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Archived What's New Articles - 2012

Office of Early Learning Proposed Rules Notice

-- Posted 10.22.2012
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Public Hearings for Proposed Rule Changes - Rescheduled

  • Food service
  • Indoor square footage
  • Background screening
  • Fire safety/emergency preparedness
  • Planned activities
  • Crib safety
  • In-service training
  • After-school programs that do not require licensure by the Department.

-- Posted 10.17.2012
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Florida Office of Early Learning Upcoming Rule Making Activities

Public Hearing - 7/20, 1:00 p.m.
Draft Rules Draft Forms
6M-8.201, F.A.C., VPK Child Registration Procedures; Application Form OEL-VPK 01 VPK Student Application
Form OEL-VPK 21 VPK Addendum to the Statewide Provider Agreement
6M-8.2011, F.A.C., VPK Parent Guide Form OEL-VPK 06 VPK Parent Guide
6M-4.700, F.A.C., Child Performance Standards Form OEL-SR 30 Florida Early Learning and Development Standards: Birth to Five
6M-4.710, F.A.C., Screening of Children in the SR Program
6M-4.720, F.A.C., SR Program Curricula Form OEL-SR 31 SR Curriculum Rubric Form OEL-SR 32 SR Curriculum Reviewer Application
Public Hearing - 7/27, 1:00 p.m.
Draft Rules Draft Forms
6M-4.610, F.A.C., Statewide Provider Contract for the SR Program Form OEL-SR 20 Statewide SR Provider Contract

-- Posted 07.23.2012
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Is your pool safe for children?

-- Posted 07.03.2012
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-- Posted 06.21.2012
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How do you think we can improve? We want to hear from you!

And now we want to hear from you.

-- Posted 06.21.2012
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Leon County CPR Event - Press the Chest 2012

-- Posted 06.07.2012
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Hurricane Season - June 1

-- Posted 05.29.2012
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Summer BreakSpot - School's Out. Free Meals Are In!

-- Posted 05.23.2012
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Ten Summer Safety Tips

-- Posted 05.22.2012
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Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) New Crib Standards

  • Traditional drop-side cribs cannot be made or sold; immobilizers and repair kits are not allowed;
  • Wood slats must be made of stronger woods to prevent breakage;
  • Crib hardware must have anti-loosening devices to keep it from coming loose or falling off;
  • Mattress supports must be more durable; and
  • Safety testing must become more rigorous.

Compliance with these new standards cannot be determined by looking at the product. If a crib was purchased before June 28, 2011, CPSC recommends verifying the crib meets the standards by asking for proof, such as asking the manufacturer, retailer, importer, or distributor to show a Certificate of Compliance. The document must:

  • Describe the product;
  • Give the name, full mailing address, and telephone number of the importer or domestic manufacturer;
  • Identify the rule with which it complies ( 16 CFR 1219 or 1220 );
  • Give the name, full mailing address, email address, and telephone number for the records keeper and location of the testing lab; and
  • Give the date and location of manufacture and testing.

When purchasing new cribs that meet the standards, it is important to ask the manufacturer or retailer whether the crib complies with 16 CFR 1219 (the new standard for full-size cribs) or 16 CFR 1220 (the new standard for non-full-size cribs). Manufacturers are required to test samples of their cribs to the new standards and to certify that they comply with the new standards. They must provide this certification to the retailer.

Early Head Start programs cannot resell, donate, or give away a crib that does not meet the new crib standards. Older non-compliant cribs must be disposed in a manner that prevents these cribs from being reassembled and used.

-- Posted 04.24.2012
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Celebrate Summer Learning Day - Thursday, June 21, 2012!

  • Maintain and advance participants' academic and developmental growth
  • Support working families
  • Keep children safe and healthy
  • Send young people back to school ready to learn

-- Posted 04.19.2012
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The Importance of Summer Learning

-- Posted 04.17.2012
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2012 Safe Kids Worldwide Hyperthermia Campaign

-- Posted 04.09.2012
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New Developments for NRC Kids

The NRC spinoff publication, "Safe Sleep Practices and SIDS/Suffocation Risk Reduction" is available for free on their web site. They have culled Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition for all of the standards that impact safe sleep, and gathered them in one place for your convenience.

Among the important issues addressed are:

  • Safe Sleep Practices
  • Safe Sleep Environment
  • Education on Safe Sleep and Reducing the Risk of SIDS
  • Safe Sleep Policies and Information

-- Posted 03.05.2012
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Selecting Summer Care Checklist

-- Posted 02.28.2012
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Important Background Screening Notice

-- Posted 02.24.2012
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WCTV (Tallahassee) - Daycare Decisions

-- Posted 02.22.2012
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Child Care Services Survey Results

-- Posted 02.16.2012
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FFCCHA 2012 Conference

-- Posted 02.13.2012
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Florida's Office of Early Learning Proposed Rule Changes

6M-4.600: Child Performance Standards
6M-4.710: School Readiness Program Curricula
6M-4.720: Screening of Children in the School Readiness Program
6M-4.730: Assessment of Children in the School Readiness Program
6M-8.500: VPK Specialized Instructional Services
6M-9.115: School Readiness Plan Requirements

A rule workshop for the first five (5) rules in the above list will be held on Friday, February 17, 2012, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Florida's Office of Early Learning, Lottery Building, 2nd floor, Powerball Room, 250 Marriott Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32301, and via WebEx.

Another rule workshop devoted solely to the School Readiness Plan Requirements draft rule and forms will be held on Friday, February 24, 2012, at the same time and location. Proposed rule language and forms for the School Readiness Plan requirements will be posted to the website next week. You may wish to bookmark their rulemaking webpage for future reference. This is where they post notices, proposed rule language, draft forms, WebEx information, agenda, and comment cards.

-- Posted 02.09.2012
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Additional Public Workshop Dates Announced

Workshop 1:      Workshop 2:
February 29, 2012, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.      March 2, 2012, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Roberts Building      Joseph P. D'Alessandro Office Complex
5920 Arlington Expressway      2295 Victoria Avenue, Room 165D
Jacksonville, FL 32231      Fort Myers, FL 33901

-- Posted 01.20.2012
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Florida Tax Credit Scholarship

-- Posted 01.17.2012
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