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Early Learning Coalition of Polk County

The Early Learning Coalition of Polk County is a not-for-profit agency focused on early education and care. The goal of the Coalition is to prepare all children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.
The ELC administers the VPK program for Polk County, visit their website to apply for your VPK certificate and learn more about how to select a VPK provider.
The School Readiness Program is also available through various participating child care providers. Eligibility is based on total family income and parents must be working or going to school. The program serves children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Fees are assessed based on a sliding fee scale. Hours of child care are determined by each child care provider.

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Child Care Assistance | Daycare - Infants & Toddlers | Preschool / Daycare for Ages 2 & Up | Youth Services
Head Start Preschool Program

Head Start is a federally funded preschool program centered on education, comprehensive health services, and parent leadership. Head Services are available from ages 3 – 5 when the child enters kindergarten.

Polk County Public Schools (PCPS) operates Head Start centers for low-income eligible families at schools throughout the county. The PCPS Head Start program locations for the school year are listed by area on their website. Student spaces per site are limited. Sites are subject to change every school year.

Child Care Assistance | Preschool / Daycare for Ages 2 & Up | Youth Services