Financial Assistance

Applying for School Readiness

Families with low incomes in Florida who are trying to work or get training to work may be eligible for school readiness help.

The School Readiness Program offers financial assistance to low-income families for early child education and care so families can become financially self-sufficient and their young children can be successful in school in the future.

Services vary based on individual need and range from extended day to extended year and school age care in some instances.

The program takes into account a child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual development; involves parents as their child’s first teacher; prepares children to be ready for school; and gives parents information about child development and other topics of interest.

School readiness programs provide developmental screenings for children and referrals to health and educational specialists, and work in cooperation with other programs for young children such as Head Start, Early Head Start and the VPK program.

Click this link to get started on your application and see if you are eligible! You can also call the Child Care Resource and Referral Network toll-free at 1-866-357-3239.

APPLYING FOR GARDINER GRANT

The Gardiner Scholarship is designed to provide the option for a parent to better meet the individual educational needs of his or her eligible child. The Gardiner Scholarship provides eligible students a scholarship that can be used to purchase approved services or products.

With a Family Empowerment Scholarship (formerly Gardiner), your child has more learning options. 

The Family Empowerment Scholarship (formerly Gardiner) is different than other state scholarships in that it allows parents to personalize the education of their children with unique abilities by directing money toward a combination of programs and approved providers. These include schools, therapists, specialists, curriculum, technology – even a college savings account

For more information and to know if you are eligible, please go to https://www.stepupforstudents.org/for-parents/special-needs/how-the-scholarship-works/ or you can contact us on our contact information.

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