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Our Children Are Our Future

Welcome to the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County’s website. Our mission is to provide quality child care and educational programs for eligible children. We accomplish our mission by “Opening Doors for Young Children” through our programs and services.
 
By giving young children the opportunity to experience a quality early learning environment, the Coalition sets the stage for them to become ready for, and ultimately, successful in school. At-risk preschoolers who attend a quality early learning program are less likely to need a special education class, are on grade level with peers who come from enriching environments, are more likely to graduate from high school, and are more likely to enter the workforce.
 
At the same time, families have the opportunity to become financially self-sufficient because parents can remain employed or continue as a full time student while their children receive quality care, rather than staying home to care for the children themselves. They go to work or school with the peace of mind that comes from knowing their children are in a safe and nurturing environment which helps them perform better in their jobs or classes.  
 
Our Coalition works diligently to ensure children receive the highest quality early learning services possible. We are part of a statewide network of 31 coalitions addressing legislation and other issues that impact our children.
 
Early Learning Coalitions were created in 1999 by the Florida legislature to provide local oversight and decision making for the early learning services for children birth to 5 years old. Our board is comprised of 21 dedicated individuals. Members represent the business sector, the local public school district, private preschools, the local state college, the Department of Health and the Department of Children and Families. Together, board members use their expertise to address the education and well-being of the “whole child”.

COALITION OFFICE HOLIDAY CLOSING

 
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.

Open Registration for 2019 Voluntary Pre-K

Registration for the 2019-2020 Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) Program will open on January 1, 2019 through the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County’s online enrollment.  The FREE program is open to children residing in Florida who will be four years of age on or before September 1, 2019.

Children are entitled to participate at no charge for one of the VPK program options, by applying online at the Early Learning Coalition website, www.elcslc.org or through the state portal at https://familyservices.floridaearlylearning.com.   To help answer your questions or concerns about Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK), team members from the Early Learning Coalition are available Monday through Friday, from 8:00am until 5:00pm by calling 772-595-6363. 

Families who need computer access for registration may complete their enrollment through the computer portals at the office of the Early Learning Coalition, according to Early Learning Coalition Executive Director Tony Loupe. Selected childcare providers will also have computers available for registration.

Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) is a legislatively mandated program that is designed to prepare every four-year-old in Florida for kindergarten and build the foundation for their educational success.  The VPK program gives each child an opportunity to perform better in school and throughout life with quality programs that include high literacy standards, accountability, appropriate curricula, substantial instruction periods, manageable class sizes and qualified instructors.

Online application will require uploading required documents, including:  

1. Your child’s birth certificate and 

2. A proof of residence (Examples include: water bill, electric bill, lease, vehicle registration, any government document with current address)

For questions, please call the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County at 772-595-6363 or 772-595-6424.

 

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 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.

Early Childhood Conference Feb. 2

All St. Lucie County Early Education educators are invited to join the Early Learning Coalition for a FREE Early Childhood Conference on Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM, brought to you by your friends at ELC, St. Lucie Public Schools Early Childhood Department, ALPI Community Action Partnership and the Children's Services Council of St. Lucie County.
 
This year's conference, Links to Literacy, will focus on language and literacy, chock full of informational break-out sessions and featuring Keynote Speaker Tony Chaidez, from Lakeside Learning.  Teachers will receive vendor freebies, lunch, opportunities for raffle prizes and a wealth of information.  Registration begins January 7th.  Watch this space for details.

Happy Holidays from the Early Learning Coalition

ELCSLC 2017-2019 Coalition Plan

We are soliciting and welcoming public input on our local SR Coalition Plan.

Open Registration for VPK