American Resource and Recovery Act (ARRA)

The Office of Early Learning (OEL) received $105 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) as stimulus funds.
  • $80 million will be distributed amongst the 31 coalitions statewide to subsidize additional children in the School Readiness program.
  • $13 million will be distributed to coalitions statewide for quality initiatives that help ensure children receive the best possible early education experience.
  • $12 million will be used to develop and implement ELLIS, a statewide database capturing families enrolled in coalition programs. ELLIS will replace the outdated database currently being used.
The Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County received $1,117.078 in ARRA dollars. At the same time, the state cut the School Readiness budget by $406,907. This amount will be replaced by ARRA funds. The net effect of these budget adjustments is $710,171 available to serve an additional 286 children per month over a 15-month period.
Although ARRA dollars do not have to be fully spent until September 30, 2011, any unused funds will revert to the state on June 30th of 2009 and 2010 and be redistributed to the coalitions that have a greater need to serve children. A local match is not required for the ARRA funds.



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.

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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  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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