The first five years of a child's life are critical to their lifelong development. A young child's earliest experiences and environments, at home, at school, and in the community, set the stage for their future development and school and life success.
The ELCHC and all of its partners work toward making certain that every child in Hillsborough County has access to the supports and resources they need to be ready to enter school and succeed. The ELCHC does this by supporting organizations, programs, and initiatives that support and enhance a child's:
The ELCHC's School Readiness Program can help working parents with the cost of child care (frequently called a child care subsidy). These services include extended-day, extended-year, and school age care for children to support parents in becoming financially self-sufficient. A family's gross income (income before taxes, insurance, and any other deductions are subtracted) is used to determine eligibility. Both earned income (for example, wages) and unearned income (for example, child support, Social Security payments, Unemployment Insurance) are counted.
Generally, families with children who are 10 years old or younger may receive help through the School Readiness Program. However, a family may receive a child care subsidy for a child up to the age of 18 if the child requires extra care due to an acute or chronic physical or mental condition.
Depending on the family income, the family will pay a monthly fee for each child for whom you receive financial assistance. The co-payment is based on family income and family size. Parents are expected to make their co-payment directly to the child care provider.
All families eligible for School Readiness financial assistance may select the provider of their choice. However, ELCHC will only pay for child care if the child care provider has been approved by the Coalition. Parents can select providers from the following:
Enrollment into School Readiness requires up-to-date health and immunization records for all children.
Required information to process an application:
Additional documentation that may be required if applicable:
For more details and information on where to enroll, click HERE
School Readiness enrollment can be completed at any of the following locations:
Early Childhood School Readiness Programs - North Tampa Office
9309 North Florida Avenue, Suite 104
Tampa, FL 33612
Mon. - Thurs. 8:00 am to 4:30 pm/Fridays 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Early Childhood School Readiness Programs - Bay Plaza
9325 Bay Plaza Blvd., Suite 210
Tampa, FL 33619
Mon. - Thurs. 8:00 am - 4:30 pm/Fridays 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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