The Early Learning Coalition of Santa Rosa County seeks to assist parents by providing opportunities for the birth-to-kindergarten population to enhance their chances for educational success by participating in quality early learning programs that can better prepare children for school. The Coalition recognizes that school readiness programs increase children's chances of achieving future educational success and becoming productive members of society. The Coalition provides a seamless system of care in which children receive the high quality school readiness services necessary for optimal cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development, with the necessary alliance of screening/assessments, health care, and support for parents.
Financial Assistance for Child Care
The Early Learning Coalition of Santa Rosa County offers qualified parents financial assistance for child care with contracted child care facilities in our local area. Services include extended-day, extended-year, and school age care to support parents in their efforts toward self-sufficiency. Parents eligible for financial assistance may choose child care services from any of the Coalition’s contracted providers.
Studies of high-quality early childhood programs demonstrate that they are especially beneficial to children from economically disadvantaged households. The Coalition works closely with these providers to ensure the provision of:
- Research-based early learning activities and instruction
- Developmentally appropriate curriculum
- Literacy programs
- Character development programs
- Healthy and safe environments
- Appropriate staff-to-child ratios
- Personnel with required qualifications
- Family-friendly environment that supports parent involvement opportunities
- Parent support services
Click here to see if you qualify for assistance.
Click here for a list of frequently asked questions.
Call for assistance:
North Santa Rosa County - Milton Office: (850) 983-5313
South Santa Rosa County - Gulf Breeze Office: (850) 916-5422
The Coalition also accepts referrals for child care assistance from CareerSource EscaRosa, the Department of Children and Families, Families First Network, FavorHouse, Opening Doors of Northwest Florida, and 90Works.