Whether you are an established provider interested in achieving National Accreditation or just starting out and want information on how to open a child care facility, Episcopal Children’s Services has the resources for you. If you are thinking of starting a child care business, or if you have already opened your program and would like resources for new providers, please contact us at 1-800-238-3463, and ask to speak with a Child Care Resource and Referral representative.
Child Care Resource and Referral
ECS ensures that provider information is updated annually in the statewide information system maintained by the Office of Early Learning for each legally operating child care/early learning provider licensed or registered by the Department of Children and Families and each provider receiving state or federal funds within Clay, Nassau, Baker, Bradford, Putnam, and St. Johns Counties.
There are no charges/fees associated with a provider listing in the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Database or for referrals to your program. If you are asked to provide a payment for a referral or for a listing in the CCR&R Database, please call Florida’s Office of Early Learning at 1-866-357-3239. The information reported about a provider’s program is objective program information that is based on standards that are attainable for providers based on their type of care. For more information about the Provider Update Form, please contact ECS at 904-726-1500, ext. 246.
School Readiness Approved Curriculum
In accordance with s.1002.88(1)(f), F.S., child care providers contracted with the School Readiness program must use a state-approved curriculum or curricula for programs serving children birth through 5 years old. Click here to view the School Readiness Approved Curriculum List. For OEL’s Q&A guide regarding Approved Curriculum, please click here.
School Readiness Provider Contract Monitoring Requirement
ECS is required by the Office of Early Learning (OEL) to monitor contract compliance for all contracted School Readiness providers. The OEL required tool includes the following elements: verification the provider is legally operating, uses an approved developmentally appropriate curriculum and character development program, maintains the health and safety of children, maintains accurate attendance records for sign in/out sheets and enrollment/attendance certificates, reports absences as required including compliance with F.S. 39.604 Rilya Wilson Act, maintains records for five years, documents the collection of parent copayments, reports unusual incidents, and maintains required insurance. If you have any questions, please contact the Provider Services Department at 904-726-1500 or 1-800-238-3463.
Click here to view a copy of the OEL School Readiness Contract Monitoring Tool.
Click here to view the School Readiness Provider Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
The U.S Government site, usa.gov, features information for parents and providers, as well as policy and research information in English and Spanish. Find information on topics from Autism to resources for funding your child care business to paying for child care.
What SHOULD I do if I SUSPECT fraud is being committed?
School Readiness is supported by state and federal taxes and because of this, we are obligated to be good stewards of the funding. If you are aware of an individual committing fraud against the School Readiness and/or Voluntary Prekindergarten programs, please contact ECS by either calling 800-238-3462, ext. 206, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Information provided will remain confidential.