The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County, Inc. (ELCPBC) maintains a collaborative partnership with the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County (CSC). Through this partnership, ELCPBC is able to layer funding to maximize services provided to the children and families within Palm Beach County.


One of CSC’s goals is increased access to quality early care and education so children are ready for school, and access to quality afterschool and summer programs so children are safe, reading on grade level and avoid summer learning loss.


The CSC Scholarship program, Early Head Start match funds, the Strong Minds Quality Child Care Network, and the Strong Minds' Technical Assistance/GOLD program have all been established as a result of this tremendous partnership.






To access a Children's Services Council (CSC) Scholarship, families must be directly referred to the Early Learning Coalition from a CSC Healthy Beginnings provider, from one of CSC's 10 BRIDGES sites, or from one of the other specific programs listed in the categories.



Local child care scholarships through the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County (CSC) are available to children based on the five different categories below:


  1. CSC Scholarships - for children, from birth to 12 years-old, who have lost school readiness eligibility and attend a CSC-approved child care site. These children can continue in care without disruption.


  1. Domestic Violence/Homelessness Scholarships - for children, from birth to 12 years-old, who have been referred from an authorized domestic violence or homeless shelter and whose eligibility has run out. These children can continue in care without disruption at a CSC-approved child care site.


  1. Healthy Beginnings Scholarships - for children, from birth to 5 years-old, who are participating in a program within CSC's Healthy Beginnings System of Care.

  1. After-School Scholarships - for school-age children through 12 years-old, who attend programs participating in Prime Time’s Quality Improvement System (list available by alphabet and/or by zip code). This scholarship may also be offered for school-age children who are determined to be no longer eligible for subsidized child care and who are attending a QIS (PrimeTime’s Quality Improvement System) participating site.


  1. Relative Caregiver Scholarships - for children, from birth to 12 years-old, who live with a relative caregiver (grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc.), who are referred by Legal Aid of Palm Beach County.


Once approved for this assistance, families will receive a certificate that can be used at a child care site that accepts CSC Scholarship enrollments and participates in CSC's Strong Minds Network.



Families who are unsure of what child care assistance they may be eligible for should contact ELCPBC's Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Customer Resource team at 561.514.3300 for further guidance.


The CCR&R Customer Resource team also provides information for families paying privately for care.

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Parents: (561) 514-3300

Providers/Administrative: (561) 214-8000
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Accessibility Statement

Special Notice: If you require Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations to participate in any ELCPBC event or activity, please notify Christie Young, Single Point of Contact, by phone at 561-214-7424 or by email at within at least seven (7) days of the event.  Accommodations will be provided at no extra charge.