Helping Children.
Helping Families.

Helping Children.
Helping Families.

We serve the counties of Baker, Bradford, Clay, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns in Northern Florida. If you are a parent, caregiver or educator of a child ages birth to pre-kindergarten in our counties, we can assist you. We manage and evaluate early child care and education programs through a quality school readiness delivery system.


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I am a PARENT or GUARDIAN and I want to:

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For Providers

I am a CHILD CARE PROVIDER and I want to:

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Families, Do You Need Child Care?

Child Care Resource & Referral Can Help

About CCR&R

We help our families find child care that is easily accessible, educational, safe, and affordable through Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) – a free service offered to you by the Division of Early Learning. Our CCR&R services can help your family by providing:

  • a customized list of local child care options
  • information about quality child care
  • financial assistance strategies and opportunities
  • referrals to other community resources and programs

To learn more about services offered through the Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) program and to request Child Care Provider Listings, Click here.

Questions About Child Care?

Our Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) Specialists Have the Answers.

ELC’s contracted service provider, Episcopal Childrens’ Services (ECS) have specialists available on the phone and in their satellite locations. All ECS Offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except for local, state, or federal holidays.

(For Immediate Assistance outside of ECS’s normal business hours you may also contact United Way by dialing 211 or visit

Experienced CCR&R Counselors are here to help. Call us today!

Administrative Office:

Toll free:

County Offices:
Baker County:


Clay County:


Nassau County:

904-432-0009 ext. 2626

Bradford County:


Putnam County:


St. Johns County:


All families receiving Child Care Resource and Referral services will be contacted to complete a voluntary survey to gauge your customer service experience with our office. All responses are anonymous and confidential and will not affect your services.

Support For Providers Through Episcopal Children’s Services

The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida supports potential and current providers through Episcopal Children’s Services, the ELC’s contracted primary service provider. Episcopal Children’s Services is available to offer information about starting a new child care business (including directing to DCF for licensing) and enhancing your program. Episcopal Children’s Services is eager to assist providers with Contracting with the Coalition and with questions about the VPK and School Readiness programs.

Contact Episcopal Children’s Services

Provider Contract Services Department
8649 Baypine Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32256

(904) 726-1500, extension 7054

Need to contact Coalition Staff?
Call (800) 238-3463 or (904) 342-2267


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Early Learning Coalition of North Florida

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Head Start & School Readiness both have similar missions, but their services vary, as do eligibility requirements.

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