What you teach them today will shape their tomorrow.




VPK – As an early childhood teacher, you play a valuable role in educating young children. In fact, the work you do each day increases a child’s chances of succeeding in school and in life. They are more likely to graduate from high school,finish college and earn more as adults. That is why we need your participation in Florida’s voluntary prekindergarten (VPK) program.

The VPK program began during the 2005-2006 school year. Public, private and faith-
based providers may be eligible to deliver the program depending on whether they meet
the minimum standards required in law. To learn more about Florida’s VPK program
download the provider brochure.
English: Download
Spanish: Download
Creole: Download
VPK Standards Training
All VPK providers must complete training on the state’s VPK standards. For information on this training, please contact Linda Hockenberry at Episcopal Children’s Services: 904-726-1500, ext. 237.

VPK Provider Readiness Rates

Each year, the Florida Department of Education computes a VPK readiness rate of the children entering kindergarten. The rates for these children are summarized by the VPK provider whose program the children attended, if any. Providers who fall into the bottom 15% statewide are deemed by the Department of Education to be “low performing providers”. These providers will need to develop a coalition-approved improvement plan. If a provider remains in low performing category for three consecutive years, they will no longer be allowed to be a provider of VPK services. VPK providers can verify the data used to identify the children to be included in their readiness rates on the Department of Education website

Referrals To Your Business

When you contact ECS Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R), we will send you an informational sheet for you to complete and return. Please include your schedule, contact information, curriculum, any enhanced services, rates and fees, and any other important information you would want parents to know when they are looking for care for their child. The information is entered into our computer database and is updated every six months.

Families who call us looking for care are given a computer-generated referral listing which includes detailed information on the providers that meet each family’s needs.

There are no charges/fees associated with a provider listing in the CCR&R database or for referrals to your program. If you are asked to provide payment for a referral or listing in the  database, please call the Office of Early Learning at 1-866-357-3239.

The information reported about a provider’s program is objective program information which is based on standards that are attainable for providers based on their type of care.

CCR&R provides referrals; NOT recommendations.

Other Services

Our Coalition understands that we cannot be successful without the early learning educators in our communities. We support all providers serving our VPK and school readiness (subsidized child care) children, with initiatives to strengthen and build the quality of your programs. The Coalition funds CDA/E scholarships, a resource van, lending libraries, a teacher coaching model, program evaluation and improvement opportunities, and accreditation support for those seeking national accreditation from state-recognized organizations.

We have contracted with Episcopal Children’s Services for most provider services. You may contact them online by clicking here.

Their specialists can work with you on these support initiatives, the Child Care Food Program, licensing questions, training and other issues.

Be sure to take advantage of training opportunities.  Many of them are free of charge and CDA/E documentable. See our “Events – Training” page for training calendars. You can also click here for child care information and resources offered by DCF.

Child Care Training Information Center

On July 1, 2005, the DCF Child Care Training Information Center (CCTIC) was launched. A team of CCTIC Specialists are available Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm, to answer questions about state-mandated training, educational exemptions and staff training requirements (CDA, CDAE, Director’s Credentials, VPK, etc). CCTIC is also responsible for processing staff credential verifications and updating/creating training transcripts.

CCTIC may be reached at 1-888-FL-CCTIC (1-888-352-2842), Fax: 850-922- 9156, email:

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program provides scholarships for child care/early learning teachers and directors for educational costs to obtain a Child Development Associate credential or state equivalency certificate, Director’s Credential or an Associate degree in early childhood at a community college.

For more information about how to access a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship, visit their website.

The Early Learning Coalition supports child care providers through:

•Numerous workshops are offered to child care providers on many topics such as brain research, CPR/First Aid Classes, Second Step Curriculum training, science and music projects, lesson planning, communicable disease, inclusion training, playground safety and make-it and
take-it workshops. Trainings and classes are coordinated by Episcopal Children’s Services Contact ECS at (904) 726-1500, Press 5 or visit:
• Accreditation program for private, faith-based and family child care providers.
• On-going assessments and visits to contracted child care centers and homes.
• Technical assistance is offered to providers on an on-going basis such as best practices, business practices, developmentally appropriate practices and learning environments, character development activities and healthful and safe school readiness environments to promote the enhancement of quality and promote effective teaching strategies.
• Assists centers with maintaining enrollment rosters and monthly claims.
 Annual Early Childhood Conference

Teaching resources are also available:

Preschool Express – suggestions on art, games and story time

First-School – preschool activities and crafts

ABC Teach – activities, flashcards, themes and more


Sponsorship by the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida and the state of Florida, Office of Early Learning.

Early Learning Coalition of North Florida