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Get Help Paying for Child Care (School Readiness)


Florida’s School Readiness (SR) Program provides financial assistance to families with children birth to five to offset the expense of child care programs and allow parents to work or attend school. Qualifying families pay a portion of child care costs based on the family’s income, household size, and other factors.

Is my family eligible for assistance?


You may be eligible for child care assistance if you meet the criteria below:

  • Are at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level and
  • Are employed at least 20 hours per week or a student taking at least 12 credit hours

Or

  • Are disabled

See household size and income level chart below for guidance.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Step 1 – Create an account on the Family Portal.

  • Step 2 – Apply to the SR Waitlist by completing an initial online application and uploading the required documents.

  • Step 3 – You will be notified by email when funding becomes available. This may take several weeks or months. Once you receive the email, you will complete and submit the online SR application.

  • Step 4 – You will be notified when your application is approved.

Once the initial SR application is approved, clients are placed on the SR Waitlist. Families move to the SR application phase based on funding availability, the priority group, and the date the SR Waitlist application was approved.

The Florida Legislature passed early learning legislation requiring coalitions to use the following eligibility priority criteria for families applying for school readiness services. Click here for a list of priority families.

  • Prepares young children to start kindergarten ready to learn
  • Helps working families afford quality early learning services
  • Keeps parents in the workforce and/or participating in educational/ training activities
  • Helps families become financially independent
  • Lessens educational disparities between children from low-income families and their peers

School Readiness reimburses providers a portion of their daily rate. Families are required to pay a reduced amount referred to as the parent fee and differential. Families are also responsible for transportation fees, field trips, etc. The chart below illustrates the daily school readiness payment amounts based on age group and provider type.

SR Reimbursement Rate

Your username is your email address. If you can’t remember your username, please contact the ELC of Duval at 904-208-2044. Do not create a new account because that will not link your current eligibility.

Please select “Forgot My Password” beneath the “Log On” button. Please keep your username and password in a safe location, as this will be the only way to make changes or re-certify your eligibility.

Families must report changes to their household within ten (10) days of the change. This includes changes to income, employment, education status, household size, and permanent or temporary disability. Families must also report if their child stops attending their child care provider. Call 904-208-2044 and notify the representative of the change.

ELC of Duval will contact you by email or phone. Please make sure your contact information is always current and be sure to check your email and phone messages regularly.

Parents and guardians can use their iPhone or Android phone to scan required documents. Search how to scan a document on your phone and instructions will be provided. If you need further assistance scanning and uploading documents to the Family Portal, call 904-208-2044.

To transfer your child from one provider to another, call 904-208-2044 for instructions.

Self-Employment Ledger

Verification of Living Arrangement

Verification of Notarized Cash Employment

School Readiness Resources and Tutorials

DEL – How to Complete the School Readiness Enrollment ProcessWatch Video
Division of Early Learning School ReadinessClick Here
School Readiness Fact SheetClick Here

Your registration information is being reviewed. You will be contacted within 48 business hours.

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