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School Readiness

The Florida School Readiness Program offers financial assistance for early education and care to low-income families. The goal for this financial assistance is to encourage and aid families in becoming financially self-sufficient so their young children can be successful.

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In general, there are three specific eligibility requirements:

  • Parent(s) or guardian(s) must be working or going to school at least 20 hours per week.
  • Gross income must be at or below 150% of the federal poverty for family size. Click Here to view the current federal income guidelines.
  • Families must pay a co-payment for child care. This fee is based on income and family size.
  • There may also be additional fees charged by the child care provider.

There are multiple pathways into childcare assistance. Please contact us today to find out what funding seat you may qualify for based on your current circumstances.

It is very important for you to select a child care provider and gather all necessary documents for a successful interview.

Applying for Child Care Assistance

This state funded program requires customers to be working or attending school 20 hrs weekly. Applying for child care assistance is a two part process. Once your application and documents are received, we will e-mail you regarding the status of your application.

Complete the child care assistance application for the school readiness program by clicking here.


Important Documents to View/Print:

  • Document Checklist: Use this list to be prepared for a successful School Readiness appointment.
  • Document Checklist En Espanol: Use esta lista para estar preparado para una cita exitosa de School Readiness.
  • Income Guidelines: Reference guide to see if you qualify based on income and family size. To enter into the program, families’ total income must be at or below 150% of the poverty level.
  • A list of child care providers can be requested by clicking here.
  • Consumer Statement: Increases education about health and safety and childcare quality indicators.

After You Apply

To be fair to all families, our services are available on a first-come, first-served basis. As a result, you may be placed on a waiting list due to limited resources. Please update your information every 6 months to keep your application active.

Managing Your Child Care Services

Please login to your existing Family Portal account to manage your child care services including

  • Renew your eligibility
  • Report a change in your situation
  • Request a provider transfer

E-mail childcare@elcfv.org with any questions.

If you disagree with a decision we have made, you may submit a due process form within 14 days of the decision.

Click HERE to view our parent fee worksheet that will assist you in calculating what your parent fee will be for childcare services.

Before and after school care for school aged children

The Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia prioritizes care for children birth to five. Care for school age children is provided based on funding availability. There is currently no funding in Flagler and Volusia to serve new school aged children from economically disadvantaged working families, as defined in Chapter 1002.87, Florida Statutes.

Under Florida law, families with school aged children younger than 13 can still register the children on the waiting list, but priority is given to services and quality improvement supports and activities for children 0 – 5.

If you require assistance, please contact us at 386-323-2400.