Florida’s School Readiness Program or SR offers financial assistance to eligible low-income families for early education and care so they can become financially self-sufficient and their young children can be successful in school in the future. Services vary based on individual needs and range from extended day care to after-school and school-age care in some instances.
Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program or VPK is a free educational program that prepares 4-year-olds for kindergarten and beyond. Children must live in Florida and be 4 on or before September 1 of the school year they enroll. Parents can choose from private child care centers or public schools and school-year or summer programs. Parents of 4-year-olds with special needs have an option outside the classroom setting ‒ VPK Specialized Instructional Services (VPK-SIS).
We’re dedicated to your professional growth and provide an array of resources and services focused on helping you enrich your skills, chart a successful career path and ultimately improve the quality of care delivered in early childhood programs.
On My Way to Kindergarten is a learning journey that provides families and classrooms with everything to help your students consider Voluntary PreK (VPK) at age 4 and then make a smooth transition into kindergarten.
Providers are required to use the Statewide portal system when applying for funding. To register for an account, you will need a taxpayer identification number as well as your license registration or exemption number.
The Hillsborough Infant & Toddler Initiative (HITI) strives to improve the quality of infant and toddler care in Hillsborough County. he focus of the Initiative is to provide families with more opportunities to access quality childcare for children birth to 36 months.
All families receiving Child Care Resource and Referral services will be contacted to complete a voluntary survey to measure your customer service experience with our office. All responses are anonymous and confidential and will not affect your services.