How to Become a School Readiness Provider

What Is A Contracted Childcare Provider?

Contract status through the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County is awarded based on completion of an application, submission of required documents and obtaining a satisfactory score on the New Provider School Readiness Checklist.

Your responsibilities as a Contracted Provider
  • Maintain compliance with all licensing requirements of the Department of Children and Families (DCF)
  • Attend mandatory monthly meetings to keep abreast of current information
  • Keep accurate records of children attending your site, including health exams and shot records
  • Maintain accurate attendance information by utilizing a Sign In / Sign Out log for parents/guardians
  • Submit accurate monthly attendance information regarding children in the program
  • Work with Coalition staff when they call or visit your site
  • Attend training sessions provided by the Coalition

Our Responsibilities as the Local Early Learning Coalition
  • Implement the School Readiness Program which prepares children for success in school
  • Provide technical support to providers caring for children in the program
  • Offer health screenings to the children in the program
  • Support Inclusion Services that encourage providers to expand their childcare capabilities
  • Provide the assistance of an Early Childhood Resource Specialist to support childcare programs
How to Become a School Readiness Provider
Providers on record with the DCF are encouraged to participate in the School Readiness Program. This includes all licensed, registered and faith-based child care providers in St. Lucie County.
Prospective providers can call the Coalition at 772-595-6424 and request an application packet be mailed to them or click on the application packet forms to download and print.
An application packet consists of:
  1. Provider application for contract status
  2. W-9
  3. Authorization agreement for Direct Deposit
  4. Sample Certificate of Liability – Provider should request that the insurance company makes the Early Learning Coalition a certificate holder
  5. New Provider School Readiness Checklist – Completed by Resource Specialist
  6. Emergency Evacuation Plan
  7. Sample contract
NOTE: Providers can also request a Child Care Rate Schedule when they call the Coalition for their packet

The completed packet can be mailed or hand delivered to:
The Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County
ATT: Fiscal Department
804 South 6th St.
Ft. Pierce, FL 34950
Once the Coalition has received the completed application and required supporting documentation, a meeting is arranged with the provider and a representative from the fiscal and program departments to review and discuss the School Readiness Provider contract. If the Provider expresses an interest in continuing with the process, a pre-contract site evaluation will be arranged utilizing the New Provider School Readiness Checklist.

If a provider meets all Coalition criteria and successfully completes the application process, the Coalition will offer a contract as long as they are in good standing with the Department of Children and Families.