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School Readiness

Overview

School Readiness is a program raising the bar for early childhood education in Florida. More than 7,500 providers all over the state contract with local coalitions to provide quality care for at-risk and low-income children.

Key Benefits

There are many benefits to becoming a contracted provider with us. A few of our favorites include:

  • Free technical assistance
  • Coaching and training for you and your teachers
  • Free quality initiatives, including supporting materials
  • Behavioral/Developmental support coaching

And so much more…

How does payment work?

You will receive monthly payment for your services based on enrollment and attendance from two sources: The family and us.

Payment from Us

We pay the subsidized amount of child care directly to you (the provider). Beginning July 1, 2019, the exact rate per child is determined by the age of the child and your CLASS® score. Don’t worry, we provide coaching to help you improve your CLASS® score once you begin your contract. To learn more about what is measured during an evaluation, go to our page about CLASS® or visit their website.

Payment from Families

We believe in offering help to families who are making strides to help themselves. This program is not free for families, and each of them is responsible for paying their provider a Parent Fee. This is a small portion of your overall rate.
If you wish, you have the right to charge a “differential” to the family, in addition to the Parent Fee. This can be as much as the difference between your regular rate and our rate.


Become a School Readiness Provider

Get started today! Learn more about this opportunity by viewing the School Readiness Orientation.

Have more questions?

Contact us at 386-323-2400.


School Readiness Requirements

There are some basic requirements to be a School Readiness provider. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

*Please contact Christy West for more detailed information.


Safe Sleep

Child Care Providers, Please Help Save Babies’ Lives!

A total of 2,036 Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) deaths occurred in 2010*. Statistics show that many babies die during the first week of child care when safe sleep practices are not followed.

In order to help prevent these deaths, Child Care Providers must work with families to keep babies safe by placing them in their cribs, on their backs, every time they are put down to sleep.

To view a brief presentation on safe sleep practices, click here.

To request educational materials on safe sleep, contact C.J. Foundation for SIDS, at www.cjsids.org.

Please click here to complete a brief survey about the safe sleep presentation.

 

*Data Source: Final Data for 2010. National Vital Statistics Report, Deaths: Vol. 61, No. 4, May 8, 2013. Hyattsville, Maryland: National Center for Health Statistics