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, along with 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:

Administration
The Chief Executive Officer leads the Coalition’s team,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.   

Childcare Resource and Referral (CCR&R)
A team of two state certified Childcare 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.

Fiscal
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.  

Program 
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. 

Spotlights

VPK and SCHOOL READINESS ASSISTANCE

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...

Office Closed for Labor Day holiday

 
The Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County, Inc. office will be closed for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 2, 2019. Our office will re-open with regular office hours of 8:00 am - 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
 
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.
 

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 extensaions remain the same. Reach us at 772-595-6424.

 
 

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