School Readiness

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School Readiness

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A Description of School Readiness

To help provide a better future for children, school readiness programs have been designed to prepare children ages birth to 5 for school, particularly those from income-eligible families. These programs, funded by the coalition, serve as a preventive measure for children at risk of future school failure. Priority participation is given to: children who have been determined to be at risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation, and whose parents are economically disadvantaged. Many studies suggest that changes which improve family, caregiver and neighborhood circumstances in the earliest years of a child’s life have the best chance of putting a child on a strong developmental path—emotionally, intellectually, and socially. And that’s a win for us all because those investments can yield a healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous and more equitable nation.

School readiness providers offer programs that include:

  • Research-based early learning activities and instruction
  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Literacy programs
  • Character development programs
  • Healthy and safe environments
  • Appropriate staff-to-child ratios
  • Personnel with required qualifications
  • Family-friendly environment that supports parent involvement opportunities
  • Parent engagement activities

School Readiness Transfers

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School Readiness Providers

To obtain a FREE School Readiness Provider Listing within Seminole county, contact our CCR&R Specialist at 407-960-2468.

 

Parents’ Role

School readiness of a child is a family affair. School readiness and success does not mean much unless parents are at the heart of their children’s success. State-financed school readiness programs and the monitoring of these programs provide a safe and stimulating environment for children to learn, but learning also takes place at home where parents become the teachers.

Parents can help by promoting their children’s health and physical well-being by providing them with:

  • Nutritious food
  • Enough sleep
  • Safe places to play
  • Regular medical care
  • Opportunities to exercise and develop physical coordination

Parents can help their children develop socially and emotionally, by serving as role models for their children, showing respect to others, and building up their child’s sense of personal effectiveness with encouragement. Parents can also teach children such important social skills as sharing and getting along with others.

From home, parents can help their children develop their language skills and help them understand the world by:

  • Talking with them
  • Asking and answering questions
  • Discussing everyday activities while eating lunch or cleaning up toys
  • Listening to their children

To see if you are eligible for the School Readiness Program, please visit the Family Portal.

Our Partners

office of early learning / vpk

 

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florida prepaid college

 

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seminole state college

Early Learning Coalition of Seminole

280 Hunt Park Cove
Longwood, FL 32750-7567
Phone: 407-960-2460
Fax: 407-960-2489


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