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Scholarships and Eligibility

School Readiness Scholarships

Children from low to moderate-income working families or with other identified risk factors, may receive scholarships to attend an early education program. Eligibility is determined by the parents’ income and must not exceed 150% of the federal poverty level. Participants in this program receive a developmentally appropriate curriculum, character education and a developmental screening. Additionally, this program allows parents to focus on professional and educational goals and begin to break the poverty cycle.

If you or your child meets criteria, you may be eligible for child care services at reduced or no cost, offered by Florida’s Office of Early Learning.

SR Income Requirements

Household SizeMaximum Household Income

Who Qualifies?


  • Children from birth to thirteen years old
  • Children living in income economically disadvantaged families
  • Children with special needs or developmental concerns
  • Parents or guardians that receive TANF
  • Children under Protective Services
  • Children in foster care
  • Children living in certified domestic violence centers
  • Children living in certified homeless shelters

Does your family meet the requirements?

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How to Renew Your Eligibility


All eligibility documents and uploads are now available on the OEL Family Portal. IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you do not have an account or can’t remember your username, please contact the ELC Portal Helpdesk.  DO NOT create an account on your own as that will not link to your current eligibility.  CLICK HERE to be redirected to the Family Portal.


Any change that occurs to a family’s income, employment, education status, or household size must be reported to the Coalition within 10 days of the change. This includes whether you become permanently or temporarily disabled. You should also report if your child(ren) stop going to their reported child care location. If you have any questions, please contact the Coalition’s Eligibility Department at 727-400-4411.