Florida KidCare.
 
Call 850-747-5400 X 108 or request CCR&R via the link below!
January Special Dates
January 1
New Year’s Day - All ELCNWF offices will be closed
 
January 2
National Science Fiction Day
 
January 4
National Spaghetti Day
 
January 6
National Cuddle Up Day
National Technology Day
January 8
National Bubble Bath Day
 
January 9
National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
 
January 11
National Milk Day
 
January 13
National Rubber Ducky Day
National Sticker Day
January 15
National Hat Day
 
January 18
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - All ELCNWF offices will be closed
National Winnie The Pooh Day
 
January 19
National Popcorn Day
 
January 24
National Peanut Butter Day
 
January 25
National Opposite Day
 
January 28
National Kazoo Day
 
January 29
National Puzzle Day
 
January 31
National Backward Day
We exist to grow healthy children, parents, and the relationship between them.
Sponsored by the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida and the State of Florida, Office of Early Learning