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Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County

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Early Learning Coalition Overview

The Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County is the community’s one-stop resource for information about early learning experiences in Sarasota County.

Through its leadership and a focus on its mission to prepare children for lifelong success through quality early learning, the ELC of Sarasota County works collaboratively to ensure that:

  • All children receive high-quality care and learning
  • All families have the support they need for their children to succeed
  • All children are ready for their academic and lifelong success

Our services are provided within what is called a Two-Generation framework where we provide resources and support for both the child and the parents to succeed. Our work helps to ensure that young children are ready for Kindergarten and thus supports our community’s Grade Level reading campaign.

We also work with local community child care/early education programs to ensure that they are offering high quality early learning environments. We administer our local Look for the Stars program, a 5-star rating system now entering its 10th year.

Early learning experiences are critical for lifelong success because the majority of brain development occurs in early childhood and those early learning experiences impact children for a lifetime.


Public Notice: ELC of Sarasota Board of Directors typically meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm at the Landings. Some months there is not a meeting so please call to confirm.  ELC Board workgroup meetings are scheduled as follows: The Communications workgroup meets on the third Friday of the month at 1;30pm at the ELC office. The ELC Governance Committee meets jointly with the Budget and Finance Committee on the third Friday of each month at  8:30am at Capstan Financial Group at 238 S. Washington Blvd.
Please contact the ELC with any questions.

School Readiness and VPK Registration
Open Lobby hours:
9am to 4pm (Mon to Thurs)
2886-C Ringling Blvd
Sarasota, Fl 34237
By Telephone, E-mail, and Scheduled
Friday, 9-11am
Phone: 941-556-1600

Early Learning Coalition Of
Sarasota County
Administrative Office

1750 17th Street, Building L
Sarasota, Florida 34234
(941) 954-4830