Follow Us on Social Media

School Readiness

School Readiness

The first years of a child’s life are critical for lifelong development.  A young child’s earliest experiences–at home, at school and in the community–set the stage for lifelong success.  School Readiness funds pay a portion of the child care costs for low to moderate income earning families and allows parents to focus on professional and educational goals and begin to break the poverty cycle. The children in School Readiness programs are assisted through developmentally appropriate early learning programs, screenings and assessments to assist them in getting ready for school.  The Coalition and all of its community partners work to ensure children in Pinellas County have access to the support and resources needed to be ready to enter school and succeed.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

For Families

How do I report a change?

The most important thing to do when reporting a change is to first call your caseworker directly. They can walk you through the process of reporting the specific change relevant to you (i.e. change in household size, address, employment, etc.). All changes must be documented appropriately and provided to ELC. Forms to do this can be found here:

What do I do when I go on maternity leave?

The most important step to do when reporting maternity leave is to first call your caseworker directly. They can walk you through the process of reporting this change. You need to inform your caseworker within 10 days of going on maternity leave by completing and submitting the Notice of Change form found in the link below.

Notice of Change Form

How do I make an appointment?

You may call our Family Services Department by dialing 727-400-4411, then selecting option 3, then option 3 again. Staff will assist you by making an appointment for you to see your assigned caseworker.

How do I get a verification letter stating that I’ve been placed on the wait list?

Once you are approved for the wait list you will receive a letter in the mail that you can use for verification. If you no longer have this letter you may call our Family Services Department by dialing 727-400-4411, then selecting option 3, then option 1. They will be able to assist in getting you verification to document that you are currently on the School Readiness Wait List.

How long is the wait list?

The number of children on our wait list can be found on our website. Children are brought off the wait list based on their priority group, established s. 1002.87, Florida Statutes, and the date they applied.

How do I find out my spot on the wait list?

Clients are put on the wait list based on the date they applied. Children are brought off the wait list based on their priority group, established in s. 1002.87, Florida Statutes, and the date they applied. This means that we are not able to give you an exact “number” of where you are at on the wait list. If you would like to know your date or what priority group you may potentially be eligible for you can contact our Family Services Department by dialing 727-400-4411, then selecting option 3, then option 1.

 

For Providers

What is Open Certification?

The Coalition has designated two Open Certification Periods per year during which a potential provider can become a School Readiness Provider.

The “Open Certification” Periods for new providers will be:
August 1st – September 30th
January 1st – March 31st

Providers must:

  • Contact the Coalition during the Open Certification Period
  • Attend an Orientation Session
  • Complete and submit all required paperwork by September 30th / March 31st

Providers outside of Pinellas County may offer School Readiness services to Pinellas residents, but must have an active Agreement in good standing with the Early Learning Coalition in their county. In an effort to ensure parent choice, Out of County Providers will not be subject to the Open Certification periods.

If you would like to register or for more information regarding the new provider orientations please call Adam Jetmore at 727-400-4462. All orientations will take place at the Early Learning Coalition: 5735 Rio Vista Dr., Clearwater.

What does the state contract provide?

This Contract will allow Providers to serve children who receive subsidized child care dollars, as well as access exciting grant opportunities, teacher scholarships, training/conferences, and technical support through the Coalition.

What is required to enroll children with an SR scholarship at my facility?

All providers who enroll School Readiness Scholarship children are required to sign a State Contract with the Early Learning Coalition. The Provider Contracts and Compliance Department of the Coalition contracts with Family Child Care Providers, Child Care Centers and School Age Programs that provide direct services for children.

";