By carefully selecting a quality child care or preschool program, you are choosing the type of program which is most likely to support your childís positive growth and development. Child Care Resource and Referral counselors can help you find a program to accommodate your familyís needs and will also help you to determine if you are eligible for assistance in paying for child care.
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Head Start is a comprehensive preschool program for 3 and 4 year olds. Children must be 3 or 4 by September 1 to qualify. Children participate in a variety of educational activities, and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a safe setting. They also receive free medical and dental care, have healthy meals and snacks. Families must meet income eligibility guidelines. This program operates from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. year round. Limited "Wrap Around" services are available for working parents. Transportation within a service area may be provided.
PREKINDERGARTEN EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM
Students must be 3 or 4 years old by September 1 to qualify and must meet free lunch guidelines. Children participate in a variety of educational activities, have healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors. At least one parent of each child must be working or participating in the Work and Gain Economic Self-sufficiency Program (WAGES). The program operates for at least 6Ĺ hours. School bus transportation is provided to school based sites when available. "Wrap Around" child care services are available at some sites for families that meet subsidized child care eligibility requirements. This program is developmental, serves as a preventive measure for children at risk of educational failure and enhances the educational readiness of all children. Services are provided to identify and meet the special needs of children.
SUBSIDIZED CHILD CARE PROGRAM
This program is available through various participating centers and family day care homes. Eligibility is based on total family income and parents must be working. The program serves children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Children participate in a variety of educational activities which include indoors and outdoors play in a safe setting. Fees are assessed on a sliding fee scale. The hours of operation are determined by the child care provider.
BEFORE & AFTER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
This school-age program is designed to offer services to students enrolled in Brevard County Public Schools both before and after school in their own school setting. Each school offers a variety of enrichment activities according to the availability and interest of area and children. Nutritional snacks are provided. Fee assistance is available for eligible parents.
Contact Child Care Resource & Referral counselors for additional information at 634-3514. There are no eligibility requirements to receive free Resource and Referral services.
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Community Child Care Coordinating Agency for Brevard County
Titusville, FL 32780-7707
Cocoa, FL 32922-7996
Melbourne, FL 32901-7121
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