All children will have access to quality early education and care, and enter school ready to learn.
The Coalition will collaborate with parents to integrate a system of services and facilitate quality early education programs that include linkages to all areas of child development.
About the Early Learning
The Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast, a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, was established following the enactment of Florida Statute 411.01 and HB 1A that establishes Florida's Office of Early Learning and local early learning coalitions. The Florida Legislature recognized that "school readiness programs increase children's chances of achieving future educational success and becoming productive members of society". The Legislature intends for the local early learning coalitions to establish programs and policies to prepare Florida's youngest citizens for success in school. The Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast operates the School Readiness Program and the Voluntary PreKindergarten Program in Citrus, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy, and Sumter Counties.
The Coalition has established a Board of Directors representing all five counties served. This Board brings together the primary agencies in our area that work with children, including the Department of Children and Families, the local school boards, Head Start programs, the Workforce Board, the Board of County Commissioners, the local community college, child care provider representatives, and the private business sector.
The Board of Directors is responsible for:
The Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast contracts with local child care providers to offer quality early learning programs that include:
Crystal River Office
|382 N Suncoast Blvd.||117 NE 1st St.||617 S US Hwy. 301, Suite E|
|Crystal River, FL 34429||Chiefland, FL 32626||Sumterville, FL 33585|
|(352) 563-9939||(352) 490-5855||(352) 793-5430|
|(352) 563-5933 fax||(352) 490-6762 fax||(352) 793-6230 fax|
|(877) 336-5437 toll free||(877) 840-5437 toll free|
|Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm|