Meeting Notice

The Board of Directors of the Early Learning Coalition of Santa Rosa County will hold the following meetings on October 11, 2022:

The schedule is as follows:

  • Executive Committee: 9:00 a.m. 

  • Finance Committee: 9:30 a.m. 

  • Full Board: 10:00 a.m.

The meeting will be held virtually through Zoom, or you may join by telephone. The links and numbers are included below. All meetings are open to the public. The full meeting packet will be available on this page prior to the meeting date. 

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(Meeting Notice published September 20, 2022)

 
 
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Board of Directors Membership Applications


The Early Learning Coalition of Santa Rosa County’s Board of Directors is made up of public and private sector representatives, as mandated by state legislation, and includes a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 30 members. All board members serve in a volunteer capacity and do not receive compensation for their participation on the Board.

We are accepting applications for new Board members. I
f you represent a private sector business or are retired and are interested in serving on the board, please complete the application 
here. If you would like more information regarding open seats, please contact Melissa Stuckey, Executive Director, at (850) 983-5313 or email here. 

 

If you are interested in completing a gubernatorial appointments application, click here. For more information on appointments through the state of Florida click here. 

 

Local Early Learning Coalitions abide by The Florida Government in the Sunshine Law which prohibits discussion outside a duly noticed meeting between any two or more Early Learning Coalition Board members regarding any matter that may come before the Board.

 

Responsibilities of the Board of Directors:

  • To develop and foster a system of services for children and families, including parental choice of eligible child care providers

  • To develop and foster a system of support for the local child care provider community to improve upon and ensure the provision of a quality early learning experience for children

  • To participate with other community partners in the provision of an integrated system of services within the county to address the needs of children and their families, with particular emphasis on the birth to five population
     

Sunshine Law and Public Records Caution: 1) The Florida Government in the Sunshine Law prohibits discussion outside of a duly noticed meeting between any two or more Early Learning Coalition of Santa Rosa County members regarding any matter that may come before the Board. This prohibition extends to discussions via email. 2) Furthermore, most email communications made or received by the Early Learning Coalition of Santa Rosa County members or staff are considered public records that must be retained and, upon request, made available to the public and media.

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From the Chairperson of the Board

You’ve probably heard many times that the positive result of an early education can last throughout a lifetime. What you may not know is that high quality early education programs are beneficial to all of us—children, parents, and the community at large.
 
Research shows us that children with a background that includes high quality early education and care are more likely to experience academic success and graduate from high school. Also, for every dollar spent on quality early learning programs, it is estimated that society saves more than $7 in future costs for special education, public assistance, delinquency and prison programs. We have also learned that communities in support of quality programs for young children become healthier, stronger and safer communities.
 
Our board is comprised of members with expertise in the areas of child development, education, public assistance, healthcare, finance, marketing, and other representatives from private sector businesses. Together with Coalition staff and a host of community partners, we are dedicated to helping link families to early education programs, providing training and support for local child care providers, and promoting positive practices in programs for our youngest citizens.
 
According to an old Chinese proverb, “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” Believing this to be true, our hope is to be instrumental in making the early learning experience one that will bring success both to our children now and throughout their lives, and success to our community as a whole.

 

Anna Price Weaver
Chairperson