Need Help Paying for Child Care?
The average cost of full-time child care for one child is over $3,000 a year, consuming as much as 60% of parents' salaries and wages. Many families find it difficult to afford and must choose between working in our community or staying at home with their child(ren).
School readiness funds pay a portion of child care costs for low to moderate income earning families so that they may seek and maintain employment to support their families. Eligible families are assessed a fee on a sliding fee scale according to income.
The children in School Readiness programs are assisted through screenings, assessments, and developmentally-appropriate early learning programs to prepare them for school. School readiness programs serve children birth to eight and some school-age children receive services before and after school.
To determine if you are eligible for participation in the program, enter your information into the Family Portal.
Enrollment into the School Readiness program occurs when funding allows; otherwise, the Coalition maintains a wait list for services and families are enrolled when funding becomes available. For further information or questions, contact us at (727) 233-8291.
All parents enrolled in the School Readiness program must be determined eligible for services every six months. Some parents may require more frequent re-certifications depending on eligibility funding category.
Once enrolled in the program, parents are given a re-certification appointment and list of required documents to bring to the appointment. It is imperative that parents keep the re-certification appointment so that their enrollment in the program is not jeopardized.