Help with fees

Need help with your childcare fees?

Here are a few handy tips about how you can get help with your childcare fees.

  • Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)
  • School Readiness Program

Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) is a free program aimed to prepare four-year-old children for kindergarten and build the foundation for their educational success. VPK is available to all four-year-olds born on or before September 1 who reside in Florida, regardless of family income.

Parents may enroll their child with us in the following program:

School Year Program

540 instructional hours

Class sizes do not exceed 20 students
Instructors have a minimum of a Child Development Associate for the school year program (now referred to as the Birth to Five Florida Child Care Professional Credential)

Our class are 3 hours per weekday 9am - 12noon

We do not charge a registration fee or require parents to pay any fees during the VPK hours.

If you wish for your child to stay for the afternoons we do charge a wrap-around fee along with a registration fee.

For further information and how to register please see the ELC website:

VPK Enrollment

or phone: (941) 757-2900


We are enrolling now! 

School Readiness child care funding is available to eligible families to assist them in obtaining affordable, high quality child care. Children are eligible from birth through 12 years of age.

If you and your family meet the below eligibility criteria, you may qualify for child care funding either through a referring agency or by applying to the ELC wait list:

1.Parents or guardians that receive cash assistance for the family or for the relative children

2.Children under Protective Services or in foster care – regardless of income

3.Families receiving assistance through Salvation Army, HOPE, Community Haven, Easter Seals, or Manatee Children’s Services Kinship Program – regardless of income

4.Children living in a low-income family where parent/guardian work or attend school at least 20 hours per week.

See income table below:


Maximum Allowable Family Income for
School Readiness Funding in Manatee County

# of Persons in Family Maximum Annual Income
2 $ 23,595
3 $ 29,685
4 $ 35,775
5 $ 41,865
6 $ 47,955
7 $ 54,045
8 $ 60,135
9 $ 66,225
10 $ 72,315

For further information please contact the ELC:

School Readiness

Phone: (941)757-2900