You will find information here about Florida’s early learning programs. You can also apply for School Readiness (child care assistance) and Voluntary Prekindergarten Education services online by clicking on an Apply for button below.

Resource & Referral

Florida’s Child Care Resource and Referral Network or CCR&R helps families locate quality child care and early education programs. Trained specialists offer information about local child care options and develop customized lists of child care providers based on each family’s specific child care needs. Financial assistance strategies and referrals to other community resources and programs are also available.

School Readiness

Florida’s School Readiness Program or SR offers financial assistance to eligible low-income families for early education and care so they can become financially self-sufficient and their young children can be successful in school in the future. Services vary based on individual needs and range from extended day care to after-school and school-age care in some instances.


Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program or VPK is a free educational program that prepares 4-year-olds for kindergarten and beyond. Children must live in Florida and be 4 on or before September 1 of the school year they enroll. Parents can choose from private child care centers or public schools and school-year or summer programs. Parents of 4-year-olds with special needs have an option outside the classroom setting ‒ VPK Specialized Instructional Services (VPK-SIS).