Early Learning Coalition of North Florida
2450 Old Moultrie Road, #103
St. Augustine, FL 32086
Phone: (904) 342-2267 x 203
Fax: (904) 342-2268
Text the word: ELCNF To: 21777
Hours of OperationMonday-Friday
As of July 1, 2013, two Early Learning Coalitions serving the six-county area of North Florida have merged to serve the most children possible. The merging of these coalitions should be seamless to our stakeholders, which means no change or disruption in services for children and families and no disruption in reimbursement for providers. What merging does mean is a stronger coordination of resources and streamlined management of programs and administration.
We have always been fortunate to have an active, involved board of directors that are fully committed to the pursuit of quality early education and care for our children. The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida (ELC) will maintain the same excellent representation on our Board of Directors and make this incredible transition to combine services into one contract, improve performance and utilize best practices in administering early education programs for the families of North Florida.
Beginning in 2005, Florida increased its investments in early learning with the implementation of the Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Program. However, access to School Readiness services for children of low -income working families has declined. Current School Readiness funding levels do not meet the needs of eligible children and families in Florida. In order to serve the 68,000 children on the statewide waiting list, with nearly 800 of those children here in North Florida, approximately $270 million in additional funding is required. With this merging in North Florida, we will do what we can to at least lessen the waiting list in our local communities.