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Gold Seal Initiative Program


Broward County has initiated the Gold Seal Initiative Program to achieve excellence in quality child care throughout the County. This is a collaborative program between Broward County Child Care Licensing & Enforcement and the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Benefits of Becoming A Gold Seal Designated Quality Child Care Provider

  • A valuable marketing tool for parents
  • Sales Tax Exemption for qualified educational materials
  • Property Tax Exemption for qualified Child Care Providers
  • An increase reimbursement rate for children participating in School Readiness Programs
  • Satisfies one of the Program eligibility requirements for participation in the VPK Program
  • 10 percent Savings for Licensed / Registration Fees for qualified Providers in Broward County

Status of the Gold Seal Program

Total Gold Seal Child Care Providers: 

April 2019         - 180
October 2019   - 168
January 2020   - 169

How to Become a Gold Seal Designated Quality Child Care Provider

  • Step One: Become a Licensed or Registered Child Care Program.
  • Step Two: Select an approved Accrediting Agency that best meets the needs of your program from the authorized list
  • Step Three: Review the agency’s requirements and follow their procedures for accreditation.
  • Step Four: Once the Provider has achieved accreditation from the approved accrediting agency, submit the DCF Gold Seal Quality Care Application and supporting documentation.
  • Step Five: Upon approval, the DCF will award a Gold Seal Certificate directly to the Child Care Provider recognizing their achievement. Gold Seal Providers are updated continuously in the DCF CARES Public Database allowing parents to search for Gold Seal Providers.

How to Search for a Gold Seal Child Care Provider 

If you are a parent, child care provider, or are interested in exploring the status of Gold Seal Providers in Broward County, visit the Florida Department of Children and Families provider search database and enter the appropriate information.

Child Care Provider Resources

Contact information for a variety of child care provider resources available