Board Openings

There are two private sector seat openings on the Board of Directors at this time, as well as a vacant position on our Board for a representative of faith-based child care providers. Below is a list of responsibilities and roles for Board members.
 
There is one gubernatorial appointment seat vacancy. If you are interested in joining the Coalition’s Board of Directors, please contact Tony Loupe, Chief Executive Officer, at 772-595-6424.  
 
Responsibilities of Early Learning Coalitions
 
Coalitions were created to oversee and improve the readiness and successful outcomes of children from birth to kindergarten age in the community (F.S. 1002). The governor appoints the Chair and two additional private sector members. A maximum of 19 members may serve on the Coalition board.
 
Board Roles 
  • Establish strategic direction
  • Ensure resources are available
  • Provide oversight/accountability
  • Ensure legal and ethical operations - Government in the Sunshine
     
Basic Responsibilities
  • Determine mission and purpose
  • Select, evaluate, and support the executive director
  • Ensure effective organizational planning
  • Ensure adequate resources
  • Manage resources effectively
  • Determine, monitor, and strengthen the Coalition’s programs and services
  • Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability
  • Recruit and orient new board members and assess board performance
  • Provide outreach and advocacy for Coalition’s mission  
 
Personal Characteristics Desired
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize information, work well in groups and listen to the thoughts and opinions of others
  • Willingness to leverage relationships in personal and professional spheres of influence to further the work of the Coalition
  • Willingness to work and problem solve with individuals of diverse backgrounds and ethnicity demonstrating mutual respect  Respect for and adherence to governing laws of the Coalition
  • Friendliness, responsiveness, honesty, integrity, and a sense of humor are paramount 
     
Early Learning Coalition Board Member Expectation Statement
  • Attend board meetings, special committee meetings, special events as appropriate
  • Be knowledgeable and informed of the Coalition’s mission, vision and overall purpose
  • Review the agenda and supporting materials prior to the meetings and contribute positively to the discussion
  • Become familiar with the Bylaws and follow them
  • Recognize that the only employee of the board is the executive director; the executive director directs the activities of the staff
  • Become knowledgeable about the field of early care and education and the importance of quality experiences birth to five
  • Serve as an ambassador promoting the work of the Coalition
  • Abide by a code of ethics and Government in the Sunshine laws
  • Exercise fiduciary oversight by reviewing financial information and asking relevant questions
  • Participate in an annual self-assessment for board members

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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