The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

Stabilization Grants for Early Learning Programs are now available. This means new funding to operate your programs and offset the increased cost of doing business during these challenging, pandemic times!

The online application process for SWFL begins Friday, March 4, 2022. Here are a few
important things to know about this grant:

  • All applications are completed through the Provider Portal.
  • Your Provider Profile must be up to date to complete the application.
  • Successful applicants will attend ELC trainings on how to complete the application.
  • Links for Zoom (virtual) training sessions, including a special session offered for Spanish speakers (solo, en Español) are provided below.

FAQ en Español

If you are unable to join a live training, please view the recorded training (on our website) before completing the application.

ELC staff are available to provide technical assistance after the trainings to assist you with questions about the application.

Have questions about completing the ARPA application? This video may help.

Helpful ARPA Grant links:

Phase VI Grants 

There is additional funding available through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act funds for all providers in Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties.

Allocations will be made to ELC contracted and private providers based on DCF/local licensing capacity and to public/charter school providers based on the 2020-2021 number of children served.

ELC contracted and Private providers are also eligible for additional funding for Workforce Initiatives. This additional allocation must be used by providers on incentives for teachers.

The allocation chart is below:

Providers can submit their application in the Webauthor program.

For best results, use Google Chrome.

Questions: Contact Gayla.Thompson@elcofswfl.org

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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