For Families

The School Readiness Program


Information about School Readiness Program Enrollment

If you or someone you know needs help to pay for child care costs, please submit an application today. Currently, there are waivers in place that relax the requirements for applying services. These waivers expire on June 30th, 2021.


The waivers allow:

  • Individuals who are unemployed and seeking work to submit an application, or;
  • Individuals who have seen a decrease in the number of hours they work each week can submit an application.


NOW is the time to apply! Some parents may not be aware of these waivers and think that they do not qualify for assistance. It is important to submit an application and our family support services team will make the determination of eligibility upon review of all the required documentation. Questions? Call 561.514.3300.




Information about the School Readiness Wait List

Funding for School Readiness services is limited. Families may be placed on the School Readiness (SR) Waiting List as follows:

All clients requesting to apply for the SR Waiting List (child care assistance) will need to complete the online application via the Statewide OEL Family Portal.

  • Supporting documentation will be required to determine placement on the waiting list
  • You will be notified if additional information is needed prior to placing your child (ren) on the waiting list.
  • You are required to update your application on line if changes occur.
  • You will be contacted every 6 months to remain on the waiting list; failure to respond will result in the termination of waiting list status.
  • Families may contact the Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) team directly at 561.514.3300 to request a listing of providers that may offer scholarships, negotiated rates, or a sliding scale fee.

When funds become available you will receive further communication from us to determine if you are eligible. Invitations are sent based on the established priorities and the date your child (ren) was placed on the waiting list.

If you’d like to check the status of a Wait List Application, call us at 561.514.3300.






Contact Us

Parents: (561) 514-3300
Providers/Administrative: (561) 214-8000
Boynton Beach Administrative Office Hours: 8:30am to 5pm (Monday-Friday)
Palm Springs & Rivera Beach/Port Center Office Hours: 8am to 5:30pm (Monday-Thursday)

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. Accommodation will be provided at no extra charge.