Okaloosa-Walton Child Care Services, through funding from the Early Learning Coalition of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, offers financial assistance to eligible families so that they can obtain affordable, quality child care. Children birth through 9 years of age. Eligibility requirements are based on total family income with adults within the family employed or engaged in eligible work or education activity for at least 20 hours per week. To begin receiving School Readiness funding assistance, combined earnings, including all sources of income, may not exceed 150% of the Federal Poverty Level. Families may also be referred for child care funding assistance by appropriate community agencies.
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Local School Readiness funding is limited by the Agency for Workforce Innovation allocation of School Readiness funds determined yearly. Unfortunately, due to limited funding, funding is not always immediately available to families that qualify. If funds are not available families are placed on a waiting list and served as funds become available. For information concerning access to School Readiness funds you may call 833-9330 in Okaloosa County or 892-8560 in Walton County. For placement on the waiting list complete and submit this form: Income Eligible Wait List Application
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Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) services will provide you with important consumer information to assist with your child care program search.
A list of child care programs, (referrals) based on your individual child care needs, will be computer generated and sent to you for program selection purposes.
After visiting the programs and meeting the staff, you can then make an informed decision concerning selecting your child's program.
For CCR&R assistance call 833-9333 in Okaloosa County and 892-8560 in Walton County.
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Types of available child care programs: Click Here