About Us

Our Mission

We are 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.

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.

We currently have two Private Sector Board Member Vacancies and one Representative of Faith-based Providers Vacancy.  Please click on the link below for more information.



Wait-list for School Readiness Program

The Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County will activate a School Readiness wait-list, effective Tuesday 7/9/2019 at 11: 59:00 pm, in order to focus efforts on EFS Modernization true-up for the fiscal year ending 6/30/2019. All applications received prior to this date and time will be processed accordingly. The Coalition expects the true-up process to be completed by mid-August, at which time, we  expect to begin pulling from the wait-list and continuing enrollment efficiently.  
The wait-list applies to the School Readiness Subsidized Childcare Program only and does not affect application for enrollment to the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program currently underway.

Change the First Five Years...

Glow Bowling Birthday Party

Join the folks at the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County for a Glow Bowling Birthday Party at Superplay in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday, July 31, from 7-9 PM. Your $10 admission includes two games of bowling and bowling shoes, birthday cake & lemonade, all to celebrate the 20th birthday of the Early Learning Coalition, in support of early childhood education, in St. Lucie County.

No bowling pledge sheets needed here as this is a P-A-R-T-Y not a bowl-a-thon, but you can bring the whole family out for glowingly great time.

We want you to party like it's 1999, which is when the ELC was established to promote early childhood education and administer the free Voluntary Pre-K program in Florida.

We've moved to our new permanent office!

We've moved our office to a NEW, PERMANENT, MORE CONVENIENT location! Our new office is on the Third Floor of the Treasure Health Building, 5000 Dunn Road, in Fort Pierce (on the corner of Midway Road and Dunn) with regular office hours of 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. 

Our phone numbers and extensions have all remained the same.  Reach us at 772-595-6424.


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