How to Become a School Readiness Provider

What Is A Contracted Childcare Provider?

Contract status through the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County is awarded based on completion of an application, submission of required documents and obtaining a satisfactory score on the New Provider School Readiness Checklist.

Your responsibilities as a Contracted Provider
  • Maintain compliance with all licensing requirements of the Department of Children and Families (DCF)
  • Attend mandatory monthly meetings to keep abreast of current information
  • Keep accurate records of children attending your site, including health exams and shot records
  • Maintain accurate attendance information by utilizing a Sign In / Sign Out log for parents/guardians
  • Submit accurate monthly attendance information regarding children in the program
  • Work with Coalition staff when they call or visit your site
  • Attend training sessions provided by the Coalition

Our Responsibilities as the Local Early Learning Coalition
  • Implement the School Readiness Program which prepares children for success in school
  • Provide technical support to providers caring for children in the program
  • Offer health screenings to the children in the program
  • Support Inclusion Services that encourage providers to expand their childcare capabilities
  • Provide the assistance of an Early Childhood Resource Specialist to support childcare programs
How to Become a School Readiness Provider
Providers on record with the DCF are encouraged to participate in the School Readiness Program. This includes all licensed, registered and faith-based child care providers in St. Lucie County.
Provider applications are now submitted completely online at this link:
If a provider meets all Coalition criteria and successfully completes the application process, the Coalition will offer a contract as long as they are in good standing with the Department of Children and Families.



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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