Early Learning Coalition Of Sarasota County
The 2016 Giving Challenge was a huge success within our community!
We sincerely thank all of our early learning supporters!
2016 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community
Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened
by The Patterson Foundation, as well as support from
Manatee Community Foundation, John S. and James L Knight
Foundation, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, and
the Herald-Tribune Media Group.
To prepare children for lifelong success through quality early
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
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
scholarships for child care, please
Open Lobby hours:
9am to 4pm (Mon to Thurs)
2886-C Ringling Blvd
Sarasota, Fl 34237
By Telephone, E-mail, and Scheduled
Click Here for a
for parents to use to assess their early care and education site.
Please contact us for additional tools to use for selecting a
VPK Parent information page
here for the School Readiness Parent Redetermination page
ELC of Sarasota Board of Directors
meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm at the Landings.
Call for more information.