Community Partners

Association of Early Learning Coalitions is an organization comprised of 30 Early Learning Coalitions throughout the State of Florida. The AELC supports the role of the Early Learning Coalitions to develop and administer a comprehensive school readiness program and voluntary pre-kindergarten program that prepares preschool children to succeed in school and in life.

Career Source of Northeast Florida is a publicly-funded agency that provides extensive workforce-related services, including finding a job, career planning and matching applicants to employers. They cover a six county area in the First Coast area: Duval, Baker, Clay, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns.

Child Care Aware of America is the national network of child care resource and referral agencies (CCR&Rs) located in every state and most communities across the US. CCAA also offers child care assistance for military families.

Child Find provides screening, assistance, information about programs and parent consultation for children with special needs in the areas of communication, motor development, vision, hearing, and preschool readiness skills.

Child Guidance Center (CGC) specializes in helping children, adolescents and their families cope with the stresses of life by providing behavioral health solutions. CGC provides assistance for behavioral issues, Attention Deficit Disorder, communications and anxiety issues, among others.

Florida Department of Children & Families (DCF) ensures safety, well-being and self-sufficiency for families. DCF responds to issues involving child welfare and well-being as well as providing licensing guidelines, support and monitoring of licensed child care centers and family child care homes. Main Contact Info. DCF administers the Child Care Training Information Center; or by phone:1-888-FL-CCTIC (1-888-352-2842); or fax: (850) 922-9156; or e-mail: CCTIC@thechildrensforum.com.
DCF also operates the Child Abuse Registry or by phone 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873).

Florida Department of Education (DOE)-VPK info works with AWI-OEL and DCF to implement and support the state's VPK program.

Duval County Health Department (DCHD) provides public health services for Duval County. DCHD seeks to promote, protect and improve the health of all people. Their programs include Children's Health and Dental, and Immunizations.

Duval County Public Schools is the public school district for Duval county. Duval County Public Schools are committed to providing high quality educational opportunities that will inspire all students to acquire and use the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a culturally diverse and technologically sophisticated world. The Duval County Public School Calendar and list of school holidays have additional information.

Early Steps supports families in the growth and development of infant and toddlers with special needs. The program partners with providers and families to deliver services that support children’s well-being and development.

Episcopal Children's Services (ECS) is a community wide partner. ECS administers the ELC Family Support program; provides Guiding Stars of Duval coaching support; and provides Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) and VPK enrollment information for all the counties surrounding Duval (Nassau, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Putnam and St. Johns).

Family Foundations provides financial, family counseling and education organization. Services are provided on an ability to pay basis. Families iare helped to learn to take control of their financial future, buy a first home or pay off debts and restore their credit.

Florida Institute of Education at the University of North Florida (FIE) is charged with the mission of strengthening the quality of education in Florida by planning and developing collaborative programs and activities among Florida's universities, community colleges, and public schools. FIE also works with ELC of Duval as a research partner for early learning and school readiness in our community.

Florida KidCare provides health insurance for children from birth through age 18, even if one or both parents are working. Florida KidCare offers four types of insurance: MediKids, Healthy Kids, Children's Medical Services Network, and Medicaid. To call for information: 1-888-540-5437

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and its State affiliate, Florida Association for the Education of Young Children (FLAEYC)are professional organizations for people who work in and support those who work in child care and early learning. NAEYC and FLAEYC provide leadership, advocacy, and professional development opportunities.

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is the local community college. FSCJ is a committed partner in offering Child Development Associates Credential (CDA) fro child care providers, as well as coninuing education from acquiring a GED to earning an Associate Degree or a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education.

Hope Haven Children's Clinic and Family Center serves children, young adults and families with a variety of educational, developmental and mental health needs. These include learning challengese and disabilities, developmental needs, autism, Down's Syndrome and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET) provides the standard framework for quality learning and development through accreditation. Using the ANSI/IACET Standard, in-depth research on the learning process and a nationwide network of experts, IACET helps companies, associations, government agencies and other CE/T providers develop a framework for continuous improvement and deliver a superior learning experience.

Jacksonville Children's Commission is a city department that provides Guiding Stars of Duval coaching support, after-school program funding, the Healthy Families program and administers the Jax Kids Book Club program. Contact Info

Jacksonville Public Library is the local public library system that serves the Jacksonville and all of Duval County. The Jacksonville Public Library has 20 branches throughout the county in addition to the Main Library in Downtown Jacksonville.

Lutheran Services of Florida administers the Federal early learning programs, Head Start & Early Head Start.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and its State affiliate, Florida Association for the Education of Young Children (FLAEYC)are professional organizations for people who work in and support those who work in child care and early learning. NAEYC and FLAEYC provide leadership, advocacy, and professional development opportunities.

Nemours BrightStart! is designed to identify preschoolers at risk for reading challenges and uses science-based tools to engage educators, parents and physicians in helping children overcome reading difficulties.

Office of Early Learning (OEL) is responsible for implementing policy in the areas of early learning, Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)and School Readiness. This includes the goal of ensuring the accessibility, affordability and quality of early learning services for Florida's children and families. OEL contracts with the 30 Early Learning Coalitions in Florida to achieve this goal.

For more than 160 years, PNC has been committed to providing clients with great service and powerful financial expertise to help them meet their financial goals. Learn more by visiting: http://www1.pnc.com/pncfoundation/.

UF/Duval County Extension Office Duval County Extension's family and consumer sciences program links education with life experience to help people improve their lives, their families, and communities. Programs are supported by the research base of the University of Florida and the national cooperative extension service. Opportunities are available for:
child care training, parenting and family life workshops, and premarital preparation, personal financial management, nutrition, and housing; as well as 4-H youth development and agriculture & horticulture.

United Way of Northeast Florida administers the First Coast area's 2-1-1 service, provides funding for Success By 6 and Born Learning family training as well as Duval County's Full Service Schools.

Announcements & Events

  • GROW UP GREAT CHILDREN'S CLOSET

    The "Grow Up Great Children's Closet" will open the first Friday of each month at 5216 North Pearl Stre... Read More
  • Florida KidCare

    The 5-year waiting period has been eliminated!  As of July 1st, all lawfully residing children in Florida may no... Read More
  • Enroll Now for VPK!

    Registration for the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Education Program - or VPK - is now open for the 2017-2018 ... Read More
  • CALLING ALL FOUR YEAR OLDS!

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