The School Readiness program provides childcare assistance to qualified families with financial assistance for childcare through a variety of services. The program provides parents with access to high quality early care and education while they are working to become financially self-sufficient. Parents are provided with information on child development, as well as parental engagement opportunities that incorporate parents as their child’s first teacher. Childcare services include extended-day, extended-year, and school age care to support parents in becoming financially self-sufficient.
Each school readiness program provides a developmental screening for children and referrals to specific health and educational specialists. These services work in cooperation with other programs for young children such as Head Start, Early Head Start, and the Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) program.
To learn about eligibility criteria for the School Readiness program and/or to access Child Care Resource and Referral services, please contact our Family Services staff at 321-637-1800. Florida’s Division of Early Learning Child Care Resource Referral Network can also provide assistance and can be contacted at 1-866-357-3239.
School Readiness childcare funding is available to eligible families to assist them in obtaining affordable, high quality child are. Children are eligible from birth through 12 years of age.
If you and your family meet the below eligibility criteria, you may qualify for childcare funding either through a referring agency or by applying to our wait list:
- Parents or guardians that receive cash assistance for the family or for the relative children
- Children under Protective Services or in foster care – regardless of income
- Children living in a low-income family where parent/guardian work or attend school at least 20 hours per week.
To apply for the School Readiness financial assistance program: CLICK HERE!
SCHOOL READINESS FACT SHEET
- List of items for Parent/Guardian to bring in for School Readiness Eligibility/Redetermination (PDF)
- List of items for Parent/Guardian to bring in for School Readiness Eligibility/Redetermination – Spanish (PDF)
School Readiness Program
Research has shown that early learning programs increase children’s chances of achieving future educational success and becoming productive members of society. These programs: are developmentally appropriate and research-based involve parents as their child’s first teacher serve as preventative measures for children at risk of future school failure enhance the educational readiness of children support family education Community programs integrate a seamless system of services and link to all domains of child development – physical health, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive development and communication skills.
The #1 reason a parent does not have a successful appointment is because they do not have the required documents. Click on the link below to be prepared for your appointment.