School Readiness programs were launched in 1999. The Florida Legislature created local coalitions and gave them the responsibility to develop an integrated School Readiness Program with the goal to prepare children for success in school through early education and care programs. That meant transferring programs managed by state agencies for low-income families to programs managed by a local board. In 2005, the State of Florida added the Universal Voluntary Pre-K Program. Now the Coalition oversees both School Readiness and VPK.
Overview of VPK
VPK is available FREE to all Florida four-year-olds. Your child must be four on or before September 1st of the school year in which they will attend VPK. The program provides developmentally appropriate instruction and activities to prepare your child to be school ready.
Download Florida’s VPK Fact Sheet for more information. For assistance with VPK, call 352-375-4110 ext 127. The Florida Office of Early Learning (OEL) administers this program and can be accessed at www.floridaearlylearning.com
Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R)
Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) for Parents and Providers provides information on a variety of activities and resources. One of the most important and difficult decisions a family has to make is choosing an early learning program for their children. The environment should be safe and match their family values about learning and parenting. ELCAC is here to help.
- Florida KidCare
- Child Care Aware
- Florida Dept. of Education
- Abuse Registry – 800-96-ABUSE
- Local Inclusion Resources
Let’s Move! Child Care is a partnership between NACCRRA, the Let’s Move Initiative, and Nemours. Webinars for Trainers and Providers on these topics: Physical Activity, Screen Time, Food Beverages, & Infant Feeding, can be found on their website.