The Coalition has been assessing providers with the ERS since 2009 and in 2012 – 2013 fiscal year providers are invited to participate in a voluntary Quality Rating System with one of the key elements being an ERS assessment. Below are some resources to assist providers with the ERS assessment.

ERS Clarification Notes as of May 20, 2012

The following notes for clarification from the authors of the ERS have been updated recently. Most of these changes are a result of the Newest Edition of “Caring For Our Children” (3rd Edition)

“Notes For Clarification” on the ERS website: www.ersi.info

Environment Rating Scales Frequently Asked Questions

Many providers in Southwest Florida have questions regarding the ERS and we’ve discovered through our technical assistance process that many providers have the same questions. Here, we will answer frequently asked questions, but welcome any of the providers to call us with their specific questions if it is not answered below.

Download  ERS Frequently Asked Questions.

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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