This section of the website is designed for Early Care and Education programs that receive OECE funding.
Preschool Limited Term Open Enrollment for ELS Vouchers
Effective from December 6, 2017 through February 6, 2018, all subsidy eligible academic three- and four- year olds may be immediately enrolled in an Early Learning Scholarship (ELS) qualified program with openings through an ELS Voucher, regardless of the family’s enrollment status on SF3C (subject to funding availability). This is a one-time limited term program to facilitate the immediate enrollment of subsidy eligible academic three- and four- year olds, regardless of SF3C status (e.g., walk-ins not on SF3C may be enrolled), and to capitalize on relationships that programs may have directly with subsidy eligible children and families.
All children enrolled through this one-time limited term enrollment process can remain in the program until the child reaches Kindergarten. Eligibility requirements, as stated in the latest (11.20.17 update) Early Learning Scholarship and Preschool for All Program Operating Guidelines (Fiscal Year 2017-2018), must still be met.
OECE Operating Guidelines
The Operating Guidelines describe policies and procedures of the ELS-PFA funding programs such as payments, reporting, programmatic requirements etc.
Early Learning Scholarship and Preschool For All Operating Guidelines ENGLISH (November 20, 2017 version)
Early Learning Scholarship and Preschool For All Operating Guidelines SPANISH (November 20, 2017 version)
Early Learning Scholarship and Preschool For All Operating Guidelines CHINESE (November 20, 2017 version)
ELS Family Fee Schedule
Families qualified for Early Learning Scholarships must pay the Family Fee based on their income and family size, according to the ELS Family Fee Schedule. Families pay the Family Fee directly to their provider and that amount is deducted from the payment that OECE makes to the provider. If there is more than one child in the family, the Family Fee will be applied to the child with the largest amount of approved child care hours/need. Click HERE for the Family Fee Schedule
OECE Required Forms for Parents/Guardians
All ELS programs must obtain a completed Data Acknowledgement form for each participating child. For Providers with only Preschool for All funding from OECE, only parents/guardians of PFA-funded children need to complete the form.
Family Agreement Form for Children supported by ELS Gap on Head Start/Early Head Start: English, Spanish, Chinese (coming soon)
Parent/guardian of each OECE-funded child must complete the appropriate family agreement form depending on the type of funding supporting the child. If you have questions about which form to use for each child, please contact your OECE point of contact.
ELS Bridge Application Form: English (Spanish and Chinese coming soon). This is a form for ELS programs to complete for a family who is losing state or federal funding for their ECE program, and would like to apply for OECE funding.
Increase your chances of serving ELS Voucher children by reporting your vacancies:
Click HERE to report your vacancies to SF3C. This data will be used to help ELS Voucher families identify ELS programs with openings.
Individualized Child Care Subsidy Program (aka “SF Pilot”)
SF Pilot Program Handbook (April 20, 2017 version) Note: This is for providers who receive California Department of Education Funding
For SF Pilot Eligibility and Enrollment Forms click HERE
OECE Logo Kit :
- Click here to download a large size logo
- Click here to download a medium size logo
- Click here to download a small size logo