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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 participating in an educational activity 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, based on income and family size. There may also be additional fees billable 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 that you have selected a child care provider and that you gather all necessary documents needed for a successful interview.

Applying for Child Care Assistance

This state funded program requires customers to be working 20 hrs weekly or attending school. Applying for child care assistance is a two part process. Once your application and documents are received, we will communicate with you via e-mail regarding the status of your application. Because of our limited capacity, our waiting list is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please update your waiting list information every 6 months to keep your application active.

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.
  • 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.

Managing Your Child Care Services


Please logon to your existing Family Portal account to manage your child care services. You may renew, report a change, or request a provider transfer through your Family Portal Account.

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.

Before and after school care for school aged children

The Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia prioritizes care for children 0 – 5. Care for school age children is provided based on funding availability.  At the present time, there is no funding in Flagler and Volusia to serve new school aged children from working families that are economically disadvantaged, 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.