Helping Your Child Adjust to Care

Feelings of fear and loss are very common during the transition time. Children and families feel the hardship of separating from one another, especially if this is a first-time early care and education experience.

Issues to Consider:
  • If you are leaving one provider or program and beginning another, be sure to allow yourself and your child time to say goodbye. Make sure you talk with the teachers or provider about a goodbye procedure that works for them and for your child.
  • Decide how you will stay in touch and be sure to follow through, even if it is just to send a postcard with a message from your child to his/her old teacher and classmates. 
  • Many children seem to adapt to a new place or provider quickly, then later have feelings of separation anxiety. Be patient with these changes, which can even include some “backsliding” in areas such as toilet training. Be calm and reassuring; your child will recover soon.
  • Your child may have disturbances in sleeping or eating patterns during this time.
  • Understand that it may take a few months for your child to adjust completely to a new situation.
  • Remember that infants between the ages of 7 to 12 months may experience a heightened stranger-anxiety phase, which makes separation more difficult (more crying or fussing). If you can stay with your baby for the first time or two, and be present while your baby becomes familiar with a new adult, it can be helpful.
  • Sometimes leaving a photo of yourself or the family is helpful for your child to have during the day.
  • Make sure the provider or teachers know how to reach you during the day. Sometimes a family member can reassure a child over the phone.
  • Be sure to say goodbye to your child before you leave at drop-off time. A firm, loving goodbye goes a long way to help your child to have a good day in early care and education!
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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