Our Team

As the Coalition’s responsibilities grew throughout the years, so did the team behind our success. Initially, the executive director and a board of 25 community leaders administered Coalition activities. Coalition business is now carried out by 23 team members and up to 19 board members. The chief executive officer leads a seasoned management team as well as child care resource and referral specialists, eligibility specialists, fiscal assistants, data/contract specialists, resource specialists,  administrative assistant and receptionist. These valuable employees comprise five departments:

The Chief Executive Officer leads the Coalition’s team of hardworking team members. The CEO is supported by the Operations/HR Manager, Community Development Manager and the Administrative Assistant. Administration handles assignments including contracts, human resources, state and federal legislation, and regulatory compliance.   

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R)
A team of two state certified Child Care Resource and Referral Specialists answer an average of 4,000 calls per month. They help parents with questions ranging from how to get financial assistance for childcare to what services are available to help them meet their family’s individual needs. These specialists provide many parents with information about child care sites in their area , supply lists of child care providers in zip code order and educate parents about choosing quality childcare.         

Eligibility for School Readiness (SR) and Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK)  
Four Eligibility Specialists, supervised by the Director of Family  Services, meet with families and guide them through the eligibility process for the School Readiness program. They work with parents to determine eligibility for subsidized childcare services. The Eligibility Specialists also help parents enroll their children in the FREE VPK program. They ensure children are eligible by reviewing all necessary documentation and provide parents with VPK certificates for their children’s admittance into the program. A list of VPK providers is given to parents so they may choose an appropriate site for their children.

The fiscal team works together to ensure the Coalition receives state and federal funds in a timely manner; provides monthly and annual financials to state and local agencies for grant awards; accurately reimburses contracted providers for child care services; educates potential providers about the contracting process; tracks local match status; and handles accounts payable/accounts receivable. This department consists of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the Lead Fiscal Specialist, a Fiscal/Monitoring Specialist, and two Data/Contract specialists.  

Five Resource Specialists and the Director of Programs comprise the program department. Resource specialists are experienced early education professionals who provide technical assistance to contracted providers. They support and nurture providers so Coalition children receive the best possible early education services. 



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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Child Care Resource and Referral services are available Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

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