During these trying times, we want you to know that we are here to help your family with childcare needs. Although our building is closed to the public, clients can still apply for school readiness and/or VPK services on our Family Portal . All Coalition team members can still be reached by phone, at 772-595-6363 for Family Services, which covers enrollment, eligibility and childcare referral services, or 772-595-6424 for the general line, or through email, or through our social media platforms.
For more information on COVID-19 and how the State of Florida is handling this virus, visit the  Florida Department of Health  website You can also visit our Childcare Locator on our website here to see which childcare centers are currently open. Here is the latest update from the state regarding:
Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program
  • If you have not used your VPK certificate for a school year program and are considering a Summer VPK program for your child, please contact the coalition. 
School Readiness (SR) Eligibility Program
  • Effective March 15, 2020 all terminations of School Readiness families’ eligibility have been suspended. Redeterminations of eligibility are extended an additional 60 days. No families shall be removed from the program.​
  • The parent waiting list revalidation notification has been extended by 60 days.​
  • As of April 1, 2020 Providers are no longer collecting parent copayments until further notice.
  • Job search can be used as a purpose for care to establish eligibility and for families applying to the waitlist through August 1, 2020.
  • Parents on the waitlist have 60 calendar days to submit the required documentation through September 30, 2020.
  • The 20 hours per week of work/education requirements for initial eligibility are suspended through August 1, 2020.