Legislative & Rule Changes (School Readiness)


During the 2018 Legislative Session, the Florida Legislature passed House Bill (HB) 1091 reinforcing the importance of establishing a minimum quality service level of all School Readiness programs. Please review the list below for the specific changes, or click the links below for printable information.

Old Requirements
(prior to July 1, 2018)
New Requirements
(effective July 1, 2018)
School Readiness Provider Participation

Health and Safety Inspection only

  • Required of all licensed and license-exempt providers.
  • Inspections completed by DCF or the local licensing authority.

Health and Safety Inspection and Program Assessment

  • Program assessment required for providers serving children birth to kindergarten entry.
  • Other exemptions apply.
Program Assessment or Quality Measure
Optional, providers may receive a program assessment in local quality initiative such as:
  • Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS)
  • Early Learning Performance Funding Project

CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System) Observation and Score

  • Minimum quality thresholds must be met to be eligible for a School Readiness contract.
  • CLASS score determines differential payment level.
  • Provider may be placed on a Quality Improvement Plan if minimum quality scores are not achieved.
Quality Improvement Opportunities
  • Initiatives offered by early learning coalitions.
  • Early Learning Performance Funding Project participants select quality improvement strategies based on assigned participation tier.

Required for providers with a Quality Improvement Plan

  • Beginning in the 2019-2020 contract year.
  • Optional for all other providers.
Child Assessment

Voluntary to qualify for a payment differential




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