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School Readiness (SR) Program

School Readiness (SR) Program

The State of Florida's Office of Early Learning (FOEL) provides funding each year to the ELC for administration and implementation of the School Readiness Program. Child care partners are a key component to the successful implementation of this valuable program, which provides tuition assistance for child care and a variety of support services for families and child care providers.

What is the School Readiness Program?

The School Readiness program is a state and federally funded child care tuition assistance program that prepares children to become ready for school, assists families in becoming financially self-sufficient, and provides parents with information about child development and other topics of interest. Child care providers may choose to contract with the ELC to become a part of the Provider Network and participate in the School Readiness program.

Each year the ELC's Provider Network membership includes over 300 child care programs throughout the Big Bend Region. Providers include family child care homes, private child care centers, faith based programs, and public school programs. New providers are welcome to contract with the ELC if all requirements for participation are met.

If you are not currently a child care provider, contact the Department of Children and Families to determine what steps are necessary to become a child care provider.

Anyone seeking to open a child care program should click here and watch the Important Information about Opening a Child Care Facility.

How do providers become eligible to participate in the School Readiness Program?

If you are currently a child care provider and are licensed or registered through the Department of Children and Families, you are eligible to become a part of our School Readiness Provider Network. Informal, license or religious exempt providers, private schools, and public schools may also be eligible to become contracted School Readiness providers.

For more information or to begin the contracting process, please contact Rae Stacy at rstacy@elcbigbend.org or (850) 552-7337.

For more information about the School Readiness program, click here to visit the Office of Early Learning's website.

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