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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:

  • 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, services are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You will receive a notice by e-mail when it is time to update your information. Once funding becomes available, you’ll receive notice to log into your account and complete the eligibility process. This guide (en español) will identify what documents you will need to complete the process and offers screenshots to help you along the way.

Managing Your Child Care Services

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

  • Renew your eligibility
  • Complete the eligibility process
  • Electronically Sign Your File
  • View your Parent Fee and service end date

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

Need Help Finding Quality Childcare? Click HERE to request a listing and information to help you with your search.

Click HERE to request a provider transfer.

Click HERE to request your file be transferred to another county.

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.

Childcare Assistance for School Age Children

The Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia prioritizes care for children, birth, up to age nine.

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, quality improvement, support and activities, for children 0 – 8.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us: childcare@elcfv.org or  386-323-2400.