The Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County remains open, but is not accepting walk-ins at this time. If you need assistance with child care services, please call 352-375-4110 and our staff will assist you.

The ELCAC will hold an Executive Committee meeting on Friday, March 27th at 3pm. Due to COVID-19, the office is closed to the public but any individual who would like to join the meeting may do so by calling (605) 475-6333 and enter code 7422938.

Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County

The Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County About Our Organization

Our History

The Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County was created, along with 31 other Early Learning Coalitions across the state, by Florida State Statute 1002.83. (http://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2016/1002.83)

In addition to providing financial assistance for child care and school readiness, the ELC of Alachua is statutorily required to build a coalition of partners and advocates to coordinate local services for children from birth through kindergarten. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Providing Child Care Resource & Referral services
  • Providing Inclusion Warm-Line services
  • Determining child care financial assistance eligibility procedures
  • Implementing child performance standards
  • Providing child developmental health and/or academic development screening and assessment
  • Determining use of developmentally appropriate curricula
  • Ensuring health and safety requirements
  • Coordinating with statewide data system requirements
  • Participating in state initiatives to build and implement an optional quality rating and improvement system

Our Mission

To promote high-quality school readiness, voluntary pre-kindergarten, and after-school programs, thus increasing all children’s chances of achieving future educational success and becoming productive members of society.

Our Vision

Ready for School!

Ready for Life!

Our Values

Children– Children are at the heart of all we do. We believe that all children, regardless of circumstance, are capable of educational excellence and personal growth, and we are committed to ensuring school readiness and lifelong success for each one.

Community– We believe children are the future, and our community is an essential part of their road to success. By working together, we can promote education and support children as they become thriving, productive members of society.

Partnership– We value partnerships and are collaborative in all we do. We work closely with fellow service providers, families, corporations, elected officials, individuals, and the community at large to promote the importance of early learning and to secure educational opportunities for all children.

Advocacy – We are champions for children, promoting positive social and community change. Our staff and community partners are committed to advancing early care and education throughout Alachua County and share a passion and dedication to children.

Excellence – When it comes to early learning, quality matters. We are committed to providing support to our child care providers so that they can maintain high-quality programming that will further the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs of all children in our community.

Our Funding

Most of the Coalition’s investments are made possible through Federal grants, State funding, and local contributions. With this funding, ELCAC provides child care to eligible children and promotes best practices among early learning providers.

State revenues make up the balance of the Coalition’s budget and make it possible to offer every 4-year-old Alachua County child the opportunity to participate in the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program.

The Coalition takes very seriously its role as the steward of State, Federal and local funds targeted for the delivery of the Early Learning Programs (School Readiness and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten) in Alachua County. As such, the Coalition works to ensure that suspicions of possible fraud, misfeasance, misapplication of funds, gross mismanagement and employee/participant misconduct are handled in a swift manner. Click here (http://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2016/1002.91 for more details on the Florida Statute as it relates to suspected fraud.

Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County

Staff

Executive Office

EmployeeTitle
Jacki HodgesChief Executive Officer
Kelli WilliamsExecutive Assistant

Program Services Staff

EmployeeTitle
Rachel EubanksDirector of Programs
Sharon Archie-JonesProgram Assessment & Training Specialist
Allison MillettProgram Administrative Specialist
Cynthia KendrickChild Services Specialist
Marline McElhaneySR/VPK Monitoring Specialist
Sherry McMulen-BalchunSR & VPK Monitoring & Assessment Manager
Brandi ThomasProvider Contracts Coordinator
Katie WhiteTPD Lead Implementation Coach
Lexi LangieriTransformative Professional Development Coach

Finance/Operation/Reimbursement Staff

EmployeeTitle
Talonda JohnsonReimbursement Manager
Collette BatieReimbursement Specialist
Charles GoddardReimbursement Specialist
Linda GoettscheOperations Coordinator
Debbie NorrisFiscal Coordinator
Robin WillisFiscal Specialist II

Not sure who to contact?

Send us a message here: info@elcalachua.org

Family Services Staff

EmployeeTitle
Angela MooreDirector of Family Services
Velisaty BaberParent Support Specialist
Kimberly BrownParent Support Specialist
Tachelle FilerParent Support Specialist
Monnette GolfinParent Support Specialist
Michelle LundyParent Support Specialist
Jessica TisdaleEligibility Administrative Specialist
Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County