Early Learning for Families

Quality Care Matters

What is Early Learning?

Early learning is so much more than just daycare or babysitting! Early learning or early education is used to describe programs that provide education for children outside their own home before kindergarten. Parents are undeniably children’s first and most important teachers, but young children need meaningful learning opportunities to develop skills, a sense of self, and foundation for learning throughout life. Children who participate in early learning programs develop a love for learning, and the families benefit too!

Interested in learning more about how to help your child grow and learn as well as get parent tips along the way, then check out the Division of Early Learning (OEL) “Parent Pages.”   Click here to view the latest month.

Choosing the Right Child Care Facility

At the Early Learning Coalition, we understand the importance of quality child care programs.

Find a program that is best suited to match your family’s needs by looking as far in advance as you can. Visit the facilities you are considering because choosing a child care provider, Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) provider, early education or after school program for your child is essential.

To help answer your questions and concerns about child care, Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) or other related topics and/or have information mailed to you, staff are available Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 4:00pm at 321-219-6300.

Resources for parents
A Family Guide for Selecting Quality Early Learning ProgramsA Quality Checklist for Evaluating Early Learning ProgramsSearch for a Child Care Facility School Year VPK Instructor RequirementsSummer VPK Instructor Requirements

Choose Your Program

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R)

Finding the right child care setting is an important decision. That’s why our CCR&R specialists are just a phone call away!
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Voluntary Pre- Kindergarten (VPK)

It’s never too early to start! Enroll in our FREE Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) Program!
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School Readiness (SR)

Get help paying for child care so your child can keep learning while you go to work.
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