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Early Learning Coalition Of Sarasota County


MISSION: To prepare children for lifelong success through quality early learning

VISION: Every child develops a strong foundation of learning in a community dedicated to ensuring all families have the necessary support to thrive and all children reach their full potential

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 more 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 scholarships for child care, please click here.

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

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 Fall 2016-17

For further VPK online registration
assistance, click here

VPK English Flyer
VPK Spanish Flyer
VPK Acceptable Documents

VPK Fall Provider List

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.

School Readiness and VPK Registration
Open Lobby hours:
9am to 4pm (Mon to Thurs)
2886-C Ringling Blvd
Sarasota, Fl 34237
By Telephone:
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


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