Ensuring Quality Care for Our Children

The Coalition helps provide children with the best possible early education and high quality care by working closely with the childcare centers and family day care homes contracted with us.
 
Our dedicated team of Resource Specialists helps child care providers improve the quality of their programs and services. A Resource Specialist is assigned to each childcare provider contracted with the Coalition. The Resource Specialists help ensure children receive the best possible care by:
  • Making regular visits to their designated child care sites for monitoring and technical assistance.
  • Assisting directors and staff with developing and implementing curriculum.
  • Presenting model lessons in the classroom to help staff members improve their teaching skills.
  • Administering program evaluation tools such as Infant/Toddler, Early Childhood and Family Day Care environment rating scales when requested.
  • Working with childcare sites to develop parent involvement activities.

Other steps the Coalition takes to help ensure quality: 
  • Recognizing providers who earn and maintain Gold Seal status by paying them a certain percentage above the market rate.
  • Hosting monthly training sessions for child care providers on topics ranging from math in the preschool classroom to ten steps to positive discipline.
  • Awarding mini-grants to School Readiness providers to enhance their sites with books, children’s furniture and/or playground safety material and equipment.
  • Ensuring information transfers with a child if he/she moves to a different child care provider through the Early Childhood Screening Folder system. A child’s folder also follows him/her to the school district upon starting kindergarten.
  • Partnering with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for curriculum materials and classroom technical assistance.  

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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Child Care Resource and Referral services are available Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
772-595-6363

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