Even before children attend prekindergarten, they gain from experiences that help them be ready for school.
That is why school readiness is such an important part of early learning. The Florida Legislature recognized that when they passed the School Readiness Act to help children from low-income families get the support they need to be successful in school. While helping children prepare for school, the program provides child care so a parent can work or attend a training or education program.
The program is funded primarily by a federal Child Care and Development Fund Block Grant. OEL administers the program at the state level.
- There are approximately 1.1 million children younger than age 6 in Florida.
- About 62 percent of children in Florida are in the School Readiness Program.
- In 2017-2018, 201,608 children received school readiness services from 7,676 providers.