Preparing Your Child

Families know their children best. A child’s temperament, age and prior early care and education experience can help families figure out the best way to prepare him/her for a new early care and education experience.
Here are some ways to make the transition easier for any child. Remember that children feel more secure and comfortable with people and places they have seen before.
  • Visit the program or provider with your child at least once before care is to begin. Ideally, let your child meet the teachers or provider, play with the other children and explore the rooms. 
  • If you are unable to visit, drive by the program a few times before care begins, so you can show your child the location and area. 
  • Ask the teacher or provider how they transition children into the program. If possible, start your child slowly with several partial days of care, rather than beginning with a full day of care.
  • Explain to your child what will happen on the first few days. Ask the teacher or provider about daily schedules, special activities, etc., so you can tell your child what to expect. 
  • Talk to your child about his/her feelings and try to be reassuring if your child displays any signs of anxieties. 
  • Read books with your child on the topic of starting new early care and education. 
  • Always say goodbye to your child and be sure to tell him/her who will pick him/her up and at what time.
  • Take some photographs of your family, pets, and home to the provider so that your child can find comfort in them in his/her new surroundings. 
  • Talk to other families who have recently transitioned their child into care for ideas that have worked for them and their children. 
  • If you are expecting a baby, try to establish your baby’s care well before the due date. 
  • Greet your child warmly and happily at the end of each day.

Adapted from Beansprout 2002



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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