The School Readiness program offers financial assistance to low-income families for early childhood education and care so families can become financially self-sufficient and their young children can be successful in school in the future. Services vary based on individual need and range from extended day to extended year and school age care in some instances. The program takes into account a child's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development; involves parents as their child's first teacher; prepares children to be ready for school; and gives parents information about child development and other topics of interest.
The need for this type of program was identified many years ago as the School Readiness program was initially established through Florida law in 1999. It is astounding that until very recent years, early learning and the importance of high-quality environments was not well-known and widely accepted as important. There needs to be a shift in the way society views child care, from daycare and babysitting to a more accurate description of high-quality early learning and early childhood education.
In a recent news article featuring Brian Bucher, PNC Regional President - Birmingham, it is argued that "the quality of an early education can influence the opportunities for a young child's success in school and life." For more information and/or to learn how to identify a high-quality early learning environment, please reach out to our Customer Resource Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) team at (561) 514-3300!
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