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Archived What's New Articles - 2011

Florida KidCare Information

  • There are approximately 2 million children enrolled in the program
  • As of a recent report, about 12.7% (507,000) of Florida's child population does not have insurance - Florida KidCare seeks to reach and enroll these children in the program
  • There are four components to the Florida KidCare program:
    • Children's Medical Services Network (children 0-18 with special health care needs)
    • MediKids (children 1-4 years old)
    • Healthy Kids (children 5-18 years old)
    • Children's Medicaid (children 0-18 years old who meet certain income requirements)

-- Posted 12.22.2011
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Proposed Rule Changes to Chapter 65C-22, F.A.C.

Workshop 1:      Workshop 2:
January 9, 2012, 10 a.m. - Noon      January 11, 2012, 10 a.m. - Noon
1317 Winewood Blvd., Building 4      400 W. Robinson Street, Suite 1006 South Tower
Tallahassee, FL 32399      Orlando, FL 32801

-- Posted 12.19.2011
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DCF Fall 2011 Information Packet

-- Posted 12.12.2011
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New Deadline for ODT Facilitator Training Program

-- Posted 12.01.2011
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Childcare Facilities and Head Start Immunization Assessment 2011-2012

-- Posted 11.29.2011
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Brevard County Child Care

  • Introduction to the Child Care Management Team at DCF
  • Licensure Process for the upcoming Renewals
  • Renewal and Routine Inspection cycle
  • DCF contact information

DATE TIME LOCATION
December 5, 2011 



12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  

Brevard County Government Center
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Bldg. C, 3rd Floor
Viera, FL 32940
Conference Room - Atlantic Room
December 12, 2011 



10:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.  

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  

Brevard County Government Center
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Bldg. C, 3rd Floor
Viera, FL 32940
Conference Room - Florida Room

If you have any questions regarding the transition, please contact your current licensing counselor at (321) 633-2100.

-- Posted 11.23.2011
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Food Hygiene Proposed Rule

-- Posted 10.25.2011
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Florida to Submit Application for Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant

How the Challenge Grant Works:

Serving High Risk Children - The Challenge Grant partners with private businesses to meet the needs of high risk children. Utilizing demographic data, areas of historically high risk will be targeted. Childcare providers serving high risk children will have the option of participating in the process. Childcare providers will also have access to mini-grants to build capacity for delivering services to high risk children.

Administration - Early Learning Coalitions will administer the process in local areas and will be held accountable for how funds are allocated and utilized. Childcare providers will receive funding through mini-block grants.

Measurable Results - The Office of Early Learning will monitor progress towards desired outcomes and spending to ensure positive results for children and support to small businesses.

The Challenge grant is in line with Governor Scott's Commitment:

Participation is optional - No childcare business in the State of Florida will be forced to participate in this process. It's an optional benefit to strengthen the valuation of businesses.

Conservative Principles at Work - Smaller government and localized solutions are the backbone of this approach. This leverages the strength of the private sector to provide localized solutions to serve at risk children.

No strings attached - If the grant package comes back from the federal government with new required regulation or constraints with how Florida spends the money, we will not accept it.

No new business regulations - The grant application does not impose additional regulations on businesses, but will hold providers and Early Learning Coalition's accountable for spending grant dollars wisely.

Streamlining of existing regulations - The Office of Early Learning, Department of Education, Department of Children and Families, and Department of Health working collaboratively to eliminate duplicative, cumbersome approaches.

No legacy spending - There will be no commitment to additional state resources currently or in the future.

Smaller government and localized solutions - The grant will be implemented in local communities across the State of Florida, utilizing our existing framework. State government will not grow.

The Office of Early Learning has garnered wide ranging support for this proposal. Business leaders including Publix, Walt Disney World, Fifth Third Bank, Northern Trust, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Baptist Health, Bank of America, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, as well as Florida's Association for the Education of Young Children, Florida Family Child Care Home Association and the Redlands Christian Migrant Association realize a strong and vibrant early learning system serves as the foundation of our education system.

-- Posted 10.21.2011
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Registered Family Day Care Home Online Application

-- Posted 10.21.2011
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Online Religious Exemption from Licensure Annual Statement Form

-- Posted 10.21.2011
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VPK Draft Rule Revisions for State Board Rules

-- Posted 10.12.2011
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Food Manager Certification and Food Safety Training

-- Posted 09.02.2011
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Hurricane Preparedness Tips

-- Posted 08.26.2011
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Count Me In: Resources for Early Childhood Inclusion

-- Posted 07.25.2011
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DCF Summer 2011 Information Packet

-- Posted 07.21.2011
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Important Background Screening Notice

-- Posted 07.15.2011
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New Online Training Now Available

-- Posted 07.01.2011
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Safer Cribs For Babies Available Starting Today

-- Posted 06.28.2011
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2011 One Goal Summer Conference

-- Posted 06.28.2011
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Tips on Keeping Your Child Safe in the Summer Heat

-- Posted 06.16.2011
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The New Crib Standard: Questions & Answers

-- Posted 06.16.2011
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Statewide and Regional News

-- Posted 05.06.2011
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Licensure Survey

-- Posted 04.28.2011
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Expanding Opportunities for Children Birth to Five

-- Posted 04.26.2011
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Emergency Preparedness for Child Care Providers

-- Posted 04.26.2011
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Important News from the EPA about Lead-Safe Certification

-- Posted 04.21.2011
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Child Care Providers: Your Guide to New Crib Standards

-- Posted 04.12.2011
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DCF Spring 2011 Information Packet

-- Posted 04.06.2011
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Change Alert to the Way You Access Your Child Care Training Transcript

-- Posted 03.31.2011
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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Alert!

-- Posted 02.08.2011
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Click the Important Updates: Immunization Guidelines section header below to view information.

Important Updates: Immunization Guidelines;
New Functions for Florida SHOTS and DH 680 Changes

Immunization Guidelines

Substantive Updates


  • Effective school year 2011/2012: A fifth dose of poliovirus vaccine is required if the fourth dose was administered prior to the fourth birthday.
  • The Certification of Immunization (DH Form 680) has been updated to provide a space to document a fifth dose of poliovirus vaccine as needed.

New Functions in Florida SHOTS and DH 680 Changes

Form Availability

DH 680 Parent Retrieval

-- Posted 02.04.2011
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-- Posted 01.05.2011
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