Success by 6, a program of the United Way of Northeast Florida operated by the Early Learning Coalition of Duval, provides 2-year early learning grants for 3-year-olds to high-quality, accredited childcare centers. Success by 6 is a year-round program for families. If you have a child who turns 3 on or before Sept. 1 of the current year you may be eligible. When you apply for admission to Guardian Catholic, you will receive information regarding how to apply for Success by 6.
The state of Florida provides tuition, book and registration fees for children who are four years old by September 1. Parents must apply to the state for VPK and bring the Certificate of Eligibility to Guardian Catholic to initiate enrollment. The program is free to all Florida residents. Contact the Early Learning Coalition of Duval County, with offices at 5216 North Pearl Street, Jacksonville, FL 32208; 8301 Cypress Plaza Drive, Suite 201, 32256; and 5310 Lenox Avenue, #5, 32205. Their phone is 904-208-2044; or visit their website at www.elcofduval.org. You can also register your child online at home or wherever you have access to the internet and a document scanner. Log on to www.VPKDuval.org. See current year VPK Registration flier for more information.
The state of Florida also provides tuition and fees assistance to families who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch or based on income, and are enrolling a child in kindergarten through grade 8. You will pay Guardian Catholic the difference between whatever SUFS pays for your child and the actual cost of Guardian Catholic’s tuition and book fees. Registration fee is not covered by SUFS. Parents are responsible to apply for this scholarship through the SUFS website. Admission to Guardian Catholic is not complete until you have received an Award Letter from SUFS and brought a copy to the school office. To learn more, please visit www.stepupforstudents.org; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 877-735-7837.
Guardian Catholic is a provider for Extended Day Care through the School Readiness Program and accepts reimbursement from the ELC. Apply online by clicking on the School Readiness Program link at www.elcofduval.com. Parents of PK3 and PK4 students can apply these funds to charges for the PK Wraparound services provided by the school from 11:30-3:00 pm on school days.
The Guardian is a privately-funded scholarship which provides partial tuition assistance to families in financial need who do not qualify for any other scholarship but may still need financial help. Because these funds are limited, students who qualify for Success by 6, VPK or SUFS are not eligible for Guardian funding. You will receive information about how to create a FACTS account and apply for Grant & Aide during the Online Enrollment process.
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