Office of Early Learning

What is the Office of Early Learning?
The Office of Early Learning (OEL) serves as the principal organization responsible for enhancement of school readiness. The OEL has duties which include providing final approval and an annual review of coalitions and plans; safeguarding the effective use of federal, state, local, and private resources to achieve the highest possible level of school readiness for the state’s children; adopting a system for measuring school readiness that provides objective data regarding the expectations for school readiness and can be used to assist in determining program effectiveness; developing and adopting performance standards and outcome measures and preparing a plan for measuring school readiness which includes a uniform screening that will provide objective data regarding expectations for school readiness.

Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board, Inc.

The Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board, Inc. is a partnership between business, labor, education, community, and government services that oversees work force development initiatives in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties. Its membership includes a diverse group of business and community leaders dedicated to meet the demands of Southwest Florida’s dynamic workforce. For more information, please visit careersourcesouthwestflorida.com/locate-center/ or call (239) 225-2500.

Coalition News: Hurricane Ian

In response to Hurricane Ian, the Early Learning Coalition of SWFL is dedicated to providing information and assistance to childcare providers of Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties.

School Readiness Providers:  School Readiness reimbursements for September are anticipated to be released on schedule.  If you are able to log into the Provider Portal, please record facility closures for September and submit your attendance.  Payment will NOT be delayed if you are not able to access the portal due to loss of power or internet.

VPK Providers:  VPK Advance has been processed for all providers contracted for advance payments.  VPK reimbursements for September are anticipated to be released on schedule.  If you are able to log into the Provider Portal, please record facility closures for September and submit your attendance.  Payment will NOT be delayed if you are not able to access the portal due to loss of power or internet.

Click HERE for instructions on recording temporary closures in the Statewide Provider Portal.

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