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Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - March 8, 2016
REVISED March 8, 2016 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #10


Subject
Amendment One to the Agreement for Non-Profit Agency Services with Early Learning Coalition

Briefings
None

Contact and/or Presenter Information

Cheri Coryea, Director, x 3468
Neighborhood Services

Andy Guyre, Human Services Division Manager, x 3493
Community Services



Action Requested
Authorization for County Administrator to execute Amendment One to the Agreement for Non-Profit Agency Services between Manatee County Government and Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County, Inc.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
F.S. 125

Background Discussion

An amendment to the FY2015/2016 funding agreement with Early Learning Coalition is needed at this time to align both county and state eligibility requirements for the subsidies requiring local matching funds.  The original funding agreement did not include the work/school exemption in alignment with the state eligibility requirements noted below.  This exemption makes parents of advanced age or with a permanent disability eligible for services if they are not working or going to school.  Without this amendment, Early Learning Coalition would be forced to disqualify and end child care services for families that otherwise qualify for a state subsidy and matching local funds.

County funding for child care subsidies, through the FY2015/2016 Agreement for Non-Profit Agency Services between Manatee County Government and Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County, Inc., is utilized as a local match of state funds from the Florida Office of Early Learning. 

The Florida Office of Early Learning (OEL) has specific eligibility guidelines for Income Eligible Families (also known as Working Families).  The subsidy categories, which involve Income Eligible Families (working families) and require a local match are:

  1. County Scholarship - children determined to be economically disadvantaged
  2. Child Care Purchasing Pool - children of low-income working parent(s)

The eligibility requirements for both of these subsidies include:

  1. Age restrictions for children:  Ages birth through 12 years; and
  2. Family income must not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Level; and
  3. Work/School requirements:
    • Parent must be employed 20+ hours per week; or
    • Parent must be attending school or training 20+ hours per week; or
    • Parents must have a combination of employment and school or training 20+ hours per week; or
    • Parent may be exempt from work/school requirements due to age or disability per F.S. 1002.81(16).

There is no change to the overall funding amount and no need to fund additional budget amounts.



County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other


Reviewing Attorney
N/A

Instructions to Board Records
Provide one original executed amendment to Allen Donahue, Community Services.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
$1,882,967 Children's Services Tax

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
n/a


Attachment:  Early Learning Coalition Amendment One.pdf