Helping Families Ensure Their Children Enter School Ready to Learn

School Readiness

PARENT & COMMUNITY SERVICES

Child Care Resource & Referral | Child Care Quality Indicators

Child Care Checklist | Financial Assistance | School Readiness | VPK Parents | Parent & Community Resources

Consumer Education Materials| Community Events Calendar | Schedule an Appointment at a One Stop Office

The ELC of North Florida wants your feedback on some important School Readiness issues. 
Please complete our very short survey and let us and the ELC know your thoughts.
Thank You!

Click Here to Take Survey

School Readiness Services

School Readiness services, also known as subsidized child care, are available in Clay, Nassau, Baker, Bradford, Putnam, and St. Johns Counties through Episcopal Children’s Services. However, families must qualify and there is often a waitlist, so it is important to apply as soon as possible.

To apply for School Readiness services, please click here

Please note: When applying for School Readiness services, you will be required to upload one supporting document to verify eligibility for the program. A list of acceptable proof of eligibility documents will be available in the application process. This list will vary based on the information entered in the application.

To Qualify You Must:

  • Reside in Clay, Nassau, Baker, Bradford, Putnam, or St. Johns Countyand
  • Have a referral from Career Source, Workforce Board, or other referring agencyor
  • Meet requirements of hours worked and income.

How Much Money Can I Make and Still Qualify?

Eligibility is determined by both income and family size, so it is difficult to answer this question in a general way. To give you an idea, a family of three could earn up to $30,135 a year and still qualify to begin services. After receiving services initially, this same family would continue to qualify until they earned over $40,180 a year or 200% of the federal poverty level. In another example, a family of four could earn up to $36,375 a year initially and would continue to qualify until they earned over $48,500. A family of two could earn up to $23,895 a year initially and would continue to qualify until they earned over $31,860.

How Does the Waitlist Work?

If you seem to qualify but our funding won’t allow us to enroll your child at the moment, you can be put on a waitlist. The length of time you can expect to be on the list may vary greatly and is, unfortunately, rather hard to predict. Additional funding sometimes comes in unexpectedly, or people leave our program making room for new clients. In any case, if your name isn’t on the list, you won’t be contacted, so please click on the link listed above to apply for School Readiness services. That way, when we have funding we can reach you.

After you are on the list, keep us informed of changes in your address or other contact information. If we try to contact you and can’t, we will have no choice but to take your name off of the list.

What if I don’t qualify? Is there any other way ECS can help?

Yes, we offer Child Care Resource and Referral services to any family free, regardless of income. This is a service designed to match your child care needs with child care providers and services that can fill those needs. You may want a family child care home that will take both an infant and a 3-year-old, gives sibling discounts, and is within five miles of your job, and we can give you a listing of referrals that meet those needs. Price is often a factor parents ask us to consider when requesting referrals, but price is not necessarily an indication of quality. Remember that these are referrals, not recommendations, so you need to visit the child care providers yourself to see what you think. However, we do provide checklists that can make it easier to find the child care provider that is right for your family. We also have other referrals available to assist you with financial options.

What SHOULD I do if I SUSPECT fraud being committed?

School Readiness is supported by state and federal taxes, and because of this, we are obligated to be good stewards of the funding. If you are aware of an individual committing fraud against the School Readiness and or Voluntary Prekindergarten programs, please contact ECS by either calling 1-800-238-3462, ext. 206, or by emailing fraud@ecs4kids.org. Information provided will remain confidential.

Click here to view the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida’s Anti-Fraud Plan.

How Do I Contact You?

You can call our offices at 904-726-1500, toll free 1-800-238-3463, or the phone number listed below for the county where you live. We can often help you with just a phone call, but if you would like to come in, we have offices in all the counties we serve and accept walk-ins and appointments. Please call the location nearest you for directions.

You can also apply for School Readiness services by clicking here, and an ECS staff member will contact you to discuss your eligibility.

To speak with a CCR&R counselor, call us today!

Toll free 1-800-238-3463

ECS offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for legal holidays. The Nassau County office is also closed on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Administrative Office: 904-726-1500 Fax: 904-726-1516

Baker County: 904-259-4225
Clay County: 904-213-3939
Nassau County: 904-432-0009, ext. 2626
Bradford County: 904-964-1543
Putnam County: 386-385-3450
St. Johns County: 904-770-2565