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Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County


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. 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
and Referral

  • Help families find quality and affordable child care
  • Connect families to other community programs and services
  • Parents may call 941-556-1600 extension 106
  • For provider services, call 941-954-4830 extension 224

Learn more…


Child Care Connection office
Open Lobby hours:
9am to 4pm (Mon to Thurs)
2886-D Ringling Blvd
Sarasota, Fl 34237
By Telephone, E-mail, and
Scheduled Appointment:
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
Located in The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center

ELC’s Child Care Connection office is moving on Wednesday, November 20th to our new office space at 6003 Honore, Suite 106, Sarasota , Florida 34238. We will be available by phone and have limited access to email on November 20th. On Thursday, November 21st, our offices will be closed. There will be very limited telephone coverage for a message about an urgent situation only. Those messages, however may not be returned until the following morning. We do expect that our CCC office will reopen on Friday, November 22nd in our new location with fully functioning telephone and e-mail systems.

Thank you for your patience during this transition.