Tips for Selecting Care for an Infant

A family should look for the following when selecting care for an infant:
  • Play areas are comfortable. Babies can lie or be held and read to. 
  • Space is arranged so children can enjoy moments of quiet play by themselves, have ample space to roll over and move freely, and can crawl toward interesting objects. 
  • Visual displays, such as mobiles are oriented toward the infant’s line of sights and effects are clearly visible when baby is lying on her back. 
  • Sturdy cardboard, cloth, and/or vinyl books are available to baby. Babies are read to. 
  • Toys provided are responsive to the actions: variety of grasping toys that require different types of manipulation; a varied selection of skill-development materials, including nesting and stacking materials, activity boxes, and containers to be filled and emptied; a variety of balls, bells, and rattles. 
  • Toys are scaled to a size that enables infants to grasp, chew and manipulate them (clutch balls, rattles, teethers, and soft washable dolls and play animals). 
  • Adults periodically move infants to a different spot (from the floor to an infant seat, from the seat to a stroller, etc.) to give babies different perspectives and reasonable variety in what they are able to look at and explore. 
  • As infants become mobile equipment is offered that promotes free movement and testing of large-muscle skills and coordination.
Infant Functions
  1. Reaching – activity box, crib gym, etc.
  2. Climbing – pillows, foam cushions, indoor slides, etc. 
  3. Pushing – popper, mower, market basket, stroller, boxes, etc. 
  4. Pulling – stringed pull toys, wagons, etc. 
  5. Grasping – clutch balls, beanbags, rattles, small blocks, etc. 
  6. Touching – textured items, feely books, water play, etc. 
  7. Turning – activity boxes, toys with turning knobs, etc. 
  8. Cause and effect – pop up flip box, jack-in-the-box 
  9. Target experience – shape sorter, stacking rings, giant pegs and peg boards 
  10. Reading exploration – cloth books, hard cardboard books, plastic books, etc 
  11. Looking – mobiles which are safely out of reach, hand held mirrors, pictures, action toys, bright colorful wall hangings within eye contact of infant, etc. 
  12. Talking – dolls, telephones, puppets, pictures, photographs, etc. 
  13. Listening – records and/or tapes with record/tape player, music boxes, rattles, squeak toys, etc.
* Information based on NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Developmentally Appropriate Practices and CCC Provider Assessment



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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