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Publication #FCS2188c

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: School and Educational Assistance1

Maisie Ross, Larry Forthun, Millie Ferrer-Chancy, and Angela Falcone2

Goal: To provide information about education and after-school care assistance to grandfamilies who are residents of Florida.

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Early Childhood Education—School Readiness Program

If you are working, volunteering, or otherwise unable to care for younger grandchildren throughout the day, you may find it difficult to find quality child care. Florida's School Readiness program was created to address this need. Each community in the state is required to have an Early Learning Coalition that provides a placement office to assist parents and grandparents in finding quality child care and early education. The early learning office can also provide information about how to obtain financial assistance if you are unable to pay for child care on your own. Because eligibility and options may vary, you must call your local office for details. Visit the Early Learning Coalition website at for a directory of local offices; or call the Agency for Workforce Innovation's Office of Early Learning Child Care Resource Referral Network at 1-866-357-3239 for assistance.

Head Start and Early Head Start are early education programs for children up to age five. They are child-focused programs aimed at increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families. For more information, call your local Head Start Center or visit the Florida Head Start website at

Public School

You may have to have custody of your grandchildren to enroll them in public school. Each school district has its own requirements, so it is best to call the school before you attempt to enroll your grandchild.

Registering your grandchild in public school is an important task. You need to have several documents with you to register your grandchild for public school. You need to show proof of the following:

  • your residence;

  • your grandchild's date of birth;

  • your grandchild's record of immunizations and physical exams;

  • custody documentation (or other proof of guardianship as required by the school district); and

  • any previous school records.

If your grandchild has attended public school before, these documents may be on file at his or her previous school.

After-School Care for School-Age Children

If you continue to work while raising your grandchild, you may be faced with the possibility of needing after-school care. The following places may offer after-school care in your area:

  • schools;

  • boys and girls clubs;

  • YMCA;

  • place of worship;

  • parks and recreation department;

  • private centers; and

  • nonprofit organizations.



This document, adapted from the 2002 version of FCS2188, is FCS2188c, one of a series of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date August 2009. Revised March 2017. Visit the EDIS website at


Maisie Ross, Extension agent III, UF/IFAS Extension Palm Beach County; Larry Forthun, associate professor, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences; Millie Ferrer-Chancy, professor emeritus; and Angela Falcone, former FYCS graduate student; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county's UF/IFAS Extension office.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.