Greetings from Our Chief Executive Officer

ELC recognizes parents are children’s primary first teachers, but also acknowledges that by participating in quality school readiness/VPK programs children will be better prepared for school. If you are a parent, caregiver or educator of a child ages birth to pre-kindergarten in our counties, we can assist you.

Our mission is to manage and evaluate early childcare and education programs through a quality school readiness delivery system. As Chief Executive Officer, I have the privilege of working under an inspired local board and working with an incredibly committed staff. I am committed to continue working to assure the ELC is represented in all community venues to include working with the local Commissioners to build awareness of the impact our work has on the local economy in terms of assuring the workforce needed has access to quality early learning for their children.

Together, we will continue to identify and meet the needs of children and families to lay the foundation for lifetime success by maximizing each child’s potential, preparing children to enter school ready to learn while helping families achieve economic self-sufficiency.


Dawn Bell

CEO, Early Learning Coalition of North Florida

Thank you to our Community Partners

Community Partners & Support for the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida is in part, thanks to the following:

  • St. Johns County Public Library
  • Putnam County Public Library
  • Kaplan Early Learning, Inc.
  • Episcopal Children’s Services
  • St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary Club
  • St. Augustine Kiwanis Club
  • RSVP of St. Johns County
  • United Way of Northeast Florida – Success by Six
  • First Book
  • Clay County Libraries
  • Nassau County Libraries
  • Elder Options
  • Ferst Foundation
  • Reinhold Foundation
  • Clay Electric Foundation
  • Palatka Kiwanis Club
  • Palatka Woman’s Club
  • Hunger Fight
  • United Way of St. Johns County

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Sponsorship by the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida and the state of Florida, Division of Early Learning.


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