About ELC Duval

Who Is ELC Of Duval?

  • ELC of Duval is the one-stop resource for information about early learning experiences in Jacksonville and Duval County.
  • Early learning experiences are important for lifelong success because the majority of brain development occurs in early childhood.
  • ELC of Duval is similar to the school board but for child care programs.
  • ELC of Duval  helps:




    • families get their children into early learning care,
    • provide child care financial assistance, and
    • child care providers improve the quality of their early learning program.

Vision Statement

We are Jacksonville’s first stop for early learning through collaborative leadership that ensures:

  • All children receive high quality care and learning
  • All families have the support they need for their children to succeed
  • All children are ready for their academic and lifelong success

Mission Statement

To lead and support the early learning community in building the best foundation for children birth to five.


  • Goal 1: School readiness programs prepare children for success in school.
  • Goal 2: School readiness programs involve parents as their first teachers.
  • Goal 3: School readiness programs shall be an integrated and seamless system of services and shall be implemented through local coalitions.
  • Goal 4: School readiness programs shall be coordinated and funding integrated to achieve effectiveness and efficiency.

Core Values

  • Quality – “We believe every child deserves excellence in early learning programs and services to make a difference in their lives and our community.”
  • Integrity – “We believe integrity is the bedrock of a trustworthy organization which promotes effective relationships and assures mindful stewardship of state resources.”
  • Respect – “We believe is essential to building the relationships that are critical to success and optimizing the talents and diversity of our families and partners.”
  • Education – “We believe ongoing education and advocacy promotes positive early learning experiences, providing all children the opportunity to succeed.”
  • Service – “We believe families and providers are unique and we strive to understand, appreciate, and serve their needs.”
  • Teamwork – “We believe working together results in a stronger organization and community.”


Early Learning Coalition of Duval,

  • Created by the Florida Legislature in 1999.
  • Incorporated in 2000.
  • Purpose was to ensure preschool-aged children from low-income working families in Duval County are prepared to enter kindergarten ready to learn and experience success.
  • Florida Statute Section 411.01 requires that School Readiness services be offered on a full-day, full-year, full choice to the extent possible in order to enable parents to work and be financially self-sufficient.
  •  Local oversight and administration of the Voluntary Pre- Kindergarten program in Duval County was added in 2005.
  • Member of partnerships and community wide efforts to improve early learning in Jacksonville and Duval County.
  • Oversight and administration of the School Readiness Child Care Financial Assistance program in Duval County was added in 2012.

Announcements & Events


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