School Readiness Program

The School Readiness program provides child care assistance to qualified families with financial assistance for child care through a variety of services. The program provides parents with access to high quality early care and education while they are working to become financially self-sufficient. Parents are provided with information on child development, as well as parental engagement opportunities that incorporate parents as their child’s first teacher. Child care services include extended-day, extended-year, and school age care to support parents in becoming financially self-sufficient. Each school readiness program provides a developmental screening for children and referrals to specific health and educational specialists if needed.

General Eligibility Requirements

Parent(s) or guardian(s) must be working or participating in an educational activity at least 20 hours per week. Gross income must be at or below 150% of the federal poverty level for family size
Families must pay a co-payment for child care based on income and family size. There may also be additional fees billable by the child care provider chosen.
- Preliminary documentation is required before application will be validated
  • Income verification form (new job or paid by cash)
  • Pay stubs (last 4 weekly pay stubs, last 2 pay stubs if paid bi-weekly or semi-monthly, or last pay stub if paid monthly)
  • Self employment documentation (most recent tax return or YTD  business records with invoices and receipts for expenses)
  • Education documentation (enrollment verification and schedule or ELC education/training form)
  • Social security disability documentation statement from physician and SS award letter
You may apply for School Readiness services via the Family Portal.  If you are potentially eligible, you will be placed on the Wait List until enrollment takes place, depending on availability of funding.