Preschool


The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 encourages the use of Title I, Part A funds for preschool programs. Findings from research indicate that services may be most effective if focused on students in the earliest grades at schools that receive funds under this part. [NCLB Section 1112 Local Educational Agency Plans (c)(1)(F)]

Our Mission is …

to provide leadership, resources, and professional development in support of high-quality preschool settings and effective parenting.

Publications and Data | Other Preschool Programs | Resources | Contacts

Publications and Data

Federal Guidance

Technical Assistance Material

  • 2012-2013 Florida Technical Assistance Paper - Serving Preschool Children Under Title I, Part A (Coming Soon) (Coming Soon)

Fact Sheets

Data Reporting

  1. Title I, Part A Preschool
    • Date Element - Prekindergarten Program Participation. (PDF, 43KB) - Preschool children currently participating in preschool programs primarily funded by Title I, Part A.
    • Data Element - Course Number. (PDF, 46KB) - To report preschool children enrolled in preschool programs funded by Title I, Part A only/or blended with other funded preschool programs, specific course numbers need to be reported (List of applicable course numbers.
  2. Other
    • Database Manuals - To access the entire database manual developed by the Florida Department of Education.
    • Survey Dates (PDF, 27KB) - This document includes a list of the available state reporting periods.

Other Preschool Programs

Resources

Professional Development and Resources

Office of Early Learning
The Department of Education has issued a memorandum (PDF) regarding the availability of the Language and Vocabulary in the VPK Classroom course. As a result of a collaborative effort with the Department of Children and Families, this online course can be accessed and completed at the Department of Children and Families' website.

The Office of Early Learning has designed a Voluntary Prekindergarten Teacher Toolkit to support early learning in VPK classrooms. The information included in the folder aligns with the Florida VPK Education Standards and provides guidance that connects instructional needs with professional development.

Council for Professional Recognition
The Council for Professional Recognition administers the Child Development Associate Credential. The website provides some CDA preparation materials online as well as great lists of early childhood links.
Florida Parental Information and Resource Center (PIRC) at the University of South Florida
The Florida PIRC at USF significantly supports early childhood parent education. The Florida PIRC offers workshops available for parent groups and early childhood educators.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
NAEYC is an association dedicated to improving the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8. The NAEYC offers accreditation to both programs for young children and Associate, Bachelor and Graduate degree programs in early childhood education.
The McCormick Tribune Center for Early Childhood Leadership
The McCormick Tribune Center for Early Childhood Leadership is dedicated to enhancing the management skills, professional orientation, and leadership capacity of early childhood administrators.

Information for Families

Parents as Teachers
This section provides information and resources to help parents with teaching, mentoring and modeling, guiding, bonding, communicating, nurturing, building relationships, coping, and far more.
Helping Your Preschool Child
This booklet produced by USDE is for families and caregivers who want to help their preschool children to learn and to develop the skills necessary for success in school - and in life.
Florida Partnership for Family Involvement in Education
This website offers resources to assist families in the education of their children during the early childhood years.
pre[k]now
This website provides resources that show parents how they can take advantage of early learning opportunities at home and elsewhere outside of a pre-k classroom.

Contacts

Title I, Part A Preschool State Contact

Program Specialist Phone: (850) 245-9313
Fax: (850) 245-0697

Florida Department of Education
Bureau of Federal Educational Programs
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 348
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Office of Early Learning/Prekindergarten State Contact

TBD Executive Director

Phone: (850) 245-0445
Fax: (850) 245-5105

Florida Department of Education
Office of Early Learning/Prekindergarten
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 514
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400

District Contacts

District Program Contact Directory
This link provides a directory of district contacts and coordinators for various programs including Title I, Part A Preschool and Parent Involvement.