The Coordinated Child Care of Pinellas is a private, nonprofit corporation that was designated as the Central Agency for School Readiness by the state of Florida in 1969. The agency provides early education services, as well as related school-age programs for children, families and employers. It develops a network of licensed, legal and subcontracted child care providers to care for eligible children. The Coordinated Child Care of Pinellas also helps to protect children at the risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation. The agency offers technical assistance, training and consulting services on issues related to child nutrition. It additionally builds partnerships with child care advocacy groups, coordinating organizations and research institutes at the national, state and local levels. The Coordinated Child Care of Pinellas assists families locate child care providers for school readiness and voluntary pre-kindergarten services. The agency s Child Care Resource & Referral of Pinellas program offers information and referral services for before- and after-school care programs.