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Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend



Provide leadership and advocacy that builds a community where all children are prepared for success in school.

Who do you serve?

Headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida, the ELC proudly serves Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla county. A contracted partner with the State of Florida’s Office of Early Learning, the ELC is responsible for the administration of the School Readiness and Voluntary PreKindergarten programs.


Tallahassee, Florida


The ELC began operations as the Leon School Readiness Coalition in 2001 as required by the School Readiness Act- F.S. 411.01. In response to legislative requirements, the ELC has gone through several transitions, mergers as well as name changes and in 2005 expanded its service area to encompass the seven counties served today. Throughout this ELC’s history, the Board and staff have strived to provide a holistic service delivery system that is responsive to needs of families and communities while maintaining effective and efficient business practices supporting the following primary goals:

  1. Children are ready for success when they enter school; and
  2. Families have access to the quality child care services and assistance they need.

The ELC has a strong network of community partners and volunteers that are an integral component of the ELC’s service delivery system. Working with the community, the ELC is the catalyst working to help families be ready to work and children ready to learn.

Proudest Accomplishment

The ELC staff work everyday at effectively connecting approximately 7,000 children and their families to the early learning program that best meets the needs of the child and family. Working with a network of over 300 child care programs and local community partners, the ELC provides a comprehensive system of services including the following:

Family Services:

Child Services:

Provider/Teacher Services:

Greatest Need

1. Donate gently used children’s books appropriate for young children through our My First Books program. Used books can also be dropped off at any of the ELC office locations. The ELC is looking for civic groups and businesses as partners in supporting the “My First Books” project and will provide recognition to any corporate or group sponsorship by placing your logo and organization’s name on stickers on each book, as well as, advertising your logo and group name in ELC publications and social media sites. Current Collection Sites and Book Drive Partners:

2. View our profile and donate to us through 3. Donate funds to help provide an opportunity for a child to attend a quality preschool or afterschool program.  


  Please help us promote literacy, family together time, and success in school by giving the gift of reading today!

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