CCR&R is the ‘front door’ to all our programs and services, as well as the gateway to early learning resources and other community services information. Free of charge and accessible by phone, e-mail, or website to the families of Palm Beach County.
The School Readiness program is for children within low-income families, preparing them to start kindergarten ready to learn. Throughout Florida, the program serves families with children ranging in age from birth to five years-old. Our partnership with the Children's Services Council has allowed for additional child care slots for children ranging in age from birth to twelve years-old, through the CSC Scholarship Program (see below).
The VPK program is a free prekindergarten program for 4-year-olds who reside in Florida and were born on or before Sept. 1 each year.
VPK gives each child an opportunity to perform better in school and throughout life with quality programs that include age-appropriate curricula with a strong emphasis on early literacy skills, accountability, manageable class sizes and qualified instructors.
CSC Scholarships were created to provide stability and continuity of care for at-risk children who are no longer eligible for state funding – locally prioritizing services for each family unit as a whole. Through our partnership with CSC, we connect these families to high-quality programs participating in the Strong Minds Quality Child Care Network. Within Palm Beach County’s Strong Minds Network, providers are offered support and incentives to meet their goals and improve quality early care and education programs.
There is a need for local assessment data in early childhood education to be used in ways that benefit the children and families here in Palm Beach County. As a result, CSC provided the vision and support necessary to launch the Teaching Strategies GOLD (GOLD) project. GOLD is an authentic and formative early childhood assessment tool; a web-based application that supports early education practitioners to observe and document demonstrated abilities of children from birth to Kindergarten. GOLD is strongly aligned with state and national learning standards (birth-3, Pre-K, Head Start and Common Core).
The EHS program provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services for 150 children (birth to 3 years-old) and their families in the areas of highest need in Palm Beach County.
Our free developmental screenings and assessment programs within Palm Beach County provide families an opportunity to ensure their child’s development is healthy. Through screening and assessment, providers and families can find the necessary tools and activities to support each child in meeting age-appropriate milestones.
Echoing our belief that all children deserve quality care and education, we support our providers as they work to deliver early intervention and inclusion for children with special needs in all early childhood environments throughout Palm Beach County. We also have an established Warmline for parents and child care providers needing further information related to disabilities or special health care needs of children.
Through training, resources, and monitoring site visits for local child care providers, we ensure the integrity and quality of all our programs. The trainings offered can assist child care providers in working more closely with the families' of the children we serve, to ensure continuity of learning in both the home and school environments. We provide information to advance the skills of local educators and early childhood education professionals, enhancing their ability to inspire learning for Palm Beach County’s children.
The Provider Portal is a web-based system for local child care providers to submit information electronically to our Provider Services and Provider Payments departments. Providers submit their annual contracts, supporting documentation, and montly attendance rosters through the Provider Portal. The system supports these programs: School Readiness, Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK), and Children's Services Council (CSC) Scholarship.