Welcome to the Early Learning Performance Funding Project

Welcome to the School Readiness Program Assessment

Now in its fifth year, this project is designed to reward providers for achieving or maintaining a high level of quality as indicated by the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®.) Research conducted by the University of Florida’s Lastinger Center indicated a number of benefits to providers in the project such as improved teacher knowledge, implementation of effective teaching practices, improved teacher child interactions and an improved classroom climate all leading to a higher standard of care for children.

Providers selected to participate are assigned to levels of proficiency based on a composite score from prior CLASS® assessments.

Each level of proficiency has different support strategies designed to improve or maintain the quality of services provided to the children in care such as implementation of child assessments, professional development opportunities and the creation of a career pathway for practitioner. In addition, providers may receive technical assistance and coaching to help them realize their higher quality goals.

Providers receive a higher per child reimbursement when they demonstrate higher CLASS® scores and elect to implement child assessments.

The Florida legislature recently passed a bill (HB1091) that increases quality and accountability in the School Readiness program. School Readiness providers are required to have a program assessment using the CLASS® tool and to meet a threshold score in order to contract with their Early Learning Coalition for School Readiness services.

All School Readiness providers serving children birth to kindergarten entry must register for program assessment by completing the registration process. Begin the registration process by clicking the Get Started button below. Each provider is required to create an Instructor/Director Roster and a Classroom List as part of the registration process.

To assist School Readiness providers in understanding the CLASS® program assessment and learn ways to improve CLASS® scores, OEL is offering support by providing School Readiness providers and their instructors with several opportunities to learn more about the tool. We strongly encourage providers to take advantage of these resources. Contact your Early Learning Coalition for information on how to access the training opportunities.

Providers receive a higher per child reimbursement when they demonstrate higher CLASS® scores and elect to implement child assessments.

Please contact the Office of Early Learning if you need technical assistance:
PerformanceFunding@oel.myflorida.com or 855-890-3226