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School Readiness Eligibility

School Readiness Eligibility

Provide Safe, Healthy, and Quality Early Education


The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC) contracts with Hillsborough County Public Schools to provide school readiness services to eligible families in Hillsborough County. Our goal is to provide safe, healthy, and quality early education experience that support enhanced outcomes for children, their families, and the supporting communities.

The Office of Early Learning (OEL) is responsible for prioritizing funds based on eligibility categories. Child care subsidy is available to:

  • children from low income working families
  • children from families receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy families (TANF) subject to federal work requirements and referred by partner agencies
  • children At-Risk of abuse/neglect (i.e. under protective supervision, foster care, or Relative Caregiver) and referred by partner agencies
Waiting List
To Apply Online Visit:
  • Click "Families"
  • Select "School Readiness"
  • Click "Enroll Today" button to begin

Online applications are reviewed and eligible applicants will be placed on the enrollment waiting list. Once funding is available, it is distributed on a first come, first serve basis. An application packet will be mailed to qualifying families.

Client Services

The Intake Eligibility Department is responsible for coordinating and authorizing child care for families eligible for services through the School Readiness Program:

  • Enrollment: At the time of eligibility determination families will be contacted by staff.
  • Selecting a provider: During the initial interview the client is provided with Child Care Resource & Referral a free service that provides information on different types of child care options, consumer education on choosing quality care, a customized provider listing, and community resources. Client must select a provider that has an agreement with the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County. Upon enrollment the provider will be issued an authorization form required for reimbursement: “Child Care Certificate” or “Pre Authorization for Child Care Certificate”.
  • Parent Fee: Families receiving subsidized child care are assessed a parent fee based on the Federal Poverty Level income guidelines determined by income and the household size of the family. The parent fee and any additional fees (i.e. registration, transportation, etc.) are to be paid directly to the selected child care provider.
  • Recertification: To continue child care clients must recertify before their authorization period expires. Recertification- By- Mail (RBM) is available. RBM packets are mailed to the client prior their recertification end date and can be mailed back, faxed or hand delivered.
  • Intake Forms: Client Services forms and documents may be downloaded at Documents & Forms.
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