Over 20 years ago, the School Board of Alachua County began to collaborate with other child care providers in the community. Based on the belief that all children would eventually come to the school, the first initiatives allowed the school system to share resources with subsidized child care programs. Then, in 1983, in conjunction with a major Head Start expansion initiative, the school board applied for a local option to allow them to contract for services with the central agency for subsidized child care — Child Care Resources, Inc. Full-day care through a subcontract with this agency was piloted with 50 children and has grown and improved over time.
Two other options for full-day care have recently begun. Head Start classes, which operate six hours per day, began offering additional hours of care (through a non-Head Start provider) about three years ago; and two sequential family child care demonstration programs began in 1990 and 1993.