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.
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
Coalitionprovides administration andoversight 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
Parents are given information and options for finding quality
Children are provided age appropriate developmental screenings
Child Care providers are offered a wide range of services to
create and maintain high quality child care and preschool
·Variety of educational resources on child development and early
literacy are provided.
information on Coalition services, including Child Care
Resource and Referral services that offer a customized
listing of child care sites and community resources,
Voluntary Prekindergarten ( VPK) or information on
scholarshipsfor child care, please click here.