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State and Territory Profile

STATE/TERRITORY PROFILE - FLORIDA

This profile highlights a current innovative effort to promote a subsidy system that is child-focused, family friendly, and fair to providers. It also provides demographic information, Early Care and Education (ECE) program participation and funding, subsidy innovation and program integrity information, program quality improvement activities, and professional development and workforce initiatives. Sources and links are provided at the end of the document

Demographics

Total Population 12 and Under
Total Population 12 and Under. Under 3-Years Old: Total 637815, Percentage 23; 3 and 4-Years Old: Total 435691 Percentage 15; 5 through 12-Years Old: Total 1755744 Percentage 62
Children Living in Working Families
Children Living in Working Families: Children under 6-Years-Old Living in Working Families with one working parent 0.308361105284828 and with two working parents 0.347686965438486; Children Ages 6 to 17-Years Old Living in Working Families with one working parent 0.319520925263494 and with two working parents 0.390912389094302
Poverty Statistics
Poverty Statistics: 0.454318279892823 are Under 6-Years Old and living Below 185% of Poverty; 0.21532964903619 are Under 6-Years Old and living Below 100% of Poverty; 0.415908935251181 are 6 to 17-Years Old and living Below 185% of Poverty; 0.197395909297216 are 6 to 17-Years Old and living Below 100% of Poverty
  Below 100% of Poverty Below 185% of Poverty
Under 6-Years Old 21.53% 45.43%
6 to 17-Years Old 19.74% 41.59%

ECE Program Participation and Funding

Percentage and Number of Children/Families Served
CCDF Average Monthly Percentage
of Children in Care By Age Group
CCDF Average Monthly Percentage<br>of Children in Care By Age Group. Under 3-Years Old: 32%; 3 and 4-Years Old: 31%; 5 through 12-Years Old: 36%
CCDF Average Monthly Number
of Children and Families Served
Average Monthly number of Children and Families Served: Children 88000 and Families 62500
Average Monthly Percentages of Children Served in All Types of Care
Licensed Providers
Average Monthly Percentages of Children Served in All Types of Care - Licensed or Regulated Providers: Center 86%, Group Home 0%, Family Home 5%, Child's Home 5%
Non-Licensed Providers
Average Monthly Percentages of Children Served in All Types of Care - Legally Operating Without Regulations: Center 8%, Group Home 0%, Family Home 0%, Child's Home 0%
Note: Unregulated provider data includes relative and non-relative care.
Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)
  • Total CCDF Expenditure (Including Quality):
$511,501,939
  • CCDF Federal Expenditure:
$416,149,058
  • CCDF State/Territory Expenditure:
$95,352,881
CCDF Quality Expenditures
  • Total Quality Expenditure:
$108,616,230
  • Quality Activities (Set Aside Funds):
$93,367,426
  • Infant and Toddler (Targeted Funds):
$0
  • Quality Expansion Funds (Targeted Funds):
$12,509,270
  • School-Age/Resource and Referral (Targeted Funds):
$2,739,534
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for Child Care
  • TANF – Total Child Care Expenditure:
$206,267,054
Bullet icon TANF – Direct Expenditure on Child Care: $95,976,178
Bullet icon TANF – Transfer to CCDF: $110,290,876
ChildCare Tax Credits
  • Tax Credit Federal Total Amount Claimed:
$25,255,500
  • Tax Credit Federal Number of Claims:
442,690
  • State/Territory Tax Credit Available - 2015:
No
  • State/Territory Tax Credit Refundable:
No
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
  • CACFP Funding:
$294,888,928
  • Number of Family Child Care Homes Participating:
1,742
  • Number of Child Care Centers (includes Head Start Programs) Participating:
4,585
Head Start
  • Head Start Federal Allocation:
$310,422,814
  • Head Start State/Territory Allocation:
Not available
  • Number of Children Participating:
32,888
IDEA Part B, Section 619
  • IDEA Part B Funding:
$18,584,536
  • Number of Children Served (Ages 3- through 5-Years-Old):
39,862
IDEA Part C
  • IDEA Part C Funding:
$25,186,139
  • Number of Children Served (Ages Birth through 2-Years-Old):
15,616
Pre-kindergarten
  • Pre-kindergarten Total Expenditure:
$379,969,502
  • Enrollment (4-year-olds and under):
173,645
Note: Total Expenditure includes all State/Territory, Local, and Federal dollars. In addition to 3 and 4-year-olds, some Pre-kindergarten programs enroll children of other ages.

CCDF Subsidy Program Administration

Income Eligibility Limit as a Percent of State Median Income (SMI)
Family Size 100% of SMI (Monthly) 85% of SMI (Monthly) Lower Than 85% of SMI,
If Used to Limit Eligibility
Amount (Monthly) Percent of SMI
Three $4,601.00 $3,911.00 $2,441 53%
SMI Year and Source:
Waiting Lists
  • Waiting lists are a county/local decision.
Re-determination Period
  • The re-determination period is at a minimum conducted at least annually, however,Ê the length of the redetermination period may be less than annual depending the coalitionÕs local operating procedure, Rule 6M-4.209, F.A.C. Protective services clientÕs redetermination must occur every 6 months in accordance with Rule 6M-4.201, F.A.C. Protective Services referrals are typically for a 6 month period, Rule 6M-4.201(1)(b), F.A.C. Families under protective investigations may receive referrals for a 60 day period and may be renewed for 60 day increments not to exceed 6 months.Ê The Welfare Transition Program participants that are receiving cash assistance receive a referral for 6 months..
Coordinates or Aligns Re-determination Periods With Which Programs
  • Yes
Prioritize Services for Eligible Children and Families
  • Children with special needs are listed as the 8th priority for SR services pursuant to s. 1002.87(1)(h), F. S. Providers receive higher rates for caring for children with special needs requiring additional care.
  • Children in families with very low incomes are listed as the 3rd priority for school readiness services pursuant to s.Ê 1002.87(1)(c), F.S., for children ages birth to entry to kindergarten (and may include siblings up to the 6th grade) and listed as the 6th priority pursuant to s. 1002.87(1)(f), F.S., for children younger than 13 years of age. Children in families with very low incomes may have co-payments waived on a case-by-case basis.
Use of Grants and Contracts

No grant or contracts used

Payment Rates for Licensed Child Care Services -
Age Center Family Child Care
Infant 117.00/week 101.00/week
Toddler 102.00/week 94.50/week
Preschool 93.00/week 83.00/week
School Age 83.00/week 78.00/week
 
Effective date of payment rates:

Market Rate Survey (MRS) Date: August 1, 2013

Payment rate ceiling in relations to the most current MRS for all rate areas and age categories: Center 0-54th percentile; FCC 0-9th percentile

Differential Rates
Differential rates are used for the following types of care:
  • children with special needs
  • Infants and toddlers
  • higher quality care
Sliding Fee Scale and Family Contribution
Minimum Family Contribution Maximum Family Contribution for First Child Maximum Family Contribution for Multiple Children Sliding Fee Scale Effective Date
$1.10/day $7.70/day Second and all additional children pay a reduced fee.
Family Contribution Waiver
SOME families ARE NOT required to pay a fee.

Health and Safety

Number of Licensed Programs and Licensed Capacity
Type Number of Licensed Programs Licensed Capacity
Child Care Centers 6,819 706926
Family Child Care Homes 2,796 27960
Group Family Child Care Homes 443 5316
Definition of Licensed Group and Family Child Care Homes
Group Child Care Homes:Number of children allowed* 12
Family Child Care Homes: Number of children allowed 2-10
*Lower number is the threshold for licensing. Home-based providers caring for fewer children would be exempt from licensing.
Child-Staff Ratios and Group Size by Age of Children for Child Care Centers
Age of Children Child-Staff Ratio Group Size
Infant (11 months) 4:1 Group size not regulated
Toddler (35 months) 11:1 Group size not regulated
Preschool (59months) 15:1 Group size not regulated
School-age (6 years) 25:1 Group size not regulated
School-age (10 years and older) 25:1 Group size not regulated
Criminal Background Checks Required by Type of Program
Type Child Care Centers Group Child Care Homes Family Child Care Homes
Criminal History Records Yes Yes Yes
Child Abuse and Neglect Registry Yes Yes Yes
Fingerprints Yes Yes Yes
Sex Offender Registry Yes Yes Yes
Signed Statement About Criminal Status Yes Yes Yes
Minimum Preservice Qualifications and Ongoing Training Requirements
Role Minimum Preservice Qualifications Ongoing Training Hours
Center Teacher 40-hour introductory child care training within 15 months of employment, completion of a competency exam, and 5 clock hours of training in early literacy and language development 10
Center Director State director credential 10
Family Child Care Home Provider 30-hour Family Child Care Training Course with a score of 70 or better on competency exam, and 5 clock hours of approved training in early literacy and language development 10
Group Child Care Home Provider State or national ECE credential (held for at least 1 year), 30-hour Family Child Care Training Course with a score of 70 or better on competency exam, and 5 clock hours of approved training in early literacy and language development 10
Types of Routine Visits Conducted
Type Announced Unannounced Frequency of Routine Visits
Child Care Centers No Yes Three times a year
Family Child Care Home Provider No Yes Twice a year
Group Child Care Home Provider No Yes Twice a year

Quality Improvement

Program Standards
  • Standards have provisions about the care of the following groups of children:
    • Infants and toddlers
    • School-age children
    • Children with special needs
    • Children who are dual language learners
Supports to Programs to Improve Quality
  • TA is available for attaining and maintaining licensing compliance
Yes
  • TA is available for attaining and maintaining quality standards beyond licensing
Yes
  • TA is available for attaining and maintaining accreditation
Yes
  • TA is linked to entering the QRIS or targeted to help programs move in QRIS
No
Financial Incentives and Supports for Programs
  • Grants to meet or maintain licensing
No
  • Grants to meet QRIS or similar quality levels
No
  • One-time awards or bonuses on completion of quality standard attainment
No
  • Tiered reimbursement tied to quality for children receiving subsidy
Yes
  • On-going, periodic grants or stipends tied to improving/maintaining quality
No
  • Tax credits tied to meeting program quality standards
Yes
Quality Assurance and Monitoring
  • Environment Rating Scale (e.g., ECERS, ITERS, SACERS, FDCRS)
No
  • Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)
Yes
  • Program Assessment Scales (PAS) for child care centers or Business Administration Scale (BAS) for family child care homes
No
  • State/Territory uses customized instrument, including submission of written documentation, developed for the quality improvement system
No
Outreach and Consumer Education
  • State/Territory uses symbols or simple icons to communicate levels of quality for child care programs
Yes
  • State/Territory uses this information for resource and referral and consumer education services with parents who are seeking care
No
  • State/Territory uses this information to educate parents who are enrolling in the subsidy system
No
  • State/Territory uses this information in a searchable database on the web
No
  • State/Territory promotes voluntarily posting symbols or icons visibly in programs
No
  • State/Territory mandates posting symbols or icons visibly in programs
No
  • State/Territory uses this information in marketing and public awareness campaigns
No
  • State/Territory uses the media to reach public to parents and the communicate about levels of quality for child care programs
Yes
Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)
  • State/Territory has a QRIS or similar quality improvement system that includes linked activities in all five elements
 
Bullet icon Operating state/territory-wide No
Bullet icon Operating as a pilot or in a few localities No
  • State/Territory is in the development phase of a QRIS or similar quality improvement system
No
  • State/Territory has no plans for the development of a QRIS or similar quality improvement system
No
  • Types of providers eligible to participate in QRIS: None

Early Learning Standards

ELGs Developed by Age Group
  • Birth to 3 years
  • 3 to 5 years
A table of Alignment of Early Learning Guidelines with Other Early Care and Education Systems
  • The State/Territory aligns its early learning guidelines with other parts of the child care system:
    • Cross-walked to align with Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework

Coordination

Coordination and Partnership Efforts to Support the Implementation of CCDF
  • Formal early childhood and/or school-age coordination plans
Yes
  • Designated entity responsible for coordination- state/territory-wide early childhood and/or school-age cabinet/advisory council/task force/ commission
Yes
  • Designated entity responsible for coordination- state advisory council
Yes
  • Designated entity responsible for coordination- local coordination/council
No

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