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Elc put sj - overall review (2)

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    Elc put sj - overall review (2) Elc put sj - overall review (2) Presentation Transcript

    • Our Mission
      • To serve parents, caregivers and educators of children ages birth to pre-kindergarten by managing and evaluating early child care and early childhood education through a quality school readiness delivery system in Putnam & St. Johns Counties.
    • Our Vision
      • Coordinate services that allow all children to enter kindergarten healthy and ready to learn.
    • Our Tag Line
      • Helping Children. Helping Families. Serving Florida.
    • Early Learning Programs
      • School Readiness Subsidized Child Care Program
      • Pre-kindergarten Early Intervention
        • Provided by the Putnam County School District
      • VPK – Voluntary Pre-kindergarten Program
    • Early Learning Plans
      • Each Coalition must implement a plan that includes a comprehensive program of school readiness and VPK services that enhances the cognitive, social, and physical development of children to achieve the performance standards and outcome measures specified by the state.
    • Each Plan Must Provide…
      • Parental co-payment through a sliding fee scale
      • Parental Choice of settings and locations
      • Trained instructional staff
      • Eligibility priority for at-risk and economically disadvantaged children
      • Payment rates approved by the Coalition
    • Plan Requirements, Continued
      • System support and direct enhancement services
      • Strategies to meet the needs of unique populations
      • A fiscal agent who acts on policy direction from the state and Coalition
      • A written description of the role of the program in meeting the state’s educational goal:
      • Readiness to Start School
    • School Readiness Act
      • School Readiness Programs and local Coalitions were created in 1999 by the Florida Legislature with the passage of Florida Statute 411
      • Also known as the School Readiness Act
    • What is School Readiness?
          • Ensuring that children - all children are ready to enter school:
              • -Emotionally
              • -Physically
              • -Socially
              • -Intellectually
    • School Readiness Priorities
      • Children under school age (birth to school entry)
      • Children who are at risk of abuse and neglect, or abandonment
      • Children determined to be at risk of welfare dependency including economically disadvantaged children of migrant farm workers and children of teen parents
      • Children of working families whose family income does not exceed 150 percent of the federal poverty level
      • Children for whom the state is paying a relative caregiver
      • Children who may not be economically disadvantaged but have disabilities or special needs
      • Economically disadvantaged children, children with disabilities and children at risk of future school failure
      • Children who meet federal and state eligibility requirements for the migrant preschool program
    • School Readiness continued…
      • School Readiness programs provide a subsidy for parents
      • Parents pay a co-payment based on a sliding fee scale based on their income
      • The sliding fee scale is based on the federal poverty level guidelines
    • School Readiness Delivery System
      • School Readiness programs are provided in a variety of settings:
        • Private Providers
        • Faith-based Providers
        • Relative Caregivers
        • School-based Providers
    • Programs & Services to Children Birth to 5 years
      • Child Care
      • Pre-Kindergarten
      • Health Services
      • Screening & Assessments
      • Resource & Referral
    • What is included in school readiness?
      • Minimum standards for all programs
      • “ Raise the bar” - incentives for program operators to improve quality
      • Training opportunities for individuals who work with children
      • Sharing “best practices”, training, and resources
    • Building Our System
      • Single point of entry - all locations provide access/information on all programs
      • Quality standards are defined, implemented and continue to improve
      • Quality is rewarded
      • Success is measured by child outcomes
      • Established in 2005 with the passage of HB 1-A; Florida Statue 1002
      • Program implemented in each county at the beginning of the 2005-2006 school year
      • Each child who resides in the state who has attained the age of 4 years on or before Sept. 1, is eligible for the VPK program during that school year
      • No cost associated with the VPK program
      Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)
    • VPK Enrollment
      • The parent of each child eligible may enroll the child in one of the following programs:
      • A school-year prekindergarten program delivered by a public school, private, or faith-based provider
      • or
      • A summer prekindergarten program delivered by a public school, private or faith-based provider
      • Except as provided in FS 1002.71, a child may not enroll in more than one of these programs
    • VPK Application Process
      • Parents must complete the application process and provide proof of Florida residency and proof of child’s birth
      • The application must be submitted through the single point of entry
        • The Coalition contracts with a primary service provider:
        • Episcopal Children’s Services
          • (904) 726-1500
    • Role of Local Coalitions
      • To provide program oversight and to set local policy
      • To build upon program strengths
      • To identify gaps in services
      • To develop goals and standards for early learning programs within the service delivery area
      • To monitor programs for quality and compliance
      • To raise the bar of quality in local programs
    • Coalition Composition
      • Members include representatives from child care providers, school system, health services, education, the business community, and the Department of Children and Families
      • There must be at least 18 but no more than 30 members
      • More than 1/3 of the membership must be from the Private Business Sector, and neither they nor their families may earn an income from the early education and child care industry
    • What will it do for children?
      • Maximize “learning moments”
      • Help children prepare for and succeed in school
      • Provide them with quality pre-school opportunities
      • Provide access to quality programs and services
    • What will it do for parents?
      • Help them make informed choices regarding placement of their children
      • Provide valuable consumer information regarding program services, standards, and quality
      • Provide them with a one stop system approach to pre-school programs and services
      • Provide a subsidy for parents who cannot otherwise afford quality child care, so they can work
    • What will it do for the community?
      • Provide quality early learning services to our children
      • Increase chances of success in school for our children
      • Research shows that quality pre-k programs help children get along with others and start school ready to succeed
      • For at-risk children who attend quality programs, these short-term gains are followed by long-term benefits such as lower crime rates
    • Law Enforcement Leaders are United
      • In a response to a Mason-Dixon Polling, 71% of the nation’s law enforcement leaders chose providing more after school programs and educational child care programs as the most effective strategy for reducing youth violence and crime
      • Additional state and federal funds must be allocated so that all at-risk children can receive QUALITY pre-kindergarten services
    • Return on Investment
      • For every $1 invested, more than $7 is saved in crime, rehabilitation, welfare and other associated costs, based on a study conducted by the Chicago Child-Parent Center
      • An analysis conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, shows that the annual ROI for pre-k programs is 16% after adjusting for inflation
      • In comparison, the return on US stocks is 7% annually after adjusting for inflation
    • Children Served in SR Programs-Putnam/St. Johns
      • Required to serve at least 2,000 children in the Putnam and St. Johns School Readiness Subsidy Program
        • More than 1,000 Enrolled in Putnam
        • Less than 1,000 Enrolled in St. Johns
      • Through a contract with the Putnam County School District, approximately 150 of those children are served in the school-based Program
      • Approximately 600 children are on the waiting list for school readiness services in both counties
    • Children Served in VPK Program
      • More than 500 Children are currently being served in the VPK program in Putnam County
      • Almost 800 Children are currently being served in the VPK Program in St. Johns County
    • Other Services
      • Resource and Referral
        • Links parents, regardless of income, to the child care services they seek
        • Refers parents to other social services, if needed
      • Developmental Screenings
        • All children are screened to identify potential problems in child development
        • Vision and Hearing Screenings
      • USDA Food Program
        • Provides nutrition oriented technical assistance and training to providers, assists in planning menus
      • Parenting Workshops
        • Monthly activity calendars and parenting tip sheets distributed to parents
      • Provider Services
        • Technical assistance and workshops to promote quality child care
    • Funding
      • For the past four years, the Coalition has received a base allocation for School Readiness of approximately $8 million.
      • No more than 5% can be used for administrative costs.
      • More than 4% must be spent on Quality Initiatives.
      • The allocation must be fully expended with in 1.5% to ensure level funding for the next program year. Slot utilization must be carefully monitored and projected to ensure expenditures are within the threshold.
      • VPK Allocation is based on enrollment, currently the coalition is receiving over $3 million for both counties.
    • Provider Agreement to Ensure Quality Standards
      • The School Readiness Provider Agreement was implemented to ensure minimum quality standards and adherence to school readiness requirements defined in statue
      • The agreement was phased-in to allow for trainings and technical assistance for providers to become fully compliant with the requirements of the new agreement
      • The agreement has been used as a prototype in other counties for implementation
    • Impact of Agreement
      • The Coalition made substantial gains in quality for child care throughout the community with the implementation of the school readiness provider agreement
      • Even if a provider only serves one school readiness child, the quality improvements benefit all the children in the setting, not just those receiving subsidies
      • Therefore, the bar of quality is raised in our community for all children in child care settings
    • School Readiness Curriculum
      • All School Readiness Providers are required to use a developmental appropriate curriculum
      • And a character development curriculum
    • Quality Enhancements
      • Providers receive quality improvements such as:
        • Developmentally appropriate curriculum, toys, manipulatives, and books
        • Outdoor equipment such as sand boxes, slides, water tables, swings, etc.
    • Scholarships and Stipends Awarded Annually
      • Scholarship and Professional Development opportunities are outlined in the Professional Development Plan for:
      • Special Workshops, Conferences and Trainings
      • CDA/E Courses/Renewals
      • Associates and Bachelor’s Degrees
      • Accreditation and Re-Accreditation
    • How can you get more information?
      • Talk to a Coalition Member
      • Attend Coalition Meetings
      • Contact the Executive Director
        • Dawn E. Bell, (386) 328-8225
        • Email: dbell@elcpsj.org
      • Or Visit our website
        • http://www.elcpsj.org