2013-2014 Kindergarten Readiness Rates
In previous years, VPK providers have been notified that the preliminary kindergarten readiness rates would be available for review during the month of December. The final rates were always published the end of February. This year, however, the calculation and publication of these rates will most likely be delayed. As many of you know, one of the two assessment tools, the FAIR-FS, used to screen kindergarten students was suspended on September 15, 2014 by State Education Commissioner, Pam Stewart. This action was taken as a result of many school districts throughout the State reporting they were experiencing many technical challenges administering this tool. With the suspension of the FAIR-FS, kindergarten teachers were only required to assess the children on one measure, known as the Work Sampling System (WSS), which replaced the ECHOS this year. The deadline for completion of the WSS was September 30th and the K-teachers were required to submit the results by October 31st.
In order to calculate a VPK provider’s kindergarten readiness rate, however, Florida Statute requires that kindergarten children be assessed using 2 measures of the Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS). So, this presented a problem for Florida’s Office of Early Learning (OEL) as they were given the responsibility of selecting a second measure to be used in the calculation. As of today’s date, OEL will be using the VPK Assessment data results (AP 1 and AP2) from the 2012-2013 and the 2013-2014 (last 2 years) as the second measure. In anticipation of a more time consuming and complex process of calculating the 2014-14 readiness rates, the release of the preliminary and final rates will most likely be later than in previous years.
New VPK Assessment Requirements for 2015-2016
A new pre and post VPK Assessment will be required for the 2015-2016 VPK school year program. This is in addition to the current VPK Assessment (AP1, and AP3) that is already required. The new assessment is a result of a 2014 mandate that required Florida’s Office of Early Learning (OEL), to procure a pre and post assessment ensuring coverage of all domains in the Standards for Four Year Olds. Teaching Strategies Gold was selected as the new observational assessment. As of today’s date, the anticipated roll-out is as follows:
VPK applications will not be approved unless:
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. Please use the Application Checklist to ensure that you have included all of the required forms and documentation in your application packet.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: All three (3) application forms have a new logo. Forms with the old logo will not be accepted.
If the application is incomplete or is missing documents, providers will be notified via email. Providers will have 5 business days from the notification date to re-submit documents. Re-submittal beyond the 5 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 (white out) are not accepted.
Appointments with Bay Plaza staff to review applications will be available by calling
(813) 740-4713 for an appointment.
TO PURCHASE A COPY OF THE STANDARDS, CLICK HERE.
TO DOWNLOAD AND VIEW A PDF VERSION, CLICK HERE.
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AS OF APRIL 1, 2014, parents can register for the 2014-2015 VPK School Year Program Online!
1/23/2015 - The National Journal
Early-childhood development is the rare issue that unites liberals and conservatives, nearly all of whom agree that the first few years of a child's life are a time of crucial social and intellectual formation. Yet policymakers and educators rarely pay much attention to the adults who spend their days with young children, particularly child-care workers.
1/20/2015 - MomsRising.org
....For practical reasons, we still needed both incomes and health benefits. And as a two-teacher family, we knew that, developmentally, children who have access to high-quality early education are given a running start. We wanted our children to have the social and academic benefits.
1/13/1025 - Education Week
Libby Doggett, who oversees early-childhood policy for the U.S. Department of Education, has a long history in the field, including work with the National Head Start Association and the Pew Charitable Trusts, where she led the philanthropy's Home Visiting campaign and its Pre-K Now initiative.