Provider Contracting

Partners in Early Learning

Benefits of becoming a School Readiness or Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Provider


Guaranteed payment from the Coalition for any child enrolled and attending.


Eligible for payment differentials!  The higher the quality of your program the higher the reimbursement you’ll get.


Parents who otherwise might not know about your child care program learn about it when they make their choice of a child care for their child.


High-quality professional development, technical assistance and curriculum supports.


Access to quality program grants exclusive to contracted providers.

All providers are encouraged to attend a new provider orientation. The orientation can be held virtually or in-person. Full guidance on program rules and requirements will be provided.

Request information on new provider contracting

The ELC maintains a database of all Osceola County child care providers regardless of contracting status. Families who contact us for provider information are given child care referrals that are customized to the criteria they submit. Results are generated based on family need and provider match criteria submitted by the family.

The information we give to families comes directly from information that providers report to us. Therefore, it is essential that providers notify us when there are changes to their programs by updating their EFSM provider portal account.

The ELC is charged with administering School Readiness (financial assistance for child care), Voluntary Prekindergarten, and Resource and Referral Programs.  As a new or existing provider, you receive free child care referrals by creating/updating your provider profile on the DEL Provider Services Portal. There are no charges or fees associated with a provider listing in the CCR&R database or for the unbiased referrals to your program.

Our Programs

School Readiness program is a state and federally funded child care tuition assistance program that helps families to pay child care prepares children to become ready for school, and assists families in becoming financially self-sufficient. Below are some links that will assist you further understand the program and its requirements.

The Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program is a State of Florida early education initiative, designed to provide a strong early learning foundation to all four-year-olds to ensure that they enter kindergarten fully prepared to succeed. Below are some links that will assist you further understand the program and its requirements.

The Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) program is a resource for early learning providers. The CCR&R database keeps a list of local child care, pre-kindergarten, and school-age programs.
When you complete your annual Provider Profile you become a part of this system.

You receive:

FREE advertising to families who need child care services that match the availability and services you have

Information about child care expansion opportunities

Resources, grants and professional development that support the quality early learning supports you provide

Provider Service PortalEducation and TrainingChild Care Food Program