Child Care Resource & Referral at a Glance

Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) is a FREE community service offering information and referral services to all families who are seeking:
  • Quality child care information
  • Summer and holiday child care solutions
  • Child care services for a special needs child
  • Financial assistance options
CCR&R also assists in the recruitment, startup and support of providers, while promoting quality, availability and affordability of existing services in the community.

CCR&R makes referrals only, not recommendations. We do not warrant the information provided. We do not license, endorse or recommend any particular provider, nor can we assure a program gives quality child care.
Who Can Benefit from CCR&R?
CCR&R is available to parents, guardians, employers and childcare providers.
CCR&R is part of the statewide Child Care Resource and Referral Network funded by the Florida Office of Early Learning (FOEL). 
Other Services of CCR&R
  • Operation: Military Child Care (OMCC) is a Department of Defense initiative to support the child care needs of military parents who are mobilized or deployed in support of the global war on terrorism. 
  • Providing data for child care planning advocacy and training. 
  • Serving as a speaker's bureau and a resource to educate the community and parents about the need and recognition of quality early care and education programs.
  • Disseminating parenting information at community functions and public awareness events.
  • Assisting businesses with their employees' child care needs and work/family programs. 
  • Implementing and enforcing a complaint policy and procedure.
How to Request CCR&R Services

The CCR&R office maintains a database of all legally operating childcare providers in St. Lucie County. It includes providers which are licensed, license-exempt, faith based, registered family child care homes and non-traditional child care entities.    
  • Parents can contact CCR&R to request a customized, unbiased computer generated list of early care services by calling 772-595-6363 or
  • Visit our office at 5000 Dunn Road in Fort Pierce, during office hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to  5 p.m.
Parents can schedule a 20 minute interview with our CCR&R Specialists. During the interview, you will have the opportunity to ask specific questions regarding childcare and early childhood education options.
In addition, parents can find out how to access financial assistance, locate referrals to social service organizations, and obtain a customized list of childcare services meeting the parent’s needs, all personailized to your needs. This list can be e-mailed, mailed, faxed or picked up at the Coalition office.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)'s is a resource for families. It includes articles, blogs, accredited childcare sites and general information about child growth and development.



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

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