Florida School Readiness Program

Families in Florida who are trying to work or get training to work may be eligible for child care assistance through the School Readiness Program. These services range from extended day care to after-school, and school-age care for children.

Eligible families include parents who

  1. are at or below 150% of the federal poverty level — about $3,108 a month for a family of three AND
  2. are employed at least 20 hours per week OR a student taking at least 12 credit hours.

Depending on the family income, parents will pay a designated fee for each child for whom they receive financial assistance. The co-payment is based on income and family size and is paid directly to the child care provider.

What is the income limit for school readiness in Florida? #

  • Family Size Income Limit
  • 2 $2,465
  • 3 $3,108
  • 4 $3,750
  • 5 $4,393
  • 6 $5,035
  • 7 $5,678
  • 8 $6,320

How do I apply for school readiness in Florida? #

Families need to apply through Florida's Early Learning Family Portal. If you are potentially eligible, you will be placed on the waitlist until enrollment occurs, depending on funding availability.

To learn about eligibility criteria and find out more, please contact your county’s early learning coalition.

Child Care Resource and Referral Network

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