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 ELLIS will replace the outdated database currently being used.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.



Change the First Five Years...

Glow Bowling Birthday Party

Join the folks at the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County for a Glow Bowling Birthday Party at Superplay in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday, July 31, from 7-9 PM. Your $10 admission includes two games of bowling and bowling shoes, birthday cake & lemonade, all to celebrate the 20th birthday of the Early Learning Coalition, in support of early childhood education, in St. Lucie County.

No bowling pledge sheets needed here as this is a P-A-R-T-Y not a bowl-a-thon, but you can bring the whole family out for glowingly great time.

We want you to party like it's 1999, which is when the ELC was established to promote early childhood education and administer the free Voluntary Pre-K program in Florida.

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 extensions have all remained 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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