Florida’s HEROs ECE Recognition is a voluntary recognition program. It is open to all early care and education centers in Florida that are licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families. This program recognizes ECE centers for integrating the following best practices:
- Provide Healthy Food
- Offer Healthy Beverages
- Support Breastfeeding
- Increase Physical Activity
- Limit Screen Time
ECE providers play a vital role in the development of our state’s children. The goal of the recognition is for ECE providers to take proactive, voluntary steps to improve their program’s practices and policies related to encouraging healthy behaviors among the children and families they serve. Implementation of best practices in the ECE setting will pave the way for healthy lifestyle choices in youth that continues into their adulthood. Join early care and education (ECE) providers across Florida in the movement to integrate best practices focused on physical activity and nutrition into their programs.
If you are the director or provider at a Florida ECE program, we want to support you on your journey towards providing a healthier environment for the children and families you serve. We work with stakeholders across the state to provide free technical assistance and trainings that will prepare your program to apply for the recognition.
- Be a Florida licensed/registered early care and education (ECE) program: center-based (to include multi-site programs), family child care homes and early head start/head start programs (to include grantees with multiple site locations).
- ECE program director must complete required trainings.
- The recognition application must be completed in its entirety.
Recognition Program Incentives
Frequently Asked Questions
Implementing best practices helps to create a healthier environment for the children your facility serves. All centers that apply for the recognition program will have access to free trainings that provide continuing education units. Recognized centers can choose different awards including a Kaplan monetary incentive, conference registration fees, training fees, etc. Recognized centers will also receive marketing materials to display at their center. Also, we will feature all recognized centers on the FLECEAWARD.org website.
If you are applying as a center that has multiple locations, only one application that lists all locations is required. All site locations must meet the criteria you are applying for, and supporting documentation must be submitted for each site.
Early care and education centers must complete all sections of the application. If the application requirement does not relate to their center, centers should indicate this on the application.
Any licensed early care and education family home, large family home or center can apply for recognition.