The federal government works with states to support low-income working families by providing access to child care through the federal Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG). Florida uses CCDBG funds to subsidize child care providers who offer school readiness services and early childhood education for children of low-income families, children in protective services who are at risk of abuse, neglect, or abandonment, and for children with disabilities. Families also use these subsidies to purchase child care services from providers who offer school readiness.
For more information or to apply to become a School Readiness provider contact the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County at 954-377-2188or the following website -ELC of Broward County. In order for a child care program to qualify to be a school readiness provider, a school readiness inspection must be conducted once annually as part of the school readiness provider contract between the program and the Office of Early Learning (OEL). These inspections are conducted by the Department of Children and Families, Office of Child Care Regulation in partnership with OEL.A school readiness inspection is an on-site unannounced inspection during which compliance with all applicable items on the school readiness standard classification summary is verified. When a school readiness inspection results in findings of non-compliances, in which case a re-inspection will be conducted and the local Early Learning Coalition is notified.