About Us

Our Mission

The Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County is committed to providing a collaborative delivery system of quality child development programs and services to ensure our children become competent and productive individuals.

Our Vision

All of St. Lucie County's children achieve educational success and become productive members of society.

Our History

Legislation and determination have successfully driven the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County, Inc. since its humble beginnings as the School Readiness (SR) Coalition in 1999.

Community leaders spearheaded a grassroots effort to meet the needs of St. Lucie County’s young children while working with the requirements of School Readiness Statute 411 signed into law by Governor Jeb Bush.  SR Statute 411 created the SR Coalition and held it responsible for serving children birth - 5 in order to prepare them for kindergarten.  All prekindergarten programs in the St. Lucie County (SLC) School system and the subsidized childcare programs moved under the direction of the SR Coalition.

Key community leaders in St. Lucie County (SLC) combined efforts and helped prepare SLC with an independent yet effective system for delivering SR programs.  The program these community leaders developed served as the foundation for a curriculum addressing pre-academic skills, physical & mental health and parenting skills.  At the same time, they worked towards enhancing the quality of preschool programs, creating a seamless system of childcare and providing school readiness services on a full day, full year basis.

In 2005 the School Readiness Coalition transitioned into the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County (ELC).  All services, once contracted to several agencies under the SR Coalition, were brought in-house.  It was also in 2005 that Governor Bush signed into law a bill calling for the Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) to be available to every eligible 4 year old child at no cost to parents.  

To this day, the ELC continues to successfully provide families with all services.  We continue to honor the original visionaries of the School Readiness Coalition by continuing to provide quality early learning and school readiness experiences for children birth - 5 through our School Readiness and Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs.

Early Learning Coalition Temporary Location

The Coalition is now operating in temporary space provided by the CareerSource of the Research Coast. The address for public access to our office is 584 NW University Blvd, SUITE 350, Port St. Lucie, FL. 

Due to limited space, appointments are limited to one parent per appointment.  Parents, please arrange for appropriate care for your children during your appointment time. 

Office of Early Learning (OEL) Statewide Information System Upgrade

The Family Portal and Provider Services Portal may see service interuptions while the Office of Early Learning (OEL) Statewide Information System(SIS) is undergoing an upgrade.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  

Parents please contact Family Services at 772-595-6424 with any questions.

Providers please contact your Resource Specialist with any questions.


The Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County, Inc. office will be closed for the holidays from Monday, December 24 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Our office will re-open with regular office hours of 8:00 am - 5:00 pm on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
Our best wishes to the families of St. Lucie County for a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanza and New Year!
During our closure, if you have a child care emergency and need to search for a provider or you wish to report child abuse or neglect you can do so, online at www.myflfamilies.com.  If you are in need community referrals, please contact 211.
Private Sector Board Member Vacancies.  Please click on the link below for more information.