The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC) is authorized under Florida Statute s.411.01 F.S. to establish policies, procedures and standards for the delivery of the School Readiness Program. Currently, the ELCHC contracts directly with the School District of Hillsborough County, School Readiness Programs to provide subsidized child care for families receiving temporary cash assistance and meet federal work participation requirements. Other children who qualify are at-risk of abuse or neglect, at-risk of future school failure, or are considered economically disadvantaged based on federal poverty guidelines.
School Readiness providers are required to meet minimum quality standards including developmentally appropriate practices and curriculum instruction, health and safety requirements to conduct developmental screenings to identify any developmental delays as early as possible and to conduct pre and post testing to chart the individual progress made by each child.
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