LITTLE STEPS LEARNING
About School Readiness
The ELCHC and all its partners work toward making certain that every child in Hillsborough County has access to the supports and resources they need to be ready to enter school and succeed.
The ELCHC does this by supporting organizations, programs, and initiatives that support and enhance a child’s:
School Readiness Financial Assistance
The ELCHC’s School Readiness Program can help working parents with the cost of child care (frequently called a child care subsidy). These services include extended-day, extended-year, and school age care for children to support parents in becoming financially self-sufficient. A family’s gross income (income before taxes, insurance, and any other deductions are subtracted) is used to determine eligibility. Both earned income (for example, wages) and unearned income (for example, child support, Social Security payments, Unemployment Insurance) are counted.
The Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) is designed to prepare Florida’s children for kindergarten and develop the skills they need to become good readers and successful students. VPK includes quality standards for literacy skills, strict accountability, appropriate curricula, substantial instruction periods, manageable class sizes and qualified instructors.
Parents have the option of enrolling children in a school-year program that consists of 540 instructional hours, OR a summer program, consisting of 300 instructional hours. Children may participate in the VPK program only once.
Registration requires families to supply proof of their Florida residency and proof of the enrolling child’s age.