School Readiness (Financial Assistance Program)

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Becoming a School Readiness Provider

ELC Broward offers School Readiness, a financial assistance program that helps low-income eligible families obtain affordable, high-quality child care. The program promotes family stability and brings focused resources to children’s learning in the home and at school. Priority is given to children whose parents are economically disadvantaged, children with special needs, and children who have been determined to be at risk of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
If you are currently a child care provider and licensed through the Broward County Child Care Licensing and Enforcement (CCLE) (link), you are eligible to join our School Readiness Provider Network. 

If you are not currently a child care provider, contact CCLE (link) to determine what steps to take to become a child care provider. 

These types of providers can participate in the School Readiness Program:

  • Licensed Family Child Care Home:  Cares for children based on state ratio guidelines.
  • Licensed Child Care Center: Cares for children based on state ratio guidelines and capacity is calculated by square footage.
  • Licensed Exempt Child Care Center:  Cares for children based on state ratio guidelines and is either a school-age-only program or is an accredited religious exempt provider.
  • Public School: Meets guidelines set forth by the Florida Department of Education.

Eligible and Ready to Apply?

Providers interested in becoming a School Readiness Child Care Provider can submit the Provider Service Agreement Information Form through the Provider Portal. Once your application is reviewed you are contacted regarding your status in the School Readiness Provider Network.

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