School Readiness

The School Readiness (SR) program offers financial assistance to eligible families in need of affordable quality child care for children, age birth – 12 years old. School Readiness funds pay a portion of child care costs based on the family’s income and risk factors. Each School Readiness program provides a developmental screening for children and referrals to specific health and educational specialists, if needed.

Without School Readiness, I wouldn't be able to work due to not being able to afford childcare. School Readiness has not only helped but saved my family from extreme hardship due to being a single mother. My family and I wouldn't have anything that we have now if it wasn't for the School Readiness program. Besides financially making it possible for me to work full time, my children are thriving in a preschool environment and receiving quality early education that is crucial to their development. I am beyond thankful for this program.

General Eligibility Requirements

Parents or guardians must be working or participating in an education activity at least 20 hours per week. Gross income must be at or below 150% of the federal poverty level for family size. Families must pay a co-payment for child care based on income and family size. There may also be additional fees billable by the child care provider chosen.

How to Apply

You may apply for School Readiness services by Family Portal below. If you are potentially eligible, you will be placed on the Wait List until enrollment takes place, depending on availability of funding.