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Early Learning Coalition Of Sarasota County

MISSION: The Early Learning Coalition provides access to the highest quality early education resources and family support to ensure that children are ready for learning and ready for life.

VISION: ELC will provide the definitive standards for local early learning resources so that all families in our community, through access to high quality learning, can have the support they need for their children to thrive.

OVERVIEW: The Early Learning Coalition provides administration and oversight of the local, integrated system of early education for preschool age children in Sarasota County, ensuring quality childcare and early learning programs, family access to services, and positive outcomes for young children. The ELC serves over 4000 children and assists 200 providers annually.

The Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County was originally incorporated in May 2000 as the School Readiness Coalition of Sarasota County, Inc., as a   501 c (3) non-profit organization. Legislation outlines the responsibilities for Early Learning Coalitions across the state including oversight for the delivery of local early education services, establishes thresholds for spending categories, including an administrative cap of 5%, and determines the composition of its Board of Directors.  Our local Coalition currently administers a program of $11 million of local, state and federal funds. that are used to:

  • Parents are given information and options for finding quality child care
  • Children are provided age appropriate developmental screenings and assessments
  • Child Care providers are offered a wide range of services to create and maintain high quality child care and preschool learning environments

·      Variety of educational resources on child development and early literacy are provided.

For Child Care Resource and Referral services, that offers a customized listing of child care sites and community resources or for information on scholarships for child care, please click here for the Coalition’s Child Care Connection office location and contact information.

Click Here for a Quality Checklist for parents to use to assess their early care and education site. Please contact us for additional tools to use for selecting a setting.

Click here for the VPK Parent information page

Click here for the School Readiness Parent Redetermination page 

VPK Registration for the 15-16
School Year Begins March 26th!


Instructions for Parents  Frequently Asked Questions

VPK Acceptable Documents List

VPK Online Registration Demo Video

For further VPK online registration
assistance, click here


Click here for A Family Guide to
Quality Early Learning Programs

ELC of Sarasota Board of Directors meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm at the Landings.

Call for more information.

Early Learning Coalition Of Sarasota County
1750 17th Street, Building L
Sarasota, Florida  34234
(941) 954-4830


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