Early Learning Lasts a Lifetime
The children of Alachua County are one of our greatest resources. Their early experiences set the stage for their future success in school – and in life. At the Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County, we strive to make certain that children and families have access to the quality, affordable early learning programs and services necessary to better ensure their successful futures.
The Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County (ELCAC) serves as a resource to families and child care providers. Our mission is to ensure that all children in our community have the chance to participate in enriching opportunities that allow them to explore, create, play, and grow.
We know that children are actively learning wherever they are – at home, in early learning programs, and in their communities. Parents are undeniably children’s first and most important teachers. With this in mind, we work hard to maintain a quality early-learning system with programs that respect families’ individual needs.
School Readiness programs offer qualified parents the opportunity to access affordable, quality child care, allowing them to work and contribute to the community while being assured their children are safe and well cared for. Direct child care services are delivered through a comprehensive network of more than 100 contracted child care providers, including licensed centers, family child care homes, school-based programs, and faith-based programs throughout Alachua County.
As part of the School Readiness program, regular screenings and assessments help identify children who may have special needs and help parents address these needs early, giving children the best chance of success in school and life. Nearly 2,200 children and their families are served by School Readiness Programs in Alachua County each year.
Support to Childcare Providers is offered in a variety of ways including coaching, training, stipends, and classroom materials.