Mimi's is Apple and DCF State of Florida Gold Seal Accredited
Gold Seal Quality Care Program
The DCF Child Care Program Office is responsible for approving accrediting agencies for participation in the Gold Seal Quality Care Program. These accrediting agencies must meet or exceed the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards, the standards of the National Association of Family Child Care, or the standards of the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation Commission.
The Gold Seal Quality Care Program does not contain a set of independent standards; rather, it is a level of care that exceeds the minimum licensing standards by meeting the higher standards set by the approved accrediting agencies. The Child Care Program Office is tasked with ensuring that the accrediting agencies approved for participation are of sufficient variety to meet the needs of all child care providers. (i.e., faith-based, school-age, Montessori, school-based, private, etc.).
The Gold Seal Quality Care Program does not contain a set of independent standards. Rather, it is a level of care that exceeds the minimum child care licensing standards established by the Florida Statutes ( F.S. ) and the Florida Administrative Code ( F.A.C ) by meeting the higher standards of the approved accrediting agencies. Child care providers who are accredited by one or more of the approved agencies, are issued a Gold Seal certificate by the Child Care Program Office recognizing their achievement.
The Gold Seal Quality Care Program is a voluntary program with benefits of participation including, but not limited to: a positive marketing tool for parents, sales tax exemption, and an increased reimbursement rate for children participating in school readiness programs. In addition, designation as a Gold Seal Quality Care Program satisfies the program eligibility requirement for participation in the Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) program.
APPLE (Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment) is an early learning program accreditation.
With over 600 accredited programs and many more engaged in the process, APPLE is ‘Solid to the Core’ In Florida, APPLE is accepted into the Gold Seal of Quality program.
(Personal Learning Scholarship Account/PLSA) Special Needs Scholarship
The Personal Learning Scholarships Accounts (PLSA) Program is a newly created program administered by state-approved nonprofit Scholarship Funding Organizations that is designed to provide the option for a parent to better meet the individual educational needs of his or her eligible child.