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.
Prospective providers can call the Coalition at 772-595-6424 and request an application packet be mailed to them or click on the application packet forms to download and print.
An application packet consists of:
  1. Provider application for contract status
  2. W-9
  3. Authorization agreement for Direct Deposit
  4. Sample Certificate of Liability – Provider should request that the insurance company makes the Early Learning Coalition a certificate holder
  5. New Provider School Readiness Checklist – Completed by Resource Specialist
  6. Emergency Evacuation Plan
  7. Sample contract
NOTE: Providers can also request a Child Care Rate Schedule when they call the Coalition for their packet

The completed packet can be mailed or hand delivered to:
The Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County
ATT: Fiscal Department
804 South 6th St.
Ft. Pierce, FL 34950
Once the Coalition has received the completed application and required supporting documentation, a meeting is arranged with the provider and a representative from the fiscal and program departments to review and discuss the School Readiness Provider contract. If the Provider expresses an interest in continuing with the process, a pre-contract site evaluation will be arranged utilizing the New Provider School Readiness Checklist.

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.



Change the First Five Years...

Glow Bowling Birthday Party

Join the folks at the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County for a Glow Bowling Birthday Party at Superplay in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday, July 31, from 7-9 PM. Your $10 admission includes two games of bowling and bowling shoes, birthday cake & lemonade, all to celebrate the 20th birthday of the Early Learning Coalition, in support of early childhood education, in St. Lucie County.

No bowling pledge sheets needed here as this is a P-A-R-T-Y not a bowl-a-thon, but you can bring the whole family out for glowingly great time.

We want you to party like it's 1999, which is when the ELC was established to promote early childhood education and administer the free Voluntary Pre-K program in Florida.

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 extensions have all remained the same.  Reach us at 772-595-6424.


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

Read to your kids every day!

St Lucie County Reads St Lucie County Reads

VROOM - there's an app for that!

Everyone has what it takes to help nurture their child's mind. Vroom turns everyday moments with your child into brain building moments!
Download the FREE Daily Vroom app for quick tips to turn your everyday routines into chances to help grow your child's brain! Available in iTunes and Google Play Store.