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 in its 13th 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 6:00 pm at 6003 Honore Ave., Suite 106, Sarasota. Some months there is not a meeting so please call to confirm. For ELC Board workgroup meetings (Budget and Finance/Governance Committee or other workgroups): check calendar for posted dates and times. Please contact the ELC with any questions.
Free Child Care Resource
- Help families find quality and affordable child care
- Connect families to other community programs and services
• Technical assistance for current providers on enhancing services
• Information about starting a new program for potential providers
• Assist providers with questions about the VPK and School Readiness programs
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or
call 941-556-1600 ext. 106
ELC Child Care Connection Office
By Telephone, E-mail, and
Open Lobby hours:
Note: Temporarily suspended due to COVID
9am to 4pm (Mon to Thurs)
Friday-by appointment as needed
6003 Honore Avenue
Sarasota, Florida 34238
Early Learning Coalition Of
Sarasota County Administrative Office
1750 17th Street, Building L
Sarasota, Florida 34234
Located in The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center
The ELC’s Child Care Connection office has moved to 6003 Honore Avenue, Suite 106, Sarasota , Florida 34238. Our contact information and office hours remain the same.