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									Florida’s Office of Early Learning




                                            Early Learning Coalition
                                             School Readiness Plan




Plan Approval Date:____________                                                                Approved By:______________________________




Original 2010 SR Plan Board Approved 06/02/10, Effective 07/01/10, FOEL Approved 07/19/10
Most recently updated with the 2010 SR Plan amendment #1 through #9 (see School Readiness Plan Amendment Revision Log)
Florida’s Office of Early Learning


PART 1 COALITION OPERATIONS
Element 0.1.1 Coalition Governance Board Membership
Element 1.1.1 Coalition Identification and Information
Element 1.2.1 Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation
Element 1.3.5 School Readiness Transportation Services

PART 2 COALITION MANAGEMENT
Element 2.1.1 Eligibility and Enrollment Process
Element 2.2.1 Children Served
Element 2.3.1 Parent Access
Element 2.4.1 Choice of Settings
Element 2.5.1 Sliding Fee Scale
Element 2.6.1 Payment Rates

PART 3 COALITION DIRECT ENHANCEMENT SERVICES
Element 3.1.1 Community Needs Assessment
Element 3.2.1 Extended Day and Extended Year Services to Support Self-sufficiency
Element 3.3.1 School-age Care
Element 3.4.1 Collaboration and Coordination of Services with Other Entities
Element 3.5.1 Parent Training and Involvement
Element 3.6.1 Family Support Services
Element 3.7.1 Unique Population Groups
Element 3.8.1 Health Screening

PART 4 COALITION SYSTEM SUPPORT SERVICES
Element 4.1.1 Services
Element 4.2.1 Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum
Element 4.3.1 Character Development Curriculum
Element 4.4.1 Age-appropriate Screening
Element 4.5.1 Age-appropriate Assessment
Element 4.6.1 Healthy and Safe Environment
Element 4.7.1 Provider Eligibility
Element 4.8.1 School Readiness Provider Agreements/ Certificates/ Contracts

Original 2010 SR Plan Board Approved 06/02/10, Effective 07/01/10, FOEL Approved 07/19/10
Most recently updated with the 2010 SR Plan amendment #1 through #9 (see School Readiness Plan Amendment Revision Log)
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Element 4.9.1 Coordinated Staff Development and Training

PART 5 QUALITY ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES
Element 5.1.1 Quality Activities
Element 5.2.1 Resource and Referral and School-age Care
Element 5.3.1 Discretionary Funds Activities Related to Infant and Toddler Early Learning
Element 5.4.1 Discretionary Funds Related to Inclusive Early Learning

PART 6 ATTACHMENTS
0.1.1   Board Membership
1.2.1 A Bylaws
1.2.1.B Articles of Incorporation
1.2.1.C Organizational Chart
2.1.1   Priority of Funding
2.5.1   Sliding Fee Schedule
2.6.1.A Payment Rates – Putnam County
2.6.1.B Payment Rates – St. Johns County
3.1.1   Community Needs Assessment
3.2.1   Extended Day-Year Services
3.7.1   Unique Population Groups
4.2.1   Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum Approval and Monitoring Process
4.3.1   Character Curriculum Approval and Monitoring Process
4.8.1.A School Readiness Provider Agreement
4.8.1.B School Readiness Informal Provider Agreement
4.8.1.C School Readiness Statewide Provider Agreement



 THE COMPLETION OF THIS EARLY LEARNING COALITION PLAN MUST BE ACCOMPLISHED
IN CONJUCTION WITH 60BB-9.110, FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE CODE, THE EARLY LEARNING
                       COALITION PLAN GUIDANCE RULE .


Original 2010 SR Plan Board Approved 06/02/10, Effective 07/01/10, FOEL Approved 07/19/10
Most recently updated with the 2010 SR Plan amendment #1 through #9 (see School Readiness Plan Amendment Revision Log)
          Florida’s Office of Early Learning


                                                            PART 1 COALITION OPERATIONS

          Element 0.1.1 Coalition Governance Board Operation
Section
           411.01(5)(a)4-7, F.S., establishes requirements for coalition board membership. The following policies clarify the
           requirements for board membership:
                  FOEL File # 206.04 - Appointment to early learning coalitions of representatives of programs for children with
                   disabilities
                  FOEL File # 205.05 - Early Learning Coalition Board Membership

          Criteria:
          Check “Yes” if the coalition adheres to the statutory and program instruction requirements, along with the following:
                 Board members are drawn from and are representative of all counties served by the coalition;
                 Board decision-making is conducted with a quorum (s. 411.01(5)(a)8, F.S.); and
                 All board and committee meetings are noticed and conducted in accordance with s. 286.011, F.S.,
                  documentation and notification requirements, including written meeting minutes.

          If the coalition does not completely adhere to the statutory requirements and program instruction check “No” and
          describe how the coalition will conform to the requirements.

          Coalitions are required to use the Coalition Membership Form when submitting a copy of the board membership as an
          attachment. This form is designed to correlate to the requirements outlined in statutes and FOEL program instructions.



          Does the Board membership (included in Attachment 0.1.1) adhere to statute and policy requirements?
          (s. 411.01(5)(a)4-7., F.S.)(FOEL File # 206.01, FOEL File # 206.02 , FOEL file # 206.03, FOEL file # 206.04)

                      Yes
                      No, and the following describes how the coalition will completely conform to the requirement:



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          Most recently updated with the 2010 SR Plan amendment #1 through #9 (see School Readiness Plan Amendment Revision Log)
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 Element 1.1.1 Coalition Identification and Information


Coalition Name:       Early Learning Coalition of Putnam and St. Johns                         FEIN #:                59-3691819
                      Counties
Address:              440 N. State Road 19, Suite 440                                          Mailing Address
                      Palatka, FL 32177                                                        (if different)
Phone:                386-328-8225                                                             Fax:                   386-328-5599
E-mail Address:       dbell@elcpsj.org

Chairperson’s Name                        Nancy R. Pearson
Address (if different than above):        1000 Sawgrass Village Drive, Suite 101, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Executive Director’s Name:           Dawn E. Bell

Counties represented by Coalition:          Putnam and St. Johns Counties



 I hereby attest that all information provided in this plan is accurate and complete to the best of my belief and knowledge, and once
 approved, ensure that all services will be conducted in accordance with the approved plan. I also ensure that the local services will be
 in compliance with all applicable Florida Statutes and Regulations, Florida Administrative Codes, Federal Statutes and Regulations,
 and any other requirements as stipulated by Florida’s Office of Early Learning.



Chair Signature:                                                                   Executive Director:

Printed Name:                  Nancy R. Pearson                                    Printed Name:              Dawn E. Bell

Date Signed:                                                                       Date Signed:


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 Most recently updated with the 2010 SR Plan amendment #1 through #9 (see School Readiness Plan Amendment Revision Log)
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Element 1.2.1 Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation

Section 411.01(5)(d)4.i., F.S., requires that a coalition submit articles of incorporation and bylaws if the
coalition is organized as a corporation. FOEL File # 206.10 Early learning coalition articles of incorporation
and bylaws clarifies the requirements for articles of incorporation and bylaws.

Criteria:

Check “Yes” if the coalition adheres to statutory requirements, program instruction, and the following:

         The articles of incorporation and bylaws containing the minimum requirements established in s.
          617.0202 and 617.0206, F.S.;
         Written policies or bylaws clearly delineate the responsibilities of the coalition board, its
          committees, and the executive director;
         New board members receive orientation training, including the roles and responsibilities of the
          board and executive director and sunshine law requirements;
         Board members follow a written code of ethics s. 411.01(5)(a)10, F.S.;
         Bylaws and/or operating procedures clearly define the differences in responsibilities of voting and
          non-voting board and committee members;
         Policies or bylaws that clearly delineate members’ roles in the participation in discussion and
          decisions involving early education or related services, including discussions about the
          effectiveness and quality of programs and services. (These roles relate to non-voting, voting and
          committee members who provide early education or related services);
         Bylaws include a parliamentary authority reference (e.g. Robert’s Rules of Order, Sturgis Standard
          Code of Parliamentary Procedure);
         All references to Florida The Partnership for School Readiness are replaced with Florida’s Office of
          Early Learning;
         The corporate name begins with “Early learning Coalition of” and then reflect the county or
          counties served or a name reflective of the coalition’s region;
         The counties that the coalition serves are reflected in the bylaws;


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Most recently updated with the 2010 SR Plan amendment #1 through #9 (see School Readiness Plan Amendment Revision Log)
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         The purpose, intent, goals, or values contained in the bylaws and articles of incorporation reflect the
          addition of the legislative charge for voluntary prekindergarten;
         Any reference to membership, regarding board composition, terms, and voting is in accordance
          with law and policy;
         There is a general statement that the articles of incorporation and bylaws are a part of the coalition’s
          plan and any amendments to them constitute an amendment to the plan;
         Articles of incorporation or bylaws contain the following references: s. 112.313, s. 112.3135, and s.
          112.3143, F.S.; and
         Amending bylaws or articles of incorporation must follow the procedures outlined in FOEL File #
          206.10.

            Yes
            No

Copies of the bylaws, articles of incorporation, and organizational chart must be included as an
attachment. If the coalition does not completely adhere to statutory requirements or program instruction
check “No.”



Element 1.3.5 School Readiness Transportation Services
Section 411.01014, Florida Statutes, allows a coalition to provide School Readiness Transportation Services to at-risk children.

By checking “Yes,” the coalition attests that it offers School Readiness Transportation services to at-risk children and has received
Agency prior approval. If the coalition does not offer School Readiness Transportation services, check “No”.



Does the coalition offer School Readiness Transportation services to at-risk children and has the coalition received prior approval of
the Agency for this service? (s. 411.01014, F.S.)

             Yes

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             No

The ELC will not provide transportation to school readiness children at risk of abuse or neglect. If transportation is needed by the
parents, guardians or foster parents of children at risk of abuse of neglect, CCRR staff will assist the parent, guardian, or foster parent
by offering referrals to child care facilities that offer transportation.



                                                PART 2 COALITION MANAGEMENT

Element 2.1.1 Eligibility and Enrollment Processes

        A. Does the coalition adhere to eligibility priorities established in statute and rule? (s. 411.01(5)(b), F.S.; s. 411.01(5)(d)4.d.,
        F.S.; s. 411.01(6), F.S.)(60BB-4.200 – 60BB-4.207, 60BB-4.209, F.A.C.)

             Yes

             No, and the following describes how the coalition will completely conform to the requirement:

        B. Has the coalition established additional eligibility priorities? (s. 411.01(5)(d)4.d., F.S.)

             Yes, and the priorities are included in Attachment 2.1.1.

             No



Element 2.2.1 Children Served

        Does the coalition serve at least the minimum number of children required? (s. 411.01(5)(a)1., F.S.)

             Yes

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            No, and the coalition acknowledges that failure to serve the minimum number of children required shall result in
        disapproval of its school readiness plan and may result in dissolution of the coalition unless the coalition submits a request for
        a waiver to the Agency and meets the requirements of s. 411.01(5)(a)2., F.S.:

             Under s. 411.01(5)(a)3., this coalition (Sarasota, Osceola, or Santa Rosa) is exempt from the requirement above.



Element 2.3.1 Parent Access

        Does the coalition have an established policy that ensures parents have unlimited access to their children whenever children are
        in the care of school readiness providers? (CFR 45 Part 98.31)

             Yes

             No, and the following describes how the coalition will completely conform to the requirement:



Element 2.4.1 Choice of Settings

        Does the coalition ensure that parents are offered a choice of settings in legally operating programs; licensed, registered,
        religious-exempt, school-based, and informal programs, including access through certificate options? (s. 411.01(5)(d)4.b, F.S.;
        s. 411.01(7)(a), F.S.)(45 CFR 98.1 & 98.30)

             Yes

             No, and the following describes how the coalition will completely conform to the requirement:




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Most recently updated with the 2010 SR Plan amendment #1 through #9 (see School Readiness Plan Amendment Revision Log)
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Element 2.5.1 Sliding Fee Scale

        A sliding fee scale, which is used to determine each family's contribution to the cost of early learning, must vary based on
        parents’ ability to pay. A copy of this sliding fee scale for early learning services is provided as Attachment 2.5.1. (s.
        411.01(5)(d)4.a, F.S.)(45 CFR 98.42)

        Does the coalition have a sliding fee scale which is based on parents’ ability to pay for services and provide for temporary
        reduction of parent fees in extenuating circumstances?

             Yes, and the following describe the factors used to establish the sliding fee scale:

        The Early Learning Coalition (ELC) has adopted the Sliding Fee Scale distributed by FOEL which sets fees at or below 150%
        of a family’s income. Second and all additional children pay a reduced fee of 1/2 of the fee of the first child. The youngest
        child will be assessed the full fee. Older siblings will pay the 1/2 fee. Fee reductions and waivers are available for children in
        protective services at the request of their caseworker. To request a fee reduction or a waiver, the caseworker must complete
        and sign a form indicating the reason for the request. The eligibility specialist then grants the request on a case by case basis
        and signs the request to indicate that the eligibility specialist has reviewed it.

             No



Element 2.6.1 Payment Rates

        Coalitions are required to establish payment rates that encompass all programs funded by the coalition and take into
        consideration the most current market rate survey and the number of children to be served. A copy of the most current
        payment rate is included in Attachment 2.6.1.A and B. (s. 411.01(5)(e)2, F.S.)




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Most recently updated with the 2010 SR Plan amendment #1 through #9 (see School Readiness Plan Amendment Revision Log)
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                                PART 3 COALITION DIRECT ENHANCEMENT SERVICES


Element 3.1.1 Community Needs Assessment

        A copy of the coalition’s community plan and community needs assessment conducted within the previous three years is
        provided as Attachment 3.1.1.

        (s. 411.01(5)(c)1.g., F.S.) The community needs assessment includes data regarding the coalition’s demographic information,
        other child development and early learning programs within the coalition’s service area, data regarding the needs of eligible
        families, and community resources which could be used to address the needs of eligible families.



Element 3.2.1 Extended Day and Extended Year Services to Support Self-sufficiency

        Does the coalition maintain a process for providing, coordinating, and increasing the availability of extended day and extended
        year services. (s. 411.01(5)(c)1.b., F.S.)

             Yes, and documentation demonstrating the needs of eligible families and available capacity is provided as Attachment
        3.2.1.

             No, and the following describes how the coalition will meet the needs of families by providing such services


Element 3.3.1 School-age Care

        Does the coalition coordinate with other community agencies to address the need for school-age care? (45 CFR 98.20(a)(1))

             Yes, and the following describes the coalition’s partner agencies and the services provided:



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        The Coalition serves school age children as part of its school readiness program. Parents seeking to gain economic self-
        sufficiency often require care for young school age children as much as they need such services for pre-school age children.
        The Coalition’s Primary Service Provider (PSP) provides training and technical assistance to providers on services for school
        age children. The CCR&R function also provides information on services for school age children, including information on
        summer camps and other services. The Coalition works closely with the school districts in each of its counties, and school age
        children may receive after-school services through the schools. Some of these schools partner with the YMCA and other
        community agencies to serve school age children. There are 8 after school sites run by the YMCA in St. Johns County and 4
        school sites run by the YMCA in Putnam County. Currently 97 child care centers and family child care homes provide before
        and after school care and many of these transport children to and from the school.

             No, and the following describes why:



Element 3.4.1 Coordination of Services with Local Entities

        Does the coalition implement early learning programs which build on existing services and work in cooperation with other
        programs administered by local entities including, but not limited to, school districts, local licensing agencies, community
        organizations and entities to support unique populations, children at-risk, with children disabilities and special health care
        needs? (45 CFR 98.16(d) and s. 411.01(2)(c), F.S.)

             Yes, and the following describes the coalition’s partners and activities:

        The Coalition collaborates both formally and informally with other entities to meet the needs of families in our counties.

                        The Coalition works closely with each of the school districts in its two counties. Services include school
                         readiness in Putnam County and VPK in both counties, as well as other outreach and social service linkage
                         efforts. Putnam County School District has school district management staff that serve on the Coalition Board.
                         The St. Johns School District is planning to open a School Readiness program in the fall of 2010. District staff
                         provide active leadership and helps other Coalition members understand their areas of common interest and
                         issues in serving young children and their families.
                        The Coalition’s primary service contactor serves on the St. Johns County Head Start Policy Council and has a
                         signed Memorandum of Understanding concerning utilizing the Single Point of Entry System. Serving on the
                         Policy Council has allowed Head Start and the Coalition to identify ways that each agency can address clients’
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Most recently updated with the 2010 SR Plan amendment #1 through #9 (see School Readiness Plan Amendment Revision Log)
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                           needs such as being able to inform working Head Start parents of the availability of School Readiness services
                           once their child leaves Head Start.
                          The Coalition works closely with the regional Workforce Board that serves our counties to ensure close
                           coordination of services to their client families. The Primary Service Provider leases office space from
                           WorkSource in both counties, providing close integration of service capabilities. A WorkSource executive is
                           an active member of the Coalition, giving other members the benefit of their close knowledge of workforce
                           issues and their impact on the work of Putnam and St. Johns Counties.
                          The Coalition coordinates work with the local county and state health departments, including the Early Steps
                           program serving very young children with special needs.
                          The Coalition’s Primary Service Provider partners with the St. Johns Integrated Services Team and the Putnam
                           County Shared Services Team. The purpose of these groups is to ensure collaboration when serving the same
                           client base and to make all members aware of all services in the area that are available to clients.
                          Both the Coalition and its Primary Service Provider are members of Transition Advisory Council for Kids
                           (TRACK). The group meets monthly to network the represented agencies on what is happening within our
                           community, and what is happening within each agency all for the betterment of the children served. Attending
                           this meeting are representatives from; FDLRS, Early Steps, TATS, Healthy Families/ Public Health
                           Department, RCMA/Head Start, the public school system ECE staff, and Children’s Medical Services. The
                           group plans an annual conference for child care providers.
                          The ELC’s Primary Service Provider participates in TATS, a statewide project which supports programs
                           serving prekindergarten children with disabilities by providing technical assistance and training. This support
                           promotes high quality programs leading to positive outcomes for children and their families.
                          The Coalition partners with the Board of County Commissioners and United Way to support funding of the
                           Working Poor School Readiness program by raising the matching funds required.
                          The Coalition’s Primary Service Provider attends the meetings of the St. Johns Health and Human Services
                           Advisory Board on a monthly basis to stay current on services provided in St. Johns County and partner with
                           other agencies serving the same client base.
                          The Coalition coordinates with FDLRS and Early Steps to offer Putnam and St. Johns Counties’ families
                           referrals if needed.
                          The Coalition Executive Director and staff actively participate in interagency meetings with other entities that
                           impact early learning, as well as maintaining Kiwanis in both Putnam and St. Johns Counties. Kiwanis is a
                           service organization that focuses on early education and other child issues. The Putnam County Kiwanis
                           partners with The Coalition on their annual Kid Rally and Reading Roundup.



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                        The Coalition works in collaboration with Families First in Putnam County to provide training and community
                         awareness to families.
                        Business Partners in Education: The Coalition works in collaboration with Business Partners in Education.
                         Business Partners in Education, originally formed to identify critical community issues, has recruited the
                         Coalition to work in collaboration as a partner to implement strategies to improve early learning and enhance
                         the availability of quality and affordable child care.
                        Books for Bravery at the Putnam County Health Department: The Coalition provides a selection of new and
                         gently used books that are given to each patient receiving immunizations. Prior to the collaboration, the
                         immunization nurse was purchasing books on her own to distribute.
                        Chamber of Commerce - Each of the county's Chambers work in partnership with the Coalition to solicit
                         Board Member prospects. The Coalition works with the St. Johns Chamber to publish information on CCR&R
                         in the St. Johns County annual Relocation Guide and well as advertisements in the Putnam County directory.
                         The St. Johns CCR& R excerpt also provides parents with a checklist on what to look for when researching
                         quality child care.
                        The Coalition works in conjunction with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to minimize
                         interagency duplication of monitoring activities and to educate potential providers in the community about
                         compliance requirements. Under a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with DCF, the Primary Service
                         Provider receives notification of deficiencies noted in DCF licensing reports and also shares monitoring
                         reports for compliance in St. Johns County. The Primary Service Provider will be working with the DCF
                         region serving Putnam County to establish the same MOA to assist with VPK monitoring. Also, if the Primary
                         Service Provider or Coalition staff note a licensing violation during a visit to a provider’s site, that violation is
                         reported to DCF within 24 hours or immediately in emergency situations such as abandonment, and child
                         endangerment.

                           Technical assistance is provided to school readiness programs if the Coalition becomes aware of a problem
                           from DCF licensing reports. When visiting providers in the counties, technical assistance is offered either
                           verbally or through a program assistance plan. The Coalition provides technical assistance to providers, for
                           example, in the areas of accreditation, healthful and safe environment, child-to-staff ratios, personnel
                           qualifications, curriculum/lesson plans, administration and behavior modification.

             No, and the following is a description of how the coalition will completely conform to the requirement:




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Element 3.5.1 Parent Training and Involvement

        Does the coalition coordinate with other entities or directly provides parent training opportunities? (s. 411.01(4)(o), F.S.)

             Yes, and the following describes the coalition’s activities:

        The Primary Services Provider employs Family Service Specialists who perform CCR&R, initial interviews and eligibility
        verification with parents accessing Coalition services. The staff strives to engage parents in their child’s education, making
        sure that parents understand the vital role they play. They are educated on various childcare options, quality indicators and
        checklists used in selecting a childcare provider.

        There is also a resource library in Putnam County to provide parents with the opportunity to encourage a love for books and
        reading in their children. The library is stocked with parent-skill building information, child appropriate toys, books, activities,
        educational material and parent-child story telling time in English and Spanish. These activities support the Coalition’s effort
        to involve parents as their child’s first teacher. Through the Coalition’s Primary Service Provider, parents are given assistance
        in understanding what school readiness is and what it means regarding the education of their child.

        St. Johns County libraries offer weekly reading programs for infants and new mothers as well as programs tailored for
        toddlers, preschoolers and families. The infant/mother class is to demonstrate how to read to your newborn. A library staff
        person reads a book aloud and then encourages interaction between mother and baby. St. Johns County also has a Resource
        Mobile that serves as a library on wheels for users. The unit is available to providers who, in turn, are able to provide parents
        with skill-building activities.

        Additionally, when parents utilize the web-based Simplified Point of Entry to contact the ELC through its Primary Service
        Provider, a family service specialist will contact the parent(s) for follow-up informational interviews. Each parent is also
        mailed a parent packet that includes brochures describing how to choose child care, how to contact the Department of Children
        and Families Licensing Division, how to get help for special needs children, Florida Kid Care insurance information, earned
        income credit information, and information pertaining to services available in the parent’s immediate area.

        Realizing that a parent is a child’s first and most important teacher and that a parent’s involvement in their child’s education is
        a significant factor in them entering school and becoming successful, the Coalition provides opportunities for parent
        involvement as follows:


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                    The Primary Service Provider provides a minimum of eight parenting classes annually on topics such as:
                      learning standards for children birth to age five
                      the importance of reading to your child
                      how to read to your child
                      parenting and discipline
                      sibling support
                      health and nutrition
                      non-traditional families
                      community resources
                      budgeting
                      stress management
                      family literacy

                    Parent packets are mailed out to all parents who contact CCR&R staff that may include information on:
                      searching for child care
                      types of care
                      school readiness
                      locating infant/toddler care
                      the importance of being involved in your child’s early education
                      transitioning to work
                      Kid Care insurance
                      tax benefit information

        The Primary Service Provider also prepares and sends a quarterly newsletter and monthly web-based newsletter to all active
        parents who choose to receive them. These newsletters provide information about family, parenting and early learning issues.

        The Primary Service Provider has a section of their website, www.ecs4Kid.org, which is dedicated to parent and community
        resources with information on resources such as United Way’s 211, local Community Resource Guides, how to contact elected
        officials, and several brochures relating to child care. There is also a section listing consumer resources. This section contains
        information on the Tax Credit, Florida KidCare, brochures discussing help with paying for child care and information on
        similar topics.




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Most recently updated with the 2010 SR Plan amendment #1 through #9 (see School Readiness Plan Amendment Revision Log)
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        Recognizing that child care providers have the greatest opportunities to reach the parents of children served, the Coalition
        leverages parental outreach through those providers. The Primary Service Provider provides free or low-cost training to
        providers on topics including parent involvement and topics shown above for the parenting classes.

        The Coalition actively seeks opportunities to engage parents through book giveaways. Subject to funding availability and
        community funding, the ELC has provided books and related activity materials for parents to use with their children at home to
        promote literacy as a family activity with concentrated efforts on 3 year olds at contracted childcare providers.

        School readiness providers may also refer families needing assistance to the Family Service Specialists, who will work with
        the parents in either one-on-one meetings or group training events to address topics such as budgeting information, parenting
        and discipline information, stress management, child growth and development, and family literacy.

             No, and the following is a description of how the coalition will completely conform to the requirement:


Element 3.6.1 Family Support Services

        Does the coalition ensure the provision of family support services to help achieve economic self-sufficiency?
        (s. 411.01(5)(c)1.d., F.S.)

             Yes and the following describes the coalition’s activities:

        Clients referred by WorkSource for child care subsidy are engaged in training and other employment support services to help
        them move towards economic self-sufficiency.

        Family Service Specialists assess family needs at the time parents enroll for services and at recertification. Clients that are
        either unemployed or express a need for employment that better meets their family’s needs are referred to WorkSource. The
        Primary Service provider also is a member of the 211 network and refers clients with needs beyond child care to this free
        service as well as supplies families with referrals to local agencies that can help meet the family’s needs. Childcare providers
        also refer families known by them to need assistance to the Primary Service Provider. Depending upon the circumstances
        involved, they may receive referrals to other agencies for assistance for rent/mortgage payments, utility bills, groceries and
        child care scholarships. The Coalition and Primary Service Provider also collaborate with other agencies and the faith-based
        community for family support services which provide food baskets at Thanksgiving and adopt children and families for

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        Christmas, based on monetary and in-kind donations. The Family Service Specialists also coordinate services and promote the
        availability of services for families with children who have disabilities or special health care needs. Families can also locate
        services through the annual resource guide, United Way websites and United Way 2-1-1.

        Resource and Referral is a free service provided through the Coalition’s Primary Service Provider. Their parent counselors are
        dedicated to helping families find community resources such as housing, food, employment, counseling and other support
        services that would assist families to become self-sufficient. Through the Coalition, the Primary Service Provider also
        provides subsidized child care to families meeting the income requirements that are mandated by the federal government.

              No, and the following is a description of how the coalition will completely conform to the requirement:


Element 3.7.1 Unique Population Groups

        Describe how the coalition ensures that support services are provided to families from unique population groups. (s.
        411.01(5)(d)4.j., F.S.)(45 CFR 98.44; 45 CFR 98.50(a))

             Yes, and information and the available resources regarding such services are included in Attachment 3.7.1.

             No, and the following is a description of how the coalition will implement such support services:


Element 3.8.1 Health Screening

        The coalition certifies that it obtains, either directly or through its school readiness providers, information regarding each
        child’s immunizations, physical development, and other health requirements, as described in section 411.01(4)(j), F.S., and
        the following is a description of how the coalition obtains the information:

        The Coalition obtains this information from the parent or guardian prior to being found eligible for School Readiness
        Services.




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        Does the coalition conduct health screenings and referrals or coordinate with an entity(ies) to conduct health screenings and
        referrals on school readiness children including license exempt and faith-based providers? (s. 411.01(2)(a), F.S)(45 CFR
        98.41)

             Yes and those entities include:

        The ELC, through its Primary Service Provider, coordinates with the St. Johns County and Putnam County Health
        Departments for vision and hearing screenings, body mass indexes, and the review of immunization records. Any child whose
        parents applies for School Readiness services but does not have the necessary screenings and current immunization records are
        referred to the local Health Departments.

        The ELC, through its Primary Service Provider, refers children to FDLRS/NEFEC and Early Steps based on the results of the
        Ages and Stages Questionnaire (with parental permission). Referrals may include concerns with development, speech, hearing,
        and/or behavior.

        The ELC, through its Primary Service Provider, refers children who appear to be at-risk of social/emotional concerns to local
        mental health agencies for intervention services.

                  Entity(ies)                Immunization             Type(s) of Screening Administered                    Referral Method
                                             Requirements            (For Demonstration Purposes Only)             (For Demonstration Purposes Only)
          St. Johns County                                          Hearing, Vision and Health                    Referred by Family Service
          Department of Health                                                                                    Specialist at Intake
          Putnam County                                             Hearing, Vision and Health                    Referred by Family Service
          Department of Health                                                                                    Specialist at Intake
          FDLRS/NEFEC and                                           Development, speech, hearing or               Referred by Screening Specialist as
          Early Steps                                               behavior                                      a result of ASQ with Parental
                                                                                                                  Permission

             No, and the following describes how the coalition will completely conform to these requirements:


                                     PART 4 COALITION SYSTEM SUPPORT SERVICES


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Element 4.1.1 Services

     Does the coalition directly provide for or does the coalition contract for the following services: systems support services, such as,
     an early learning resource and referral, eligibility determinations, training of providers, Inclusion Warm Line and parent support
     and involvement?(s. 411.01(5)(d)4.g., F.S.) (s. 402.3018(2), F.S.)

             Yes, the coalition maintains overall control of systems support services provided by the coalition or other entity(ies).

             No, and the following describes how the coalition will completely conform to the requirement:


                     Service                     Provided by Coalition                 Provided by other Entity(ies), (NAME)s
            Resource and Referral                                             Episcopal Children’s Services, Primary Service Provider
           Eligibility Determination                                          Episcopal Children’s Services, Primary Service Provider
               Provider Training                                              Episcopal Children’s Services, Primary Service Provider
       Parent Support and Involvement                                         Episcopal Children’s Services, Primary Service Provider
             Inclusion Warm Line                                              Episcopal Children’s Services, Primary Service Provider
                Reimbursement                                                 Episcopal Children’s Services, Primary Service Provider
                Other (List all)                                              Episcopal Children’s Services, Primary Service Provider
      (1) School Age Services
      (2) VPK Eligibility, Registration
      and Payment



Element 4.2.1 Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum

        Has the coalition identified and implemented developmentally appropriate curricula? (s. 411.01(5)(c) 2.a., F.S.)

             Yes, and Attachment 4.2.1 includes a description of the coalition’s process for identifying and evaluating curricula, a list
        of currently approved curricula, and a process in place for a provider to submit a developmentally appropriate curriculum to
        the coalition for evaluation and/or recommendation.

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             No, and the following describes how the coalition will completely conform to the requirement:

Element 4.3.1 Character Development Curriculum

        Has the coalition identified and implemented character development program(s)? (s. 411.01(5)(c) 2.b., F.S.)

            Yes, and the following describes the process for identifying, monitoring, and providing support to providers on character
        developmental programs, as well as a process in place for a provider to submit a character development program to the
        coalition for evaluation and/or recommendation. Attachment 4.3.1.

             No, and the following describes how the coalition will completely conform to the requirement:


Element 4.4.1 Age-appropriate Screening

        Describe how the coalition ensures that all children birth to five years old in school readiness programs receive an age-
        appropriate developmental assessment (screening) (s. 411.01(5)(c)2.c., F.S.)

        All children receiving school readiness funding through the Coalition, ages birth through five years inclusive, are screened
        within 45 days of enrollment and annually within 45 days of their birthday.

        Head Start programs in the ELC service area do not serve school readiness children. The St. Johns County School District does
        not serve School Readiness children except in their afterschool program so these children are not required to be screened.
        Should either of these programs serve School Readiness children in the future the children would be screened according to the
        procedure outlined below or in a manner approved by the ELC. The ELC has a separate contract with the Putnam County
        School District for School Readiness. The Putnam County School District screens all School Readiness children with a tool of
        their choosing and the ELC monitors the School District to ensure that all School Readiness children are screened annually,
        parents are given access to the results and referrals are made as appropriate.

        For new enrollment screenings of children birth through five, the Ages and Stages Questionnaire will be completed by the
        parent of the child receiving school readiness funding on or prior to the date of enrollment. This screening will be given to the


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        parent by a Family Service Specialist, completed by the parent, and returned to the Family Service Specialist. If the parent is
        not able to complete the screening at enrollment, the Screening Specialist will mail it to the provider for completion.

        For annual screenings of children ages one through five, the Ages and Stages Questionnaire will be mailed to providers by the
        Screening Specialist during the month of the child’s birthday.

        Note: If permission for screenings is not granted at enrollment, a letter is sent to parents prior to a screening being
        administered in order to obtain permission. Children who have birthdays in summer months and will be going to kindergarten
        in the fall are not screened. Children who are enrolled in Head Start programs or pre-school programs within a public school
        system are not screened as all of these programs conduct their own screenings in- house.

        All screening results are mailed to both the parents and the providers. In addition to the screening results, the parents and
        providers receive handouts about typical development of children, intervention activities, and if necessary, a resource directory
        of agencies in the community that aid children and their families.

        With parent permission, children who appear to be delayed are referred to an outside agency for intervention services. In
        addition, providers having concerns about the social/emotional development of a child make a referral to the Inclusion
        Specialist. These children are screened using the Ages and Stages Social/Emotional screening tool (ASQ – SE) and if
        necessary, (with parent permission) referred to an outside agency for intervention services.

        Identify expected results relative to this element in the chart below:




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        Required                 Current Situation                                Objective                                    Outcome
        Element
      4.4.1. Age-      Children entering the subsidized          1. Ensure that parents have the                 1a. 100% of school readiness children
      appropriate      care program receive an age-              opportunity to be advised if their children     will be screened using the Ages and
      screening        appropriate developmental                 have developmental concerns that could          Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) and the
                       screening within 45 days of               impair school readiness, and to receive         results will be communicated with the
                       program entry and within 45 days of       appropriate intervention.                       parents and provider. This will be
                       their birthday, annually thereafter.                                                      evidenced by a report of the scored
                                                                                                                 ASQ’s and child enrollment
                       School readiness children ages 0-5                                                        information report based on EFS
                       are screened using the Ages and                                                           enrollment data.
                       Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), and
                       results are communicated to the                                                           1b. Of the 100% of children screened,
                       parent.                                                                                   100% of children that scored “refer”
                                                                                                                 will be referred for intervention
                       If the screenings indicate any type                                                       services (if permission is granted by
                       of concern, with parent permission,                                                       the parent/ guardian). This will be
                       the child is referred to the                                                              evidenced by an ASQ screenings
                       appropriate agency for additional                                                         report.
                       screening.
                                                                                                                 1c. 100% of parents and providers
                       Parents and providers having                                                              having concerns about the social/
                       concerns about the social/emotional                                                       emotional development of a child will
                       development of a child are referred                                                       be referred to the Inclusion Specialist
                       to the Inclusion Specialist. The                                                          and to appropriate intervention
                       Inclusion Specialist will screen the                                                      services if deemed appropriate. This
                       child using the Ages and Stages                                                           will be evidenced by the screening
                       Social/Emotional screening tool                                                           referral log.
                       (ASQ – SE) and referred to the
                       appropriate agency if deemed
                       appropriate.



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Element 4.5.1 Age-appropriate Assessment

        Describe how the coalition ensures that a pretest (child assessment) is administered to children when they enter a program and
        a posttest (child assessment) is administered to children when they leave the program. (s. 411.01(5)(c)2.d., F.S.)

        Annual provider registration sessions are held by the Coalition’s Primary Service Provider in the spring of each year prior to
        beginning of the new fiscal year. During these sessions, providers sign their upcoming fiscal year’s provider agreement. On
        the provider agreement, it states that providers are required to use the Portage assessment tool and share the results with the
        Coalition as requested. The required deadlines for the pre and post assessments are also listed on the provider agreements.

        Providers are also reminded of the Pre/Post requirements at provider meetings and via reminder flyers distributed the month
        prior to the due date.

        On or after the due date of the Pre/Post Assessments, an EFS “Enrollment Report by Provider Report by Parent County” or
        other approved report is generated to show thirty days prior to the assessment due date. This report is sorted by active CCMS
        providers and includes children’s names and birth dates so that school-agers can be identified and therefore not counted. This
        report allows the Education department to know which children were enrolled 30 days prior to the due date for pre-assessments
        along with the children who remained in the program until at least thirty days prior to the due date for post-assessment. Post
        assessment scores must be submitted for children who appear on both reports.

        Additional measures to ensure accuracy may be taken if necessary and as time allows. For instance, the education staff can
        also call the providers to verify whether any children have since dropped from their program to ensure accuracy.

        After the Pre/Post Assessment due date, the Director and/or the Manager of School Readiness create a spreadsheet based on
        the current number of active CCMS providers and will verifies which programs submitted tally sheets, and which did not and
        are therefore in non-compliance. Non-compliance letters are sent to those providers immediately to start the follow-up process
        and to provide technical assistance, as needed, to ensure compliance is met. The Coalition’s Executive Director is copied on
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        For the providers that submitted their pre assessment tally sheets, the education staff will review 10% or twenty providers,
        whichever is less, to verify that all school readiness children were assessed. Half of the selected providers are family child care
        homes and the remaining half are child care centers. For the providers chosen for the pre-assessment sample, the Education
        staff verifies that all school readiness children were also post-assessed. This process continues each year until all providers
        have been reviewed. Then the process starts over.

        Providers’ tally sheets that are selected in the sample are reviewed by the Director and/or the Manager of School Readiness to
        verify that all school readiness children enrolled 30 days prior to the date pre-assessments and who remained in the program
        until at least thirty days prior to the due date for post assessments are completed.

        If it is determined that 100% of the children were not screened, a letter of non-compliance is written by the Director and/or the
        Manager of School Readiness and mailed to the provider. A copy of all non-compliance letters are sent to the Coalition. The
        letter notifies the provider of the child/children that need to be assessed to be in compliance. This process continues and
        technical assistance is offered until all providers are in 100% compliance.

        Once all providers are in 100% compliance of the Post Assessments, the Director and/or the Manager of School Readiness
        create a spreadsheet to accumulate the scoring data. This report measures the gains of the sampled providers.

        Identify expected results relative to this element in the chart below:




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 Required                Current Situation                                 Objective                                     Outcome
  Element
4.5.1            School readiness childcare               1. Using the Adaptation of the Portage          1a. 75% of providers will state that
Pretest and      providers are required to                Guide tool provides opportunities for           they use the information gathered
Posttest         complete a pre and post child            teachers to obtain an overall                   from Pre/Post assessments to
                 assessment on all School                 assessment of where the children they           develop instruction as evidenced
                 Readiness children attending             serve are in their stages of                    by a summary report of the
                 their program, using the                 development. Once the pre-                      Classroom Observation Checklist,
                 condensed version of the                 assessment has been completed, lesson           or Family Child Care Home
                 Portage Guide Birth to Six.              plans and curriculum can be adapted             Observation Checklist.
                                                          and individualized to meet the needs
                 The condensed version of the             of the children, and the results of the         1b. 75% of providers will state that
                 Portage Guide Birth to Six,              provider’s observations can serve as            they update parents on their child's
                 assesses children from birth to          topics of discussion for their one-on-          progress instruction as evidenced
                 six years in age and has five            one parent conferences.                         by a summary report of the
                 domains, or developmental areas,                                                         Classroom Observation Checklist,
                 of learning for each age group:          2. Ensure that parents have the                 or Family Child Care Home
                 Communication / Language /               opportunity to be advised if their              Observation Checklist.
                 Literacy; Social Emotional               children have developmental concerns
                 Development; Exploration /               that could impair school readiness, and 2. 100% of children referred by a
                 Approaches to Learning;                  to receive appropriate intervention.    provider that show developmental
                 Purposeful Motor Activity; and                                                   concerns based on pre or post
                 Sensory Organization.                                                            assessment performance, will be
                                                                                                  referred by ECS to the appropriate
                 If the assessments indicate any                                                  agency for further screening and,
                 type of concern, with parent                                                     if appropriate, intervention (with
                 permission, the child is referred                                                parental permission). This will be
                 to the appropriate agency for                                                    evidenced by the provider
                 additional screening.                                                            requested referral logs.




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Element 4.6.1 Healthy and Safe Environment

        A. Does the coalition require that providers of the school readiness program meet all state licensing guidelines where
        applicable? (s. 411.01(5)(c)1.h., F.S.)

             Yes

             No, and the following describes how the coalition will completely conform to the requirement:


        B. Does the coalition require registered and informal providers to adhere to health and safety requirements in addition to the
        state required child abuse and neglect screenings? (45 CFR 98.41)(s.411.01(5)(c)2.f., F.S.)

            Yes, and the following describes the requirements established by the coalition within the following health and safety
        categories:

                    The prevention and control of infectious disease (including age-appropriate immunizations)

                     The Coalition requires that parents provide an up to date Immunization Record at the time of initial enrollment and
                     each subsequent redetermination. The State of Florida requires that all children have the required immunizations
                     prior to entering a school, child care, family child care center or preschool. A Religious Exemption Form can be
                     issued if immunizations are in conflict with the religious tenets and practices of the child’s parent or guardian. This
                     exemption can be issued only by a county health department and only based on established religious beliefs or
                     practices.

                    Building and physical premises safety

                     The Coalition requires that non-licensed providers have a school readiness program evaluation and assessment
                     annually which looks at health and safety factors and provides technical assistance to those who do not fully meet
                     the requirements. To ensure the safety of children, inspections are performed annually for all non-licensed
                     providers and technical assistance is provided as needed. Follow-up inspections are performed on an as-needed
                     basis. For school readiness providers who are registered or who are considered informal providers, the Coalition has
                     developed a checklist tool and is conducting health and safety monitoring. The monitoring tool utilized will not

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                     exceed that of the local licensing agency. Policies, procedures and tool development will be based on rule
                     development at the state level and local input. Additionally, the Coalition requires all registered and informal
                     providers to have state required child abuse and neglect screenings for each member of the household prior to
                     caring for school readiness children.

                    Health and safety training

                     The Coalition and Primary Service Provider holds workshops, gives technical assistance and involves the
                     community in promoting health and safety standards.

             No, and the following describes how the coalition will completely conform to the requirement:


Element 4.7.1 Provider Eligibility

        Does the early learning coalition require that providers offering the school readiness program utilize instructional staff
        members who meet the qualifications under s. 411.01(5)(d)4.c., F.S., and provide a method of assuring the qualifications of all
        personnel in all program settings?

             Yes, and the following describes the method of assuring qualifications.

        The ELC, through its Primary Service Provider, has a memorandum of understanding (MOA) with DCF in St. Johns County
        that they will inform the Primary Service Provider of non-compliance of DCF requirements by all licensed providers including
        staff training requirements. The Primary Service Provider is negotiating a similar MOA with the DCF office in Putnam
        County. Until that is complete, DCF inspection reports are available on the DCF website. Additionally, a copy of all DCF
        licenses for school readiness providers are given to the Primary Service Provider at the beginning of each contract year. This
        indicates that at the time of license renewal the provider is in compliance with 402.305(2)(d)1 F.S. which is the statute referred
        to in s. 411.01(5)(d)4.c., F.S.. Until an MOA is agreed on by the Putnam County DCF office, the Primary Service Provider
        will monitor this by including a check of the staff qualifications during the health and safety or environmental assessment.

             No, and the following describes how the coalition will completely conform to the requirement:



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Element 4.8.1 School Readiness Provider Agreement

        Coalitions are required to implement a comprehensive program of school readiness services that enhance the cognitive,
        social, and physical development of children. (s. 411.01(5)(c)2., F.S.) The coalitions must ensure that the School Readiness
        program provides parental choice to the maximum extent possible. (s. 411.01(7)(a),F.S.) Coalitions are also required to
        evaluate the effectiveness of the school readiness programs. (s. 411.01(5)(g), F.S.)

        Does the coalition maintain a provider agreement which requires providers to implement these statutory sections?

             Yes, and a copy of the provider agreements, including any attachments or addendums, are attached. Attachment 4.8.1.A. –
        C.

            No, and the following describes how the coalition will establish and maintain a provider agreement which requires
        providers to implement all of the elements of s. 411.01(5)(c)2, F.S.


Element 4.9.1 Coordinated Staff Development and Training

        Describe how the coalition ensures the provision of coordinated provider development and training. (s. 411.01(5)(c)1.c., F.S.)

        The Coalition’s Professional Development Plan offers special trainings/workshops to increase the quality of childcare in both
        Putnam and St. Johns Counties. In addition to workshops to increase quality, providers are offered scholarships towards CDA
        credentials, higher education courses and accreditation.

        The Coalition’s Primary Service Provider offers trainings monthly through Episcopal Children’s Services (ECS) Regional
        Training Institute for Early Childhood Education. A regional training calendar, which includes trainings offered by ECS, ELC
        of Duval County, ELC of Putnam and St. Johns Counties, Jacksonville Children’s Commission and First Coast Technical
        Institute is published on the ECS website on a quarterly basis. Topics for trainings are based on provider, family, Coalition
        and community needs. Training sessions are centered on the eight areas required for a Child Development Associate
        Credential (CDA).

        The Putnam County School District requires each parent to attend one workshop every nine weeks. These workshops are
        coordinated through the individual classrooms. If parents are unable to attend one of the workshops, they are allowed to

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        arrange for alternate training through the classroom. Alternate training may require the parent to volunteer for a classroom
        event.

        The Regional Training Institute for Early Childhood Education offers traditional classroom CDA courses at the Regional
        Training Center and online classes as well. Both formats lead to a National CDA Credential. In addition to receiving training in
        eight CDA subject areas, candidates complete a professional resource file and undergo on-site observations in which their
        classroom skills are rated. The Coalition provides CDA and other training scholarships for providers in its counties.

        The ELC, through their Primary Service Provider, works with the DOE Regional VPK Facilitator to support the VPK low
        performing providers by offering space and assistance with VPK training efforts as well as technical assistance in the
        workplace. The Primary Services Provider trained in the School Readiness Standards will offer training on these standards to
        School Readiness and Voluntary Pre-kindergarten providers.

        The Coalition has further collaborated with community colleges and other parties in the counties to begin to develop a career
        ladder for early learning classroom teachers to build their professional competencies and to build college credits to achieve
        degrees in the field. Some CDA programs can articulate into college credits.




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                Required             Current Situation                     Objective                        Activities                    Outcome
                 Element
              4.9.1             The Primary Service              1. Ensure the opportunities      1. The Primary Service         1.75% of the ELC
              Coordinated       Provider provides a variety      for school readiness and         Provider will publish and      sponsored classes will show
              Staff             of training opportunities to     VPK provider staff to            distribute a quarterly         an increase in the
              Development       school readiness and VPK         access high-quality, low-        training calendar, providing   participants’ knowledge and
              and Training      providers and parents.           cost (or free) training          at least 80 training           skill as evidenced by the
                                                                 related to early learning.       opportunities annually.        cumulative pre and post
                                The Coalition provides                                            2. Provide annual stipends     course or training
                                funding for at least 20 CDA                                       for CDA trainings and          assessments.
                                scholarships annually. Less      2. Increase the number of        renewals,                      2. At least 5 teachers
                                may actually be funded           teachers that have access to     academic/articulation,         annually in our service area
                                based on provider demand.        CDA training.                    accreditation/re-              will be eligible to be
                                                                                                  accreditation programs, and    awarded their CDA
                                The Coalition has                                                 awards for special             credential through ELC
                                collaborated with                3. Increase awareness of         conferences and trainings      sponsored training courses
                                community partners and           A.S./B.S. degree                 for providers requesting       as evidenced by their CDA
                                colleges to allow CDA            opportunities and financial      assistance through the         application.
                                classes to articulate into at    assistance available to          Coalition’s Professional
                                least nine to twelve college     teachers that complete the       Development Plan.              3. All CDA recipients will
                                credits that may be applied      CDA program.                                                    receive a post-CDA
                                towards an associate’s                                            3. Send a post-CDA             educational letter as
                                degree. Local colleges are                                        educational letter that        evidenced by a distribution
                                also working with the                                             includes higher educational    log.
                                Coalition to offer                                                programs in Early
                                Bachelor’s degrees in Early                                       Childhood Education or
                                Childhood Education and to                                        related fields available in
                                inform providers of the                                           the local area along with
                                availability of these                                             information on financial aid
                                programs to assist providers                                      and scholarships.
                                in meeting their educational
                                goals and the aspiration
                                goals established in VPK
                                legislation
                                (F.S.1002.65(2)).



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        Identify the elements of the coalition’s coordinated staff development and training plan in the chart below:
Does the coalition’s coordinated staff development                        Yes   No          Responsible                              Which Groups
and training plan include:                                                                    Entity                                  Participate
                                                                                                *
    A link to Early Learning Guidelines                                                     DOE, FOEL                                 SR and VPK
    Continuum of training and education to form a                                       ELC, ECS, ELC of                              SR and VPK
    career path                                                                         Duval, UNF, FSCJ,
                                                                                          SJRCC, FCTI
    Articulation from one type of training to the next                                  ELC, ECS, ELC of                              SR and VPK
                                                                                        Duval, UNF, FSCJ,
                                                                                          SJRCC, FCTI
    Quality assurance through approval of trainers                                           DOE, ECS                                 SR and VPK
    Quality assurance through approval of training                                      DOE, ECS, FSCJ,                               SR and VPK
    content                                                                             FCTI, SJRCC, UNF

    A system to track practitioners’ training                                           ECS, FSCJ, FCTI,                              SR and VPK
                                                                                          SJRCC, UNF
    Assessment or evaluation of training                                                ECS, FSCJ, FCTI,                              SR and VPK
    effectiveness                                                                         SJRCC, UNF
    Administrators’ Credential                                                               DOE, DCF                                 SR and VPK
    Specialized strategies to reach informal providers                                       DCF, ELC                                    SR
    Other (explain):


        DCF – Department of Children and Families                                     FSCJ – Florida State College at Jacksonville
        DOE – Department of Education                                                 FCTI – First Coast Technical Institute
        ECS – Episcopal Children’s Services                                           SJRCC – St. Johns River Community College
        ELC – Early Learning Coalition of Putnam and St. Johns Counties               UNF – University of North Florida




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Most recently updated with the 2010 SR Plan amendment #1 through #9 (see School Readiness Plan Amendment Revision Log)
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                                        PART 5 QUALITY ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES


Element 5.1.1 Quality Activities

        Describe activities the coalition will implement with quality funds utilizing the chart with descriptive headings listed below.


                    Category                                                                 Description

   Comprehensive consumer education                Any parent who calls the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) line receives
                                                   comprehensive information on choosing a quality child care provider, referrals for
                                                   services being requested, a choice of providers, and information on the variety of
                                                   program available to meet the parent’s needs. Consumer information is available at
                                                   The Coalition’s Resource Room & Mobile Resource Van, giving providers access to
                                                   a variety of resources to assist parents in being their child’s first teacher. The
                                                   Primary Service Provider also offers parent trainings at least 8 times per year. The
                                                   St. Johns County Library system offers classes on family literacy interaction for
                                                   mothers and infants.

   Gold Seal Differential                          The Coalition may pay up to the maximum of 20% of Gold Seal differential to
                                                   accredited programs. Gold Seal payments are based on the board-approved budget.

   Grants or loans to providers to assist          Some provider trainings offer free/reduced materials. Quality Enhancements are
   in meeting State and local standards            purchased for providers based on the needs identified by the program assessments.
                                                   Mini-grants and/or the purchases of quality enhancements will be offered to assist
                                                   registered providers in obtaining a DCF license. All providers are eligible for
                                                   receiving Quality Enhancement materials based on their assessment scores, but the
                                                   number of providers receiving materials will be based on available funding.

   Professional development, including             The Coalition works in coordination with community partners to foster the
   training, education, and technical              development of a comprehensive professional development system including access
   assistance                                      to a regional training program as well as local trainings offered within the

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Most recently updated with the 2010 SR Plan amendment #1 through #9 (see School Readiness Plan Amendment Revision Log)
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                                                   community sponsored by the ELC. Additionally, the ELC awards scholarships for
                                                   up to 20 CDA’s per year to child care professionals. Technical assistance is offered
                                                   to any provider requesting it. Intense technical assistance is offered to providers
                                                   participating in the Accreditation/Enrichment program and includes literacy
                                                   coaching, infant/toddler coaching and the services of an environmental specialist.
                                                   All providers have access to an inclusion specialist which provides technical
                                                   assistance to providers serving children with special needs.

   Improving salaries and other                    The Coalition is working in collaboration with community partners and their
   compensation for early learning                 Primary Services Provider to develop and implement a career ladder for child care
   providers                                       staff to include promoting higher education, and additional training which will assist
                                                   in increasing compensation to child care staff.

   Activities in support of early                  The Coalition sponsors several events and strategies to address early language to
   language, literacy, pre-reading, and            include utilizing literacy coaches and conducting early literacy trainings for
   early math concepts development                 providers. The Coalition sponsored program, Born Learning, works in collaboration
                                                   with Flagler Hospital and Putnam County Medical Center to provide every new baby
                                                   born at either hospital with a bundle of Baby’s First Books and mom is given a
                                                   Developmental Milestone Book and materials. The ELC supports the Dolly Parton
                                                   Imagination Library Foundation through collaboration with community partners.

   Activities to promote inclusive early           The Coalition’s Primary Service Provider’s Inclusion Specialist provides training
   learning                                        and technical assistance in the areas of inclusion and behavioral issues to any legally
                                                   operating provider in the county. The specialist maintains a provider Warm Line so
                                                   the providers may call with their questions and requests for assistance.
                                                   The Early Steps program supports families to enhance the development of special
                                                   needs infants and toddlers ages birth to 36 months while FDLRS serves older
                                                   children in the same manner. Services must be provided, to the maximum extent
                                                   possible, in natural environments, which may include early care and education
                                                   settings.

   Health activities including those               In conjunction with the administration of the ASQ-SE assessment tool (administered
   designed to promote the social and              with parental permission to children with suspected social and emotional

Original 2010 SR Plan Board Approved 06/02/10, Effective 07/01/10, FOEL Approved 07/19/10
Most recently updated with the 2010 SR Plan amendment #1 through #9 (see School Readiness Plan Amendment Revision Log)
      Florida’s Office of Early Learning


           emotional development of children             developmental delays), parents receive comprehensive education information
                                                         regarding the tools and results of the assessment. Parents are also linked to
                                                         appropriate services based on the results of the assessment.

           Quality activities that increase              The Child Care Resource and Referral Program provides comprehensive information
           parental choice and improve the               to parents on what constitutes quality care. CCR&R provides customized child care
           quality and availability of early             program searches through telephone, in-person or online counseling. It addresses
           learning. (§98.51(a)(1) and (2))              child care options, program openings, public subsidies, tax credits, financial aid,
                                                         quality indicators, guidance on selecting child care, practical tips for a child care
                                                         search, child care referrals, and any other referral a parent may request. The quality
                                                         of care available to parents is increased through the Accreditation/Enrichment
                                                         program which provides intensive technical assistance to providers seeking either
                                                         accreditation or to make substantial improvements to the quality of care offered at
                                                         their home or center. Additionally, the ELC will begin working with registered
                                                         child care homes in 2010 with the goal of all FCCH operating in the ELC’s service
                                                         area being licensed FCCH by July, 2013. The ELC seeks to increase availability of
                                                         quality care by recruiting existing providers to offer more services such as VPK, and
                                                         by recruiting new providers with an emphasis on FCCH by giving informal
                                                         providers information on licensing. The ELC also conducts outreach efforts that
                                                         include placing brochures in places such as pediatrician’s offices or Laundromats
                                                         that are often frequented by those that would likely be interested in opening a
                                                         FCCH.

           Other                                         The Coalition conducts outreach through several venues to include VPK Roundups,
                                                         ads, promoting of CCR& R through community events, print media, purchasing
                                                         advertising in movie theaters and media relations for story pitching and placement.
                                                         The Primary Services Provider places yellow page ads online and in the local
                                                         Chamber of Commerce Directories.


               Identify expected results relative to this element in the chart below:

Required            Current Situation                  Objective                       Activities                              Outcome
Element

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      Most recently updated with the 2010 SR Plan amendment #1 through #9 (see School Readiness Plan Amendment Revision Log)
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5.1.1.          The Coalition may pay up to the        1. Continue to      1. If included in the board-approved     1. If included in the board approved budget, 100% of
Quality      maximum 20% Gold Seal Differential,       develop and         budget, the Primary Services Provider    Gold Seal Providers that have supplied the ELC with the
             based on the board-approved budget. There                                                              Gold Seal Certificate, or appropriate Gold Seal
and Avail-                                             implement           will process 100% of Gold Seal           accreditation documentation, will be paid the Gold Seal
             are 14 Gold Seal providers offering
ability      school readiness services for children in activities that     payments for qualifying School           Differential as evidenced by reimbursement reports.
Enhance-     Putnam County and 23 Gold Seal            increase the        Readiness providers based on             2a. 50% of School Readiness providers active as of the
ment                                                   quality and         submission of attendance/invoices.       first day of the fiscal year with the exception of after
             Providers offering school readiness                                                                    school programs and informal providers will receive an
Activities   services for children in St. Johns        availability of                                              ERS assessment in 50% of the program classrooms as
             County.                                   child care          2a. An increased number of               evidenced by the provider assessment and monitoring
                In 2009, there was one Gold Seal       services.           programs will receive an ERS             schedule. The remaining 50% of providers, plus any
             awarded to a St. Johns County provider                        assessment and will receive coaching     providers who become active after July 1, will be
             with two more Gold Seal Awards              2. Increase the   and environmental technical              assessed the same way the following year. Every active
             pending.                                                                                               provider will be assessed within a 2 year period.
                                                         number of         assistance as appropriate and outlined   2b. Programs receiving a score below 3 on an ERS
                 A Quality Improvement Program
                                                         providers         in the training policy and procedures    assessment will receive at least one additional follow up
             has been established to assist providers
             in improving the overall quality of their   receiving an      guide.                                   visit from education staff to provide assistance and
                                                         ERS program       2b. Providers scoring below a 3 on an    support to the program.
             program.                                                                                               2c. After school programs and informal providers will be
                 In collaboration with the Primary       assessment in     ERS assessment will receive              monitored with the Health and Safety assessment as
             Services Provider, Quality                  the Quality       additional technical assistance.         evidenced by the provider assessment and monitoring
             Improvement participants receiving          Improvement                                                schedule.
             program ERS assessments may receive         Program.          3a. The Primary Service Provider will    3a. All callers requesting child care referrals will have a
             enhancements to assist with expenses                          send all parents requesting CCR&R        parent packet that is in compliance with the current FOEL
             related to providing a quality child care                                                              CCR&R Program Requirements sent to them within 24
                                                         3. Maintain the   referrals a parent packet that is in     hours. This will be evidenced by Secret Shopper calls
             program.                                    provision of      compliance with current FOEL             and the parent packets sent in response to those calls.
                 Information concerning quality care
                                                         consumer          CCR&R Program Requirements.              3b.Community resources referrals will be made to parents
             and community resources are given to                                                                   that request them as evidenced by the Child Enrollment
             parents as requested and through the        education to      3b. Referrals for community
                                                                                                                    Checklists and EFS case notes.
             parent packet sent to parents with child    parents and       resources will be made to parents        3c.Community Resource Guides will be available on the
             care referrals. A community resource        providers.        upon request.                            PSP website as evidenced by the PSP website.
             guide has been developed and is                               3c. The Primary Services Provider        3d. At least 8 community events per year will be attended
             updated at least every 3 years              4. Increase       will attend community events             in Putnam and St. Johns Counties giving parents
             containing local resources for each         parental          distributing brochures and other         information on choosing quality child care as evidenced
             county.                                                                                                by community outreach and event logs.
                                                         involvement in    information on child care options and    4. At least 50% of parent trainings offered will have
                 Parent trainings and activities are     trainings and     choosing quality care.                   parents in attendance as evidenced by the parent training
             offered currently but parental              activities.                                                sign-in sheets/training logs.
             attendance is very low. Most trainings
                                                                           4. A minimum of 8 parent trainings
             scheduled are canceled due to non-
             enrollment.                                                   will be offered to educate and
                                                                           encourage parent involvement.



       Original 2010 SR Plan Board Approved 06/02/10, Effective 07/01/10, FOEL Approved 07/19/10
       Most recently updated with the 2010 SR Plan amendment #1 through #9 (see School Readiness Plan Amendment Revision Log)
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Element 5.2.1 Discretionary Funds Related to Early Learning Resource and Referral and School-age Care

        Describe activities the coalition will implement to enhance the quality of early learning resource and referral and school-age
        care. (45 CFR 98.51(2)(i)) (ACYF-PI-CC-99-05)

        The ELC’s Primary Service Provider provides Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR& R) services. The goal of CCR&R is
        to provide children and their families a resource for child care information and services, and to assist providers in reaching
        parents that need child care and early education services. Through the CCR&R department, families will be provided with the
        most up-to-date, accurate information about childcare and early education opportunities available. The CCR&R department
        will help families understand the importance of a high quality early education experience, and assist them in locating providers
        that meet each family’s needs by the customization of referrals. All services will be provided efficiently and in a customer-
        friendly manner, and will be in accordance with the system requirements of the CCR&R Network of Florida’s Office of Early
        Learning (FOEL).

        CCR&R is the point of entry for early care and education planning, development and the implementation of quality School
        Readiness and VPK services. All parents/guardians that request it are given resource and referral information that will help
        them meet the needs of their families and to understand what high quality care looks like. This includes information on the
        Department of Children and Families (DCF) licensing website, how to search for a provider, child care options, quality
        indicators and a four-step guidance process to help them in their search for a provider. Once CCR&R information is provided,
        School Readiness and VPK services are offered to all families. Through community outreach and education, the ELC
        publicizes early learning services and educates parents/guardians and providers, human service agencies, employers, and
        community planners in the workplace regarding early childhood services. This includes school readiness and VPK laws and
        regulations, availability of early education and care options and quality School Readiness services.

        The ELC, through its Primary Service Provider, works to ensure that there is adequate availability of high quality school age
        care as well as care for younger children. This is accomplished by offering provider training in school age care, either through
        the Primary Service Provider or in partnership with FOEL. Additionally, the ELC seeks to recruit additional licensed
        providers, focusing on family child care homes in particular, to provide school age care as well as centers and afterschool
        programs.

        Identify expected results relative to this element in the chart below:



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Most recently updated with the 2010 SR Plan amendment #1 through #9 (see School Readiness Plan Amendment Revision Log)
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         Required             Current Situation                     Objective                        Activities                     Outcome
          Element
       5.2.1.            The Coalition, through its       1. Improve parent                1a. Continue to provide         1. Number of childcare
       CCR&R and         Primary Service Provider,        knowledge and use of the         parents with child care         referrals and other
       School-age        provides customized              CCR&R system to help             referrals through phone         customized information
       Quality           referrals to all families,       parents access child care        consultations, in-person, or    provided to parents each
       Improvement       regardless of income. From       services, regardless of          online interviews.              fiscal year will either
       Activities        July 2009-January 2010, the      income.                          1b. The ELC or its Primary      remain at the current levels
                         total number of child care                                        Service Provider will attend    or increase as evidenced by
                         referrals and other              2. Meet the child care needs     at least 4 community events     the EFS generated monthly
                         customized information           of under-served                  annually for the purpose of     CCR&R report.
                         provided to parents in St.       infant/toddler and school        increasing the visibility and
                         Johns was 3818 and in            age populations.                 awareness of CCR&R              2. Improve access to
                         Putnam was 5099.                                                  services within the ELC         childcare by increasing
                         In addition, the Coalition       3. Increase the knowledge        service area.                   capacity by 5% for School
                         has an outreach plan to          level of providers offering                                      Age children and infant and
                         ensure that the parents          school-aged care.                2a. Review supply and           toddler by June, 2013 as
                         (regardless of income) are                                        demand data to identify         evidenced by provider
                         aware of and use Child                                            childcare needs.                capacity in the EFS
                         Care Resource and Referral                                        2b.Conduct outreach in          database.
                         services.                                                         targeted communities to
                         Quality school age care is                                        recruit providers of all        3. 75% of the ELC
                         offered to parents that need                                      types and serving all age       sponsored School Age
                         it through several provider                                       groups including infants,       trainings will show an
                         types and at this time the                                        toddlers, and school age        increase in the participants’
                         supply meets the needs.                                           children. Recruitment           knowledge and skill as
                         The Primary Service                                               efforts will be targeted        evidenced by the
                         Provider regularly updates                                        towards FCCH in                 cumulative pre and post
                         the child care database and                                       particular.                     course or training
                         analyzes it to determine                                                                          assessments.
                         areas of need.                                                    3. At least 4 specific school
                                                                                           age trainings will be
                                                                                           offered annually as
                                                                                           evidenced by the training
                                                                                           calendar and the training
                                                                                           database.


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Most recently updated with the 2010 SR Plan amendment #1 through #9 (see School Readiness Plan Amendment Revision Log)
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Element 5.3.1 Discretionary Funds Related to Infant and Toddler Early Learning

        Describe activities the coalition will implement to enhance the quality of infant and toddler early learning. (ACYF-PI-CC-99-
        05)
        The Coalition’s Primary Service Provider employs Education Specialists, who provide on-site technical assistance to school
        readiness programs by promoting the group-care philosophy of small groups, primary care, and continuity of care. The
        specialists work with infant/toddler classrooms by reading stories, playing games and providing activities that focus on a
        variety of skills, such as; problem-solving, social/emotional development and language and literacy. Additionally, the
        specialists provide technical assistance on room arrangement that enhances infant and toddler creative abilities, expands oral
        language, encourages incorporating words with an activity, and assists children in making choices that help develop
        confidence. The specialists also provide information, techniques, and education on reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death
        Syndrome (SIDS) and Shaken Baby Syndrome, and promoting health, wellness and safety issues.

        Identify expected results relative to this element in the chart below:

         Required            Current Situation                     Objective                        Activities                   Outcome
         Element
       5.3.1. Infant    The Coalition provides,          Increase the availability         The Coalition provides,       75% of Providers scoring
       and Toddler      through its Primary              and quality of infant /           through its Primary           below a 5 will implement
       Quality          Service Provider,                toddler care.                     Service Provider,             at least one item from the
       Improvement      Education Specialists to                                           training, technical           action plan based on the
       Activities       furnish training, technical                                        assistance and other          ITERS assessment as
                        assistance and other                                               supports to school            evidenced by the provider
                        supports to school                                                 readiness providers           response to the action
                        readiness providers, as                                            offering Infant/Toddler       plan.
                        described above.                                                   services.


Element 5.4.1 Discretionary Funds Related to Inclusive Early Learning

        Describe activities the coalition will implement to enhance inclusive early learning. (ACYF-PI-CC-99-05)


Original 2010 SR Plan Board Approved 06/02/10, Effective 07/01/10, FOEL Approved 07/19/10
Most recently updated with the 2010 SR Plan amendment #1 through #9 (see School Readiness Plan Amendment Revision Log)
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        The Coalition, through its Primary Service Provider, employs an Inclusion Specialist to furnish training, technical assistance
        and other supports to school readiness providers. The Inclusion Specialist follows FOEL guidelines by submitting required
        reports, attending required meetings and/or conference calls, and by operating a toll free Warm Line. Utilizing the Warm Line,
        the Inclusion Specialist provides consultation to child care providers regarding health, development, disabilities, and special
        needs issues. The specialist offers advice to child care personnel concerning strategies, curriculum, and environmental
        adaptations that allow a child to derive maximum benefit from the child care experience.
        The Inclusion Specialist works with providers to improve behavior management techniques, make accommodations for
        children with special needs, and serve as a model for teachers learning to respond appropriately to the needs of children with
        serious health issues. The Inclusion Specialist ensures that children with identified development concerns receive the
        specialized services to which they are entitled.
        The Inclusion Specialist raises community awareness of the inclusion of children with special needs by distributing Warm Line
        flyers, newsletters and handouts about issues affecting inclusion, and by collaborating with community partners to promote
        inclusion. All Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) staff seek out opportunities to promote community awareness of
        and support for equal access to high quality child care and learning opportunities for all children, including those with
        disabilities and special health care needs.
        Technical assistance is provided by telephone as well as through site visits to all child care centers and homes. The Inclusion
        Specialist provides assistance and education to providers and parents for all special needs children and those with special
        health needs, regardless of their subsidized status, and facilitates networking with the appropriate community resources as
        needed.
        Training opportunities are offered to all providers in the service delivery area. Inclusion topics appear on each of the quarterly
        Master Training Calendars. A minimum of two inclusion related trainings appear on each calendar, and are available in a
        variety of locations. Inclusion and modifications are addressed whenever applicable in all of the trainings that occur.
        The Primary Service Provider staff collaborates with each other and with other agencies in order to provide the necessary
        assistance and consultation to child care centers and family child care homes regarding health, child development, disabilities,
        and special needs issues for all children. The Inclusion Specialist collaborates with the Environmental Specialist, the
        Infant/Toddler Specialist, and the Literacy Coach to provide consultation and on-site technical assistance to programs. This
        creates more inclusive environments by means of adapting the environmental and program design, implementing a variety of
        accommodations, and through overall quality enhancement.
        Identify expected results relative to this element in the chart below:



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              Required             Current Situation                     Objective                       Activities                  Outcome
              Element
            5.4.1.            The Coalition’s Primary          Enhance the quality of           1a. Provide inclusion        1a. 75% of providers that
            Inclusive         Service Provider                 inclusive early learning.        training opportunities to    attend an inclusion
            Early             maintains a                                                       child care providers.        related training will show
            Learning          comprehensive Inclusion                                                                        an increase in knowledge
            Quality           program as described                                              1b. Provide technical        as evidenced by scores
            Improvement       above.                                                            assistance to providers to   recorded on the pre/post
            Opportunities                                                                       meet behavioral and/or       training score reports.
                              The Primary Service                                               individualized needs of
                              Provider offers a                                                 children.                    1b. 75% of providers
                              minimum of 8 training                                                                          who receive technical
                              opportunities on                                                  1c. Maintain a log of        assistance from an
                              Inclusion topics annually.                                        Warm Line Requests and       Inclusion Specialist will
                                                                                                provide immediate            have increased the
                              The Inclusion Specialist                                          technical assistance.        quality of inclusive
                              maintains a provider                                                                           services provided as
                              database documenting                                                                           evidenced by the
                              technical assistance                                                                           Inclusion Specialist’s
                              offered to providers.                                                                          technical assistance
                                                                                                                             satisfaction survey.
                              The Warm Line is
                              available to child care                                                                        1c. 100% of Warm Line
                              providers 7 days a week                                                                        requests will be
                              24 hours a day and calls                                                                       responded to as
                              will be returned within                                                                        evidenced by the Warm
                              one business day,                                                                              Line Technical
                              Monday through Friday                                                                          Assistance Logs.
                              from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.




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Most recently updated with the 2010 SR Plan amendment #1 through #9 (see School Readiness Plan Amendment Revision Log)

								
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