Children’s Services Council (CSC) SCHOLARSHIP Program
The Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, Inc.’s funding of the CSC Scholarship program is nearly a third of the annual operating budget for the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County, Inc.
Within the CSC Scholarship program, there are five categories including:
- CSC Scholarships - for children, ages birth to 12 years old, that have lost school readiness eligibility and attend a CSC child care site. These children can continue in care without disruption.
- Domestic Violence/Homelessness Scholarships - for children, ages birth to 12 years old, who have been referred from an authorized domestic violence or homeless shelter and whose eligibility has run out. These children can continue in care without disruption at a quality counts site.
- Healthy Beginning Scholarships - for children, ages birth through age 5, who are participating in a program within The Healthy Beginning System of Care
- Afterschool Scholarships - for school-age children through age 12 who are attend programs participating in Prime Time’s Quality Improvement System. This scholarship may also be offered for school-age children who are determined to be no longer eligible for subsidized child care and who are attending a QIS (PrimeTime’s Quality Improvement System) participating site.
- Relative Caregiver Scholarships - for children, ages birth through 12, who are residing in relative caregiver family arrangements, who are referred by Legal Aid.
One of CSC’s goals is increased access to quality early care and education so children are ready for school, and access to quality afterschool and summer programs so children are safe, reading on grade level and avoid summer learning loss.
Through the Coalition’s unique partnership with CSC, the CSC Scholarship Initiative and Early Head Start Match (increased child care slots), the Strong Minds quality improvement system, and Strong Minds Technical Assistance/GOLD program have all been established. Without the support of CSC, the Coalition would not have the current-day unique programs and opportunities available within Palm Beach County.