School Readiness (SR) Program



School Readiness child care funding is available to eligible families to assist them in obtaining affordable, high quality child care. Children in Palm Beach County are eligible from birth to 5 years-old utilizing state-funding, and from birth to 12 years-old utilizing local funding from the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County.

If you and your family meet the eligibility criteria, you may qualify for child care funding under the following priorities or through a referring agency.



  • Priority 1: Children younger than age 13 whose parents receive temporary cash assistance and are subject to federal work requirements.


  • Priority 2: At-risk children younger than age 9.


  • Priority 3: At-risk children who are at least age 9, but younger than 13. Those with siblings in priority groups 1 and 2 are higher priority than other children ages 9-13 in this priority group.


  • Priority 4: Economically disadvantaged children until eligible to enter kindergarten. Their older siblings up to the age they are eligible to enter 6th grade may also be served.


  • Priority 5: Children from birth to kindergarten whose parents are transitioning from the temporary cash assistance work program to employment.


  • Priority 6: Economically disadvantaged children younger than 13. Priority in this category is given to children who have a younger sibling in the School Readiness Program under Priority 3.


  • Priority 7: Children younger than 13 whose parents are transitioning from the temporary cash assistance work program to employment.


  • Priority 8: Children who have special needs and current individual educational plans (IEPs) from age 3 until they are eligible to enter kindergarten.


  • Priority 9: Children concurrently enrolled in the federal Head Start Program and VPK, regardless of priorities 1-4.




Other community agencies who we are partnering with as referral agencies include Adopt-A-Family, AVDA, BoysTown, CareerSource, Catholic Charities, Center for Child Counseling, Center for Family Services, ChildNet, 4KIDS, Camelot Community Care, Cayuga Centers, Henderson Behavioral Health, Children’s Home Society, National Youth Advocate Program, Place of Hope, Pinnacle Family Services, Lake Worth West Resident Planning Group, Pathways To Prosperity, CWS, Coalition for Independent Living Options, Community Partners, Easter Seals Florida, Families First, Family Promise, Farmworker Coordinating Council, Florida Health, HomeSafe, Legal Aid Society, School District of Palm Beach County, The Arc, Homeless Coalition Palm Beach County, Guatemalan Maya Center, Florida Aspira, The Lord’s Place, Youth Co-Op, and/or YWCA.


If you are interested in applying for School Readiness child care funding as a low income family, please apply through our Family Portal and/or contact us at (561) 514-3300 to receive one-on-one assistance.

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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.