Legislators recognized that school readiness programs increase children’s chances of achieving future educational success and becoming productive members of society. It is the intent of the Legislature that programs be developmentally appropriate, research-based, involve parents as their child’s first best teacher, serve as preventive measures for children at risk of future failure, enhance the educational readiness of eligible children, and support family education.
What Does School Readiness Include?
Each school readiness program shall provide the elements necessary to prepare at-risk children for school, including health screening and referral and an appropriate educational program.
The School Readiness Program has been set up as a separate program — funded separately from the system of free public schools and voluntary pre-k. It uses a sliding fee scale, and provides an integrated and seamless system of school readiness services for the state’s birth-to-kindergarten population.
For immediate assistance with School Readiness, call 352-375-4110 ext 100. When you are ready, you can sign up at the State of Florida Single Point Entry Website.