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School Readiness

The goal of the School Readiness Program  is to increase accessibility to high quality early education and care programs so that children in low income families can have the best early learning opportunities.

Providers receive payment for providing School Readiness services only if a School Readiness Contract has been executed between the provider and ELCFV and then only after a child receiving School Readiness funding has chosen to enroll in their program. Becoming a School Readiness provider does not guarantee enrollment; it is always up to each individual family to choose a provider.

Payment rates to providers (reimbursement) for School Readiness services vary greatly from child to child and depend on many factors including family income and age of the child. Providers that are contracted to participate in the School Readiness program are reimbursed monthly for service they provide to School Readiness funded children. Reimbursement is based on attendance records submitted monthly by the provider.

School Readiness providers are also responsible for collecting parent fees assigned to the family by ELCFV and for working with families and ELCFV to track eligibility status. Since providers have frequent face-to-face contact with families, they are important partners in the School Readiness eligibility process.

Providers interested in becoming a contracted provider of School Readiness Program services through the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler & Volusia Counties, Inc. can learn more about this opportunity by viewing the School Readiness Orientation, here.

SR Program Assessment Registration Information

The Florida legislature recently passed a bill (HB1091) that increases quality and accountability in the School Readiness program. School Readiness providers are required to have a program assessment using the CLASS® tool and to meet a threshold score in order to contract with their Early Learning Coalition for School Readiness services.

All School Readiness providers serving children birth to kindergarten entry must register for program assessment by completing the registration process. Begin the registration process by going to and select the “Get Started” button on the right. Each provider is required to create an Instructor/Director Roster and a Classroom List as part of the registration process. You will find a step-by-step registration tutorial here

To assist School Readiness providers in understanding the CLASS® program assessment and learn ways to improve CLASS® scores, OEL is offering support by providing School Readiness providers and their instructors with several opportunities to learn more about the tool. We strongly encourage providers to take advantage of these resources. Providers receive a higher per child reimbursement when they demonstrate higher CLASS® scores and elect to implement child assessments.

Contact Pam Mitchell at for information on how to access CLASS®  training opportunities.


Please visit the Department of Children and Families website for information about child care training and credentialing requirements.

 School Readiness Curricula

Legislation requires that Child Care Programs participating in the School Readiness (SR) Program select and implement approved curricula that meets the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for children birth to 5 years old for every age group served.  SR curricula are approved by Florida’s Office of Early Learning. The list of curricula approved for use in School Readiness Programs is available at the link below:


Character Development Programs

Legislation also requires that Child Care Programs participating in the SR Program select and implement an approved Character Development Program to develop basic values. Some SR curricula that are approved by Florida’s Office of Early Learning include a Character Development Program.  If curricula chosen by a program includes a Character Development Program it will be indicated on the listing and no additional program is needed.  If curricula selected by a program does not include a Character Development Program, one must be selected from those approved by the local coalition. The list of Character Development Programs approved by ELCFV for use in SR programs is available at the link below:

Safe Sleep


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

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