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