We are the Champions of Early Childhood Education


Our mission is to provide quality child care and educational programs for eligible children. We open doors to success for young children through our programs and services, championing the importance of early childhood education. This includes Child Care Resources and Referrals for all families, free Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (up to 540 hours) for all 4-year-olds, and School Readiness Subsidized Child Care for birth to age 13.

By giving young children the opportunity to experience a quality early learning environment, we set 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."

ATTENTION PARENTS Sign up for free Voluntary Prekindergarten and School Readiness Services at the link below:

What is Voluntary Pre-k?
This free program helps insure ALL children are intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically ready to enter kindergarten! If your child is four years old on or before Sept. 1, 2019, you can apply online here, and select from several programs offering up to 540 hours of Pre-K education.
What is School Readiness Subsidized Childcare?
Parents who earn low to moderate income may qualify for financial assistance that will help pay a portion of the costs for early learning services for children BIRTH to kindergarten, and when funding allows, up to age 13. This is in addition to the free Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program, which offers up to 540 hours for the school year or 300 hours during the summer. program.

Open Registration for 2019 Voluntary Pre-K

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

Parents can sign their children up to participate at no charge in one of the VPK program options, by applying online at the Early Learning Coalition website, www.elcslc.org at the PARENT PORTAL, in the blue box located on the top righthand side of this webpage. To help answer your questions or concerns about Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK), team members from the Early Learning Coalition are available Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm 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, 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.


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.

ELCSLC 2017-2019 Coalition Plan

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



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

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