Finding and being able to afford childcare has become a challenge for several families during the pandemic. The Early Learning Coalition of Broward County is here to help with their School Readiness Program.
Funded by state and federal government through the childcare block grant, the program allows parents to only pay a co-pay for childcare. The price is based on a sliding scale based on income.
"What this program does is not only important because children are in a learning and safe environment, but it also allows the parents from low-income families to go to work, to go to school, or right now during the pandemic, the job search is an eligible category," says Renee Jaffe, CEO of the company.
Families do have to apply for the program, which is based on income. There are some documentation requirements to ensure eligibility. The ELC does offer assistance with applying and signing up on their website.
The coalition works with over 600 childcare centers across Broward county specializing in different types of education. There is staff that can provide assessments for children to get them the best care and education possible. Children ages 6 to 13 can also receive after-school care if they have a sibling in the program.
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