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New Info on VPK Pre- and Post-Assessments for 2015-16

(Posted 5/8/15 -- Updated 6/15/15)

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Beginning in fall 2015, all Voluntary Prekindergarten programs will use VPK Assessment and Teaching Strategies® GOLD™ !

Click HERE to download an updated flyer and At-A-Glance document (PDF format) about VPK Pre- and Post-Assessmemts for 2015-16 based on current statutes and rules. The document will provide answers to many big-picture questions, particularly on the use of Teaching Strategies® GOLD™ Also, view the Summer 2015 edition of The Hillsborough Provider's Focus Magazine for a detailed article about this very topic. If, after reading these documents, you have questions, contact the Office of Early Learning at VPKquestions@oel.myflorida.com or by phone at 1 (866) 447-1159.

VPK Provider Application Forms for 2015-2016 VPK School Year Program

(Posted 3/19/2015)

Deadlines for submitting VPK Applications for the 2015-2016 School Year are fast approaching! Please carefully read the information outlined below:

NEW THIS YEAR: All providers should schedule an appointment with Coalition staff at the Bay Plaza office location to review their VPK application and documents to expedite approvals. Staff will be scheduling appointments every Tuesday and Thursday beginning APRIL 7, 2015. To schedule an appointment you may call 813-740-4713 or click HERE to set your appointment online. Steps for using the link are as follows:

  1. Click on the link
  2. Select location “B”-Brandon Office-Bay Plaza
  3. Under ‘Service’, indicate how many VPK classrooms by selecting either “VPK PROV 1-2 Classrooms” or 3-4,etc.
  4. Beside “STAFF” use the dropdown and select either VPK Agent 8, VPK Agent 10, or VPK Agent 7
  5. Select appointment date
  6. Complete: name, email, phone, and comments (or center name) under the green note
  7. Select ‘Schedule appointment’

IMPORTANT DEADLINES:

MAY 1, 2015--Providers wishing to receive PRE-PAYMENTS must submit completed Application Packet and required documents by the CLOSE OF BUSINESS on this date. Providers submitting applications after this deadline can still opt to receive pre-payments, however, there is no guarantee you will receive an August prepayment. Additionally, if you have Certificates of Eligibility you may submit copies of these with your initial application.

JUNE 1, 2015-

  • Providers not opting for prepayments must submit a completed application packet by close of business on this date to ensure a start date of August 25, 2015. Additionally, if you have Certificates of Eligibility you may submit copies of these with your initial application.
  • Copies of all Certificates of Eligibility (COE) must be submitted to receive pre-payment. COE’s must be submitted individually (either by mailing copies or via fax 813-740-4723). Providers MUST keep the original COE’s for 5 years.

JULY 1, 2015—providers have missed the deadline for prepayments.

July 15, 2015—deadline for submitting all COE’s

DO NOT SUBMIT CERTIFICATES OF ELIGIBILITY (COEs) UNLESS A COMPLETED APPLICATION HAS BEEN SUBMITTED.

VPK Provider Application Forms for 2015-2016 VPK School Year Program

VPK applications will not be approved unless:

  • All Level 2 background screening submitted are valid for the entire school year, August 2015 to June 2016.
  • All lead VPK teachers listed on the VPK 11 A have completed the Standards for Four Year Olds training or have formal education listed on DCF transcript
  • Affidavits of Good Moral Character are submitted using the 2 page format

Below you will find links to the forms and materials you will need to submit a complete application packet. Providers should be aware that incomplete application packets will not be processed which is the reason the appointments are so important. The Application Checklist should be submitted with your application packet to ensure that you have included all of the required forms and documentation.

Many of the forms are editable PDF forms. If you need the latest version of Adobe, you may download it for FREE by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page. Discontinued application forms (ones with red flame logo) will not be accepted.

VPK PROVIDER APPLICATION PACKET

ADDITONAL FORMS & GUIDELINES

If the application is incomplete or is missing documents, providers will be notified via email. Providers will have 10 business days from the notification date to re-submit documents. Re-submittal beyond the 10 business days could delay your application approval and possible start date. Once application packets are approved, providers will be notified of their approval and assigned a time to sign their VPK contract.

Completed application packets must be mailed or hand delivered to:

Early Childhood School Readiness Programs

9325 Bay Plaza Blvd.

Suite 210

Tampa, Florida 33619

Faxes or altered documents (including white out) are not accepted.

Appointments with Bay Plaza staff to review applications will be available by calling
(813) 740-4713 for an appointment.


Florida Education Standards

TO PURCHASE A COPY OF THE STANDARDS, CLICK HERE.

TO DOWNLOAD AND VIEW A PDF VERSION, CLICK HERE.

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