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Strategy Name Strategy Type(s) Year Funding Amount Funding Source Features at a Glance
Early Childhood Educator INCENTIVE$
Early Childhood Educator INCENTIVE$ Florida provides supplemental pay to early childhood educators based on their education level and commitment to their early education program. INCENTIVE$ is designed to retain early childhood educators and support their professional development; in turn, this creates a more stable workforce with the skills needed to support young children's healthy learning and development. Bonuses range from $450 to $5,000 per educator per year, with an average payment of $2,472. Amounts increase as educators obtain more formal education, and educators must remain in their early education program for at least six months to qualify for an award. According to the INCENTIVE$ program, "data show that INCENTIVE$ participants who continuously increase their education levels are more likely to remain with their employer. Data also show the turnover rate among participants is only 10% annually, compared to the national average of 30-40% each year." This program is part of the national Child Care WAGE$ project and is currently available in select counties across the state. Learn More: Florida Early Childhood Educator INCENTIVE$ Sources: Children's Forum. (n.d.). Early Childhood Educator INCENTIVE$. Children's Forum. (2022). Early Learning & Afterschool Career Pathways.
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    • Bonuses and Supplemental Pay
      • Professional Learning
      $450 to $5,000 per educator per year, with an average supplement of $2,472
      Early Childhood Educator INCENTIVE$ Florida provides supplemental pay to early childhood educators based on their education level and commitment to their early education program. INCENTIVE$ is designed to retain early childhood educators and support their professional development; in turn, this creates a more stable workforce with the skills needed to support young children's healthy learning and development. Bonuses range from $450 to $5,000 per educator per year, with an average payment of $2,472. Amounts increase as educators obtain more formal education, and educators must remain in their early education program for at least six months to qualify for an award. According to the INCENTIVE$ program, "data show that INCENTIVE$ participants who continuously increase their education levels are more likely to remain with their employer. Data also show the turnover rate among participants is only 10% annually, compared to the national average of 30-40% each year." This program is part of the national Child Care WAGE$ project and is currently available in select counties across the state. Learn More: Florida Early Childhood Educator INCENTIVE$ Sources: Children's Forum. (n.d.). Early Childhood Educator INCENTIVE$. Children's Forum. (2022). Early Learning & Afterschool Career Pathways.
      Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program (VPK)
      In 2005, Florida launched a state-funded program, the Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK), which offers funded preschool access for all 4-year-olds in the state. As of 2022, the program served 68% of the state’s 4-year-olds. Learn More: Florida Division of Early Learning Sources: Florida Division of Early Learning. (n.d.). Types of VPK ProgramsNational Institute for Early Education Research. (2021). Florida
      • Expansion
        2005 $410 million in FY23
        Percentage of 4-year-olds enrolled (as of 2022): 68% Percentage of 3-year-olds enrolled (as of 2021): 0% Hours of operation: Locally determined
        In 2005, Florida launched a state-funded program, the Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK), which offers funded preschool access for all 4-year-olds in the state. As of 2022, the program served 68% of the state’s 4-year-olds. Learn More: Florida Division of Early Learning Sources: Florida Division of Early Learning. (n.d.). Types of VPK ProgramsNational Institute for Early Education Research. (2021). Florida
        Miami-Dade County Property Tax Referendum
        In 2002 and again in 2008, voters in Miami-Dade County approved a referendum to increase property taxes to pay for the operation of the Children’s Trust, a local government entity that allocates funds for child care and early learning programs in the county. The property tax increases by $.50 for every $1,000 of assessed property value. About $100 million in revenue is raised annually through this funding stream, which is dedicated to the operation of the Children’s Trust in Miami-Dade County.  In FY 2023-24, the Children’s Trust allocated grants totaling $43,411,017 to sites across the county working to champion early childhood development. These organizations undertake child care quality improvement efforts, increase early care and education slots across the county, conduct research on child care’s impact on the community, and boost early intervention services. The Children’s Trust exists in perpetuity.  LEARN MORE: Miami-Dade Property Tax Referendum Sources: North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation. (n.d.) County of Miami Dade. EditSign The Children's Trust. (2022). 2021-2022 Annual Report. The Children's Trust. (2022). The Children's Trust Funded Programs and Sites FY 2020-2021.
        • Dedicated Funding Streams & Financing
          • Taxes
            • Property Tax
          2002 About $100 million in revenue is raised annually
          County Dedicated Funding Stream
          About $100 million in revenue is raised annually, which is dedicated to the operation of the Children’s Trust in Miami-Dade County
          In 2002 and again in 2008, voters in Miami-Dade County approved a referendum to increase property taxes to pay for the operation of the Children’s Trust, a local government entity that allocates funds for child care and early learning programs in the county. The property tax increases by $.50 for every $1,000 of assessed property value. About $100 million in revenue is raised annually through this funding stream, which is dedicated to the operation of the Children’s Trust in Miami-Dade County.  In FY 2023-24, the Children’s Trust allocated grants totaling $43,411,017 to sites across the county working to champion early childhood development. These organizations undertake child care quality improvement efforts, increase early care and education slots across the county, conduct research on child care’s impact on the community, and boost early intervention services. The Children’s Trust exists in perpetuity.  LEARN MORE: Miami-Dade Property Tax Referendum Sources: North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation. (n.d.) County of Miami Dade. EditSign The Children's Trust. (2022). 2021-2022 Annual Report. The Children's Trust. (2022). The Children's Trust Funded Programs and Sites FY 2020-2021.
          Promise Institute
          In 2020, the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, a collaboration between Pasco County and Hernando County, funded and launched the Promise Institute, a educational training platform that provides comprehensive training and educational resources for early childhood educators. The Promise Institute also includes programs such as Nemours Brightstart for Early Literacy Success which aims to improve reading readiness by offering an effective instructional curriculum for parents and educators and START Initiative which aims to provide tools and strategies for relationship-based parenting for families. In 2023, the Early Learning Coalition expanded the Promise Institute to include a new Family Education training platform for parents and caregivers. This strategy represents a collaboration between Pasco County and Hernando County. It is cross-listed under Hernando County here. Sources: Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando. (n.d.). The Promise Institute.  
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            • Professional Learning
            2020
            Educational training platform provides comprehensive training and educational resources for early childhood educators
            In 2020, the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, a collaboration between Pasco County and Hernando County, funded and launched the Promise Institute, a educational training platform that provides comprehensive training and educational resources for early childhood educators. The Promise Institute also includes programs such as Nemours Brightstart for Early Literacy Success which aims to improve reading readiness by offering an effective instructional curriculum for parents and educators and START Initiative which aims to provide tools and strategies for relationship-based parenting for families. In 2023, the Early Learning Coalition expanded the Promise Institute to include a new Family Education training platform for parents and caregivers. This strategy represents a collaboration between Pasco County and Hernando County. It is cross-listed under Hernando County here. Sources: Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando. (n.d.). The Promise Institute.  
            Promise Institute
            In 2020, the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, a collaboration between Pasco County and Hernando County, funded and launched the Promise Institute, a educational training platform that provides comprehensive training and educational resources for early childhood educators. The Promise Institute also includes programs such as Nemours Brightstart for Early Literacy Success which aims to improve reading readiness by offering an effective instructional curriculum for parents and educators and START Initiative which aims to provide tools and strategies for relationship-based parenting for families. In 2023, the Early Learning Coalition expanded the Promise Institute to include a new Family Education training platform for parents and caregivers. This strategy represents a collaboration between Pasco County and Hernando County. It is cross-listed under Pasco County here. Sources: Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando. (n.d.). The Promise Institute.  
            • Workforce
              • Professional Learning
              2020
              Educational training platform provides comprehensive training and educational resources for early childhood educators
              In 2020, the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, a collaboration between Pasco County and Hernando County, funded and launched the Promise Institute, a educational training platform that provides comprehensive training and educational resources for early childhood educators. The Promise Institute also includes programs such as Nemours Brightstart for Early Literacy Success which aims to improve reading readiness by offering an effective instructional curriculum for parents and educators and START Initiative which aims to provide tools and strategies for relationship-based parenting for families. In 2023, the Early Learning Coalition expanded the Promise Institute to include a new Family Education training platform for parents and caregivers. This strategy represents a collaboration between Pasco County and Hernando County. It is cross-listed under Pasco County here. Sources: Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando. (n.d.). The Promise Institute.  
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              Demographics Data Scorecard

              State population

              22,244,823 Source U.S. Census, 2022

              Rural %

              8.5% Source U.S. Census, 2020

              Urban %

              91.5% Source U.S. Census, 2020

              Number of children 0–4

              1,103,794 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

              Poverty levels - children 0—8 below 200% poverty

              42% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

              Median family income among households with children

              $71,300.00 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

              Unemployment rate

              2.5% Source

              Unemployment rate of parents

              4% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

              Children under age 6 with all available parents in the labor force

              68% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

              Children living in households with a high housing cost burden

              36% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

              Child Population by Race and Ethnicity Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

              Race and Ethnicity

              • American Indian and Alaska Native (.5%)
              • Asian (3%)
              • Black or African American (20%)
              • Hispanic or Latino (32%)
              • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander (.5%)
              • Two or more races (4%)
              • White, not Hispanic or Latino (42%)
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              Early Childhood Education Programs

              Public Pre-K Program Name Program Length:  Half-day; 540 hours/school year; minimum 3 hours/day

              Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program (VPK) Source: NIEER 2023

              Universal or Targeted Pre-K Policy State Spending Per Child (Pre-K):  $3,142

              Universal Pre-K Policy (4-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

              Early Childhood Education Programs (3-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

              Programs

              • Percent of 3-Year-Old Children Enrolled in Public Early Childhood Education Programs (0%)
              • 3-Year-old Children Enrolled in Head Start (7%)
              • Other/None (93%)

              Early Childhood Education Programs (4-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

              Programs

              • Percent of 4-Year-Old Children Enrolled in Public Early Childhood Education Programs (67%)
              • 4-Year-old Children Enrolled in Head Start (7%)
              • Other/None (26%)

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              2017–2019 Median Hourly Wages Source CSCCE 2018, 2020

              Role

              • Child Care Workers
                $10.55 (2017, adjusted)
                $10.87 (2019)
              • Preschool Teachers
                $12.24 (2017, adjusted)
                $12.07 (2019)
              • Preschool or Child Care Center Directors
                $23.94 (2017, adjusted)
                $20.65 (2019)

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              Federal and State Early Childhood Education Funding (in Millions) Source First Five Years Fund, 2022

              Funding Source

              • Head Start and Early Head Start Funding ($416.0)
              • CCDBG & Mandatory Funds ($495.7)
              • CCDBG State Match ($44.7)
              • CCDBG COVID Relief Allocations - CARES, CRRSE, ARPA (CCDF & Stabilization) ($3300)
              • State-Funded Pre-K ($302.5)
              • MIECHV ($9.2)
              • IDEA Part C ($38.1)
              • IDEA Part B, Sec 619 ($29.4)
              • TANF Early Learning and Care ($341.2)
              • Preschool Development Grant Birth ($17.4)