Board Governing Law

Each early learning coalition shall be composed of at least 18 members but not more than 35 members. The Agency for Workforce Innovation shall adopt standards establishing within this range the minimum and maximum number of members that may be appointed to an early learning coalition. These standards must include variations for a coalition serving a multicounty region.

Each early learning coalition must comply with these standards:

The Governor shall appoint the chair and two other members of each early learning coalition, who must each meet the same qualifications as private-sector business members appointed by the coalition.

Each early learning coalition must include the following members:

a. A Department of Children and Family Services district administrator or his or her designee who is authorized to make decisions on behalf of the department.

b. A district superintendent of schools or his or her designee who is authorized to make decisions on behalf of the district, who shall be a nonvoting member.

c. A regional workforce board executive director or his or her designee.

d. A county health department director or his or her designee.

e. A children’s services council or juvenile welfare board chair or executive director, if applicable, who shall be a nonvoting member if the council or board is the fiscal agent of the coalition or if the council or board contracts with and receives funds from the coalition.

f. An agency head of a local licensing agency as defined in s. 402.302, where applicable.

g. A president of a community college or his or her designee.

h. One member appointed by a board of county commissioners.

i. A central agency administrator, where applicable, who shall be a nonvoting member.

j. A Head Start director, who shall be a nonvoting member.

k. A representative of private child care providers, including family day care homes, who shall be a nonvoting member.

l. A representative of faith-based child care providers, who shall be a nonvoting member.

m. A representative of programs for children with disabilities under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, who shall be a nonvoting member.

Including the members appointed by the Governor, more than one-third of the members of each early learning coalition must be private-sector business members who do not have, and none of whose relatives as defined in s. 112.3143 has, a substantial financial interest in the design or delivery of the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program created under part V of chapter 1002 or the coalition’s school readiness program. To meet this requirement an early learning a coalition must appoint additional members from a list of nominees submitted to the coalition by a chamber of commerce or economic development council within the geographic region served by the coalition. The Agency for Workforce Innovation shall establish criteria for appointing private-sector business members. These criteria must include standards for determining whether a member or relative has a substantial financial interest in the design or delivery of the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program or the coalition’s school readiness program.

A majority of the voting membership of an early learning coalition constitutes a quorum required to conduct the business of the coalition.

A voting member of an early learning coalition may not appoint a designee to act in his or her place, except as otherwise provided in this paragraph. A voting member may send a representative to coalition meetings, but that representative does not have voting privileges. When a district administrator for the Department of Children and Family Services appoints a designee to an early learning coalition, the designee is the voting member of the coalition, and any individual attending in the designee’s place, including the district administrator does not have voting privileges.

Each member of an early learning coalition is subject to ss. 112.313, 112.3135, and 112.3143. For purposes of s.112.3143(3)(a), each voting member is a local public officer who must abstain from voting when a voting conflict exists.

For purposes of tort liability, each member or employee of an early learning coalition shall be governed by s.768.28.

An early learning coalition serving a multicounty region must include representation from each county.

Each early learning coalition shall establish terms for all appointed members of the coalition. The terms must be staggered and must be a uniform length that does not exceed 4 years per term. Appointed members may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. When a vacancy occurs in an appointed position, the coalition must advertise the vacancy.